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The Importance of Cleaning Your Make Up Brushes

The Importance of Cleaning Your Make Up Brushes

How often do you clean your makeup brushes?  Why do you even need to clean your makeup brushes?

Did you know that over time makeup brushes collect old makeup, dirt oils, bacteria and dead skin cells?  This can easily be transferred to your skin and will transfer to all other makeup brushes that it comes into contact with. It will create breakouts and contaminate your makeup and this could cause skin infection. Unfortunately, the effects can be severe.

What was supposed to be a romantic Valentine’s Day, turned out to be a nightmare for an Australian woman, Jo Gilchrist aged 27, who was admitted to Princess Alexandra hospital. She was sadly diagnosed with MRSA.  Jo experienced severe back pains that later attacked her spine. She, later on, felt numbness in her arms and chest and was induced into a coma. When she awoke from the coma she had to face the news that she may never walk again.

After numerous surgery and treatments, doctors discovered that this all happened due to bacteria that was found on her makeup brush.  She was infected by using a friend’s makeup brush that contained bacteria. The bacteria penetrated through a pimple on her face and attacked her spine.

The doctors said that she is actually very lucky. If the bacteria had gone to her brain, she would have died. If it had attacked her limbs, she would have been amputated. Sadly, she is currently wheelchair bound and doctors are of the opinion that she may never walk again.

The question on my lips now… How many times do I have to clean my makeup brush?  You need to clean your makeup brushes weekly or at least once a month. Unfortunately, if you have skin problems like acne and excess oil you will have to clean your brushes weekly to avoid further skin infection. If you use liquids and creams on your brushes you have to clean it daily, immediately after use.

Here are some of our top tips for cleaning your makeup brushes:

  • Use lukewarm water with a temperature of around 40 degree Celsius.
  • Use a medium bowl or large cup and add a few drops of normal shampoo or a gentle soap. (try our Brush Cleaning Soap for better result)
  • Put in a few makeup brushes and soak them for about a minute and then very rigorously move them around in the water.
    IMPORTANT: Under no circumstances ever put the whole brush in the water – you do not want to get the liquid inside the ferrule (metal part holding the bristles).
  • Remove the brushes from the soap and work them with your hands, remove excess makeup and dirt from the brushes bristles.
  • Once again rinse and clean your brushes thoroughly with lukewarm water of 40 degree Celsius to remove shampoo or soap. Do this until the water becomes clear of shampoo or soap.
  • Squeeze out any excess water from the brushes. This should be done gently do not damage the bristles.
  • Use a clean dry towel and gently lay brushes on it to dry overnight. Do not cover the brushes with the towel.
  • The above process should be repeated for cleaning the remainder of your brushes. Once the water becomes murky fill the bowl or cup with clean shampoo or soapy water.


We highly recommend that you use makeup brushes that are made with synthetic bristles as it is proven to be more hygienic than makeup brushes produced from animal hair.

Now that you are equipped with the hygienic info regarding your make up brushes, we urge you to start practising these good hygienic habits!


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  1. I learned this lesson the hard way! A couple years ago I was breaking out worse than I ever had and developed a rash. I couldn’t figure out what was going on, until a friend asked if my brushes were old, and I said yeah. She made me get new ones which took care of the problem. Now I clean them all the time. So I know for a fact how important it is to clean make up brushes.

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