The Right Way to Clean Your Makeup Brushes, According to a Pro

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If you’re wearing makeup on a regular basis, more likely than not, you’re probably using brushes with a bit of buildup on them. As a result, your brushes may not be able to give you the right amount coverage you’re looking for. In this case, knowing how to clean your makeup brushes properly will make all the difference. Not only will they feel as good as new, but you can also rest assured that by cleaning them regularly, they’ll last you for years.

To make sure you’re cleaning your brushes as efficiently as possible, we tapped Robin Black, a celebrity makeup artist (and founder of Beauty is Boring), for her expertise. “For your personal makeup brushes, once every three to four uses is ideal,” she says on the subject of how often you should be cleaning your brushes. She also mentions that brushes that are exposed to cream products are more prone to bacteria than those used for powder.

As for cleaning her brushes, Black begins with a shallow bowl of warm water, letting the brushes soak for a few minutes. Then she’ll swirl them across a bar of brush soap (we like this one from Beautyblender, £15) before rinsing them. When she has time, she’ll add in a bit of hair conditioner and rinse again. If there’s still visible product in the brush, repeat the process. Black also mentions a general tip to keep in mind for your brushes: “Smell your brush. If it smells weird or mouldy even after cleansing, get rid of it.” Scroll down to see some makeup brushes to shop and keep in top shape.

Artis Brush Elite Gold Palm Brush (£75)

You can use this brush for everything ranging from foundation to powders.

Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush (£33)

The tightly packed brush head will allow you to get full coverage.

By Terry All Over Powder Brush: Dome 1 (£80)

You’ll love using this ultra-silky brush all over your face.

Chanel Pinceau Blush Blush Brush (£42)

This brush will help you get the perfect amount of pigment whenever applying blush.

Chantecaille Cheek Brush (£45)

Use this brush to gently contour or apply blush.

Fenty Beauty Powder Puff Setting Brush 170 (£26)

The bristles on this brush are extremely loose, allowing you to freely blend all your pigments.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Lux Complexion Perfection Brush #7 (£36)

With the foundation brush along with the concealer end, this is the perfect two-in-one brush to own.

KVD Beauty Lock-It Edge Foundation Brush (£26)

The angle of this will help you get the perfect blend all over your face.

Kjaer Weiss Cream Eyeshadow Brush (£28)

This will make applying your eye shadow so much easier.

La Mer Loose Powder Brush (£60)

A velvety soft brush from the famed moisturiser brand, this is easily worth the investment.

Guerlain L'Essentiel Retractable Foundation Brush (£38)

The retractable feature makes this perfect for when you’re on the go.

MAC Cosmetics 170 Synthetic Rounded Slant Brush (£28)

Slightly domed, you’ll be able to easily buff out pigments using this brush.

La Prairie Liquid Foundation Brush (£105)

Use this brush for your liquid foundation to achieve full coverage.

Nars Ita Brush (£44)

This small flat brush features natural bristles.

Nyx Pro Multi-Purpose Buffing Brush (£14)

You’ll love using this fluffy brush to puff out foundation.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (£9)

A quality brush for an affordable price point.

Sigma Beauty F80 Flat Kabuki Brush (£19)

You’ll get medium-to-full coverage when using this brush, which has synthetic fibres.

Tom Ford Beauty Bronzer Brush 05 (£84)

You’ll easily get a radiant and even complexion using this bronzer brush.

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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