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How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

Today we’re going to talk about how to clean your make-up brushes, an essential but often overlooked step in a healthy skincare routine.

There are dozens of ways to go about this, BUT, last year, I stumbled on an inexpensive and easy tool to use that cleans and dries your brushes in seconds.


As usual, this post is not sponsored. I buy everything myself and try out dozens of different items and gadgets that never make it to this site.

Last year, during the early part of lockdown, I ordered this make-up brush cleaning kit from Amazon in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep. And then I promptly forgot about it until it landed on my front door.

Admittedly, when I unpacked it, I thought it was going to be absolute junk. Still, I grabbed my make-up brushes and got to work. 

In minutes my brushes weren’t just clean, they were dry. And this goofy, middle of the night impulse buy became one of my best purchases of last year. 

How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes in Minutes 

How to Clean Make Up Brushes

Brush Cleaning Kit, $21

All you need is this brush cleaning kit and some Dawn dish soap. 

The kit comes with a bowl, the battery-operated wand, and various collars used to help hold any size brush and attach them to the wand. You’ll also receive a storage stand to keep the collars organized. 

Simply take one of your brushes, find the best collar to fit, attach it to the wand and then dip it into the bowl filled with soap and hot water. 

Dunk the bristles up and down for 10 seconds, and then push the button on the wand to spin. 

When you’re ready to dry, slowly lift the wand and spin it in the bowl above the waterline. 

The brush will be dry in about 30 seconds. 

Dry like you can use it immediately. No more laying flat to dry overnight. 

You’ll have to replace the soap and water a few times, but other than that, this is the most efficient way to clean make-up brushes I have ever come across. 

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How Often Should You Clean Your Make-Up Brushes?

Once a week is ideal. 

How Should You Store Your Make-Up Brushes?

The most important thing to remember is where NOT to store them. Avoid keeping them out on your counter or vanity in your bathroom. They will absorb all the moisture in the room (along with other gross things) and will become a breading ground for bacteria.  

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Thursday 4th of March 2021

No need to rinse the brushes?


Thursday 4th of March 2021

Do you have brush recommendations? I’m looking to update my brushes but so many choices! Thanks, Aimee