How to Clean Makeup Brushes feat. MUA Danielle Rutherford

I have a confession, you guys. I can be really lazy about cleaning my makeup brushes but I’m ready to stop being a nasty bitch and break the habit for the sake of my skin’s health and well-being! I turned to my buddy, NYC makeup artist Danielle Rutherford, to help me learn the best and easiest ways of easy brush bathing. Spoiler: The first two methods don’t even require special brush cleaner!

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

Danielle says,

Method One: Deep Clean with Baby Shampoo

  1. Buy yourself some baby shampoo, yes, baby shampoo! It’s super gentle and won’t harm your brushes.
  2. Dampen your brush with lukewarm water and dip it in a little bit of the shampoo.
  3. Swirl your brush around in the palm of your hand to loosen up the makeup and get all the hairs nice and clean. Rinse.
  4. Use a paper towel to pat off any excess water from the brush.
  5. Reshape the brush hairs with your fingers so when they dry, they will dry in the correct shape.
  6. Lay your brush on an angle. You want the brush hairs on a downward angle so water does not get into the base/shaft of the brush.
  7. Let dry and voila – clean brushes!

Method Two: Deep Clean and Condition with Dish Soap and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Grab some dish soap (I suggest using a natural one) and EVOO!

  1. In a dish, mix 2 parts soap to 1 part oil
  2. Just like the first method, dampen your brush with lukewarm water and swirl it in your mixture.
  3. Swirl your brush around in the palm of your hand to loosen up the makeup and get all the hairs nice and clean. Rinse.
  4. Use a paper towel to pat off any excess water from the brush.
  5. Reshape the brush hairs with your fingers so when they dry, they will dry in the correct shape.
  6. Lay your brush on an angle. You want the brush hairs on a downward angle so water does not get into the base/shaft of the brush.
  7. Let dry and voila – clean brushes!

Method Three: Spot Clean with a Brush Cleanser

  1. Get yourself a paper towel and pour some of your brush cleanser onto it.
  2. Swirl your dirty brush around in the cleanser until it start to swirl and look clean.
  3. Most brush cleansers will dry very quickly, which is why many makeup artists use them between clients.

Cleaning Your beautyblender

  1. Get your beautyblender wet, just like you would before using it, but don’t squeeze all the water out.
  2. Swirl your beautyblender around in the cleanser and rinse. Repeat until clean.
  3. Note: I have found that over time my beautyblender will get stains depending on the products used, so it’s normal if it still looks a little dirty after cleaning.

Thanks, Danielle! Check her out on Youtube and Facebook for the latest beauty buzz.

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2 thoughts on “How to Clean Makeup Brushes feat. MUA Danielle Rutherford

  1. I too am kinda bad about cleaning brushes often enough…I need to improve the habit too! I actually just washed them last night, but they were still wet and I couldn’t use them this morning, oops 🙂

  2. I don`t clean my brushes very often. It is my mistake. I am going to do it immediately. You inspired me. I will use the first method probably. It sounds easy and I have baby shampoo at home. Thank you so much for sharing this article! Best regards!

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