How to Clean your Makeup Brushes

Bacteria, residue, and dirt; Oh my! The thought of any of these things on your face is enough to make you shriek and run to your nearest powder room for a quick wash with your favorite Butter Bar Cleanser. But what if we told you that dirt and residue came from brushes?! That’s right, your daily makeup brushes are a major source of dirt and oil that can cause or bring back unwanted acne. In addition to drinking water, washing your sheets and towels, and eating a clean diet; washing your makeup brushes is pertinent to keeping away pesky breakouts, unwanted infection, and even some toxins such as fungus or E. Coli. [gasp] 

So, lets clean some brushes shall we? The first step to cleaning your brushes is reducing excess or loose dirt. This can be done by wiping brushes on a dry paper towel or napkin in small circular motions. Once you do this you want to also rinse excess makeup and dirt off in lukewarm water. Be sure to only rinse the tips of the brush hair, getting the entire brush wet will likely affect the glue that holds the brush to the handle. 

We recommend washing brushes in a mild cleanser such as our Black Honey Skin Balancing Cleanser.  Fill a small bowl with water and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar or witch hazel. Put one small pea sized drop of your cleanser onto the makeup brush. Massage the cleanser into the bristie hairs, and expect a small lather. Then rinse the brush in the bowl of water by swirling it in small circles; Remember, do not submerge the entire brush into the water! Once you rinse the brush in the bowl, rinse it again under running water while widening the brush to wash out the excess soap in the bristles. Continue doing this until the water running from the brush is clear. Use a paper towel to dry the water from the brushes by simply laying the brush in between a folded paper towel and mashing the bristles with the palm of your hand. This will soak some of the water out to decrease your drying time. Once you’ve cleaned and drained your brushes, lay them on a paper towel on your counter, with the tip of the brushes hanging off the end of the counter. You never want to dry your brushes upright as that will allow the water to drip down your brush and loosen the glue holding it together. 

It is really a simple and quick but very necessary task to ensure your overall skincare health and reducing breakouts and acne. In addition to cleaning your makeup brushes regularly you must also remember not to share your makeup brushes with anyone. What you can share are your amazing new tips for how your friends and family can keep their own brushes clean and clear as well! 

One last thing to consider before you utilize your fresh brushes is of course, primer! Did you know our Melan- in Serum is a great makeup primer in addition to all of its other amazing benefits to your skin?! The serum also provides sun protection, and replenishes your skin with the vital nutrients it needs for healthy skin cell regeneration, all while acting as a primer to create a matte makeup look. You’ve got it all beauty, glowing and smooth skin; now for those final touches with your like-new brushes!

Try this!

Melan-in Serum (MPF)

Black Honey Skin Balancing Cleanser


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