How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

A great set of make-up brushes is essential if you want to create a flawless complexion and head-turning beauty look – you can discover our favourite must-have make-up brushes right here. Because you’re most likely using them on a day-to-day basis, knowing how to clean your make-up brushes is not only essential if you want them to last the distance, but is crucial if you want your complexion to be healthy and luminous.

Make-up brushes are notorious for harbouring bacteria. And if you forget to clean your brushes regularly you could end up subjecting your skin to unwanted breakouts, congested pores, and irritation and inflammation. 

To help keep your skin glowing and healthy and to keep your brushes in tip-top condition, here are our top tips for how to clean your make-up brushes.

How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

Bobbi Brown Conditioning Brush Cleanser ($40); Sephora Collection Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner ($14); MAC Brush Cleanser ($28); MECCA MAX Sponge & Brush Shampoo ($20); Clinique Makeup Brush Cleanser ($37)

How often should you clean your make-up brushes?

Unless you’re a make-up artist, you don’t need to clean your make-up brushes each time you use them. Instead, you should aim to give your brushes a quick clean each week and a thorough wash once a month. 

If you’re borrowing someone else’s make-up brushes or lending your brushes to a friend, the make-up artist rule does apply: ensure that make-up brushes are cleaned before they are used on someone else.

How should I clean my make-up brushes?

A great spray-on make-up brush cleanser should do the trick for your once-a-week clean, provided you’re the only one using them. Look for an antibacterial spray, such as MECCA MAX Brush Refresh Mist that has been designed to get the job done quickly. Simply spritz onto your brushes and then used a tissue or cloth to remove make-up.

When it comes to your monthly clean it pays to invest in a make-up brush shampoo. Avoid using household detergents as they can destroy the bristles. Gently work your chosen cleanser through the bristles before running through warm water to rinse thoroughly.

Although it can be tempting to speed up the drying process with the likes of a hairdryer, applying heat to your brushes can damage the brushes and change the shape of brushes. Instead, find a flat surface, such as a table, and lie them flat with the bristles overhanging the edge of the surface so brushes maintain their shape as they dry.

10 Cleansers for Healthy, Radiant Skin

When it comes to creating the perfect skincare routine, we’re more spoilt for choice than ever before. And while it can be a little tricky to work out what products you really need in your daily regimen and which you can do without, skincare experts believe that a great cleanser is the starting point of any great routine. 

“Cleansing in the morning helps to remove excess oils and bacteria,” explains Kerrie Moore, Dr. LeWinn’s National Training Manager. “Whereas cleansing in the evening is also essential in the evening to remove any environmental impurities, excess oil and makeup,” she adds.

But just like moisturisers and serums – not all cleansers are created equal. And to get the results you desire from your routine, you need to invest in a cleanser that’s right for your skin type. “The right cleanser will leave the skin feeling comfortable, fresh and clean,” says Moore. “It should never strip the skin of natural oils which is there for protection.”

Moore suggests investing in a nourishing and hydrating cleanser if your skin is dry or dehydrated.  “A combination/oily skin type benefits from a wash or foaming cleanser that helps remove excess oil leaving skin feeling fresh and clean. If you have sensitive skin, you should be using a fragrance-free formulation that is gentle enough to daily use,” she explains. 

Read more tips for how to cleanse your skin the right way here.


Our Favourite Cleansers for Healthy Skin

Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser ($62 from MECCA) gently detoxifies and exfoliates skin with glycolic and lactic to reveal a glowing complexion both morning and evening.

Formulated with antioxidant-rich blueberries, Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser ($58 from MECCA) refines pores and hydrates skin while it cleanses your complexion.

Make-up fanatics will love Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil ($86) which gently dissolves make-up and the day’s impurities.

Mascara and hard-to-remove make-up doesn’t stand a chance when you reach for hard-working Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm ($65).

Skin-nurturing ingredient squalane is the hero in The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser ($20.60). The formulation is perfect for dry and dehydrated skin in need of serious hydration.

Susanne Kaufmann Cleansing Gel ($75 from MECCA) has been formulated with oily and combination skin in mind. The gentle formula works to balance sebum production while cleansing skin.

No time for a multi-step routine? Multi-tasking Tatcha The Deep Cleanse ($65 from MECCA) exfoliates with Japanese luffa fruit to slough away dead skin cells. 

A healthy skin microbiome could be the secret to luminous skin. Murad Prebiotic 4-in-1 MultiCleanser ($75) cleanses skin without stripping it of essential bacteria that keep our skin balanced. 

Micellar water fans will love luxurious La Prairie Crystal Micellar Water ($200). Use it alone or before your usual cream cleanser.

Sisley Paris Radiance Foaming Cream ($150) combines the best of both worlds – it whisks away the day’s make-up will caring for skin with a nurturing cocktail of nourishing ingredients.