How & Why You Should Wash Your Makeup Brushes

This brush drying rack is the best invention! I’ve had mine for years and it really helps your brushes dry faster and keep their shape. I’ve had many of my makeup brushes for years and it’s because I wash them regularly and properly. 

Best makeup brush dryer

It’s so important to wash your makeup brushes regularly. Every 1-2 weeks is ideal.

Brushes can be very expensive and I’ve had many of mine for over 7 years because I take care of them! It also makes for better makeup application- if your brushes are dirty it makes blending your makeup much more difficult.

I love how this allows me to hang my brushes so no water gets in the shaft. This will help keep the glue strong and the bristles in place.

What Soap Should You Use to Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

You don’t need expensive “brush” soap to wash them. I used to use baby shampoo until I discovered this. This stuff is amazing! It smells good, its natural, it’s foamy, and the bottle it lasts forever!


I also just started using this brush cleansing mat and have found that it makes cleaning so much faster.

Express Brush Cleaning Mat


Here’s a quick tutorial on how to wash your makeup brushes:

  1. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water.
  2. Place the makeup brush cleanser onto the bristles.
  3. Gently massage the tips of the bristles on your palm or your brush cleansing mat.
  4. Rinse the bristles thoroughly and squeeze as you clean to ensure all the soap is removed.
  5. Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.
  6. Reshape the brush head and hang with the bristles poiting down from your brush drying rack.

How often do you wash your brushes? I hope these tools help you!

Love Lauren


  1. Elle May 30, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    I always clean my brushes with the MAC solution but I’m gonna switch to the Dr. Bronner’s soap since I’ve heard so many good things! I love the brush cleansing mat… it is really good and getting all the product out of the brushes.

  2. Dallas Pelletiu June 30, 2018 at 9:21 am

    With thanks! Valuable information!

  3. Genevieve McKay February 25, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Not going to lie.. I’m horrible about washing my brushes ????
    I want to try that brush mat though because I feel like I ruin my brushes when I was them!

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  6. Sandy Girard February 27, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Thank you so much for this Lauren! I am a huge fan of this as well and I did exactly what you said we don’t need to do – LOL! I purchased the exact same mat but I bought a special brush cleaning foam from Nordstrom. I will know better next time.????

  7. Lela Spehar March 4, 2020 at 1:54 am

    Just read your post here. I was wondering if you could answer a question for me. What type of makeup brush do you typically use? What about a brand? Is there one that you like best? I’m preparing for a wedding and I don’t have a lot of experience with makeup. I appreciate the help.

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