How to Properly Clean Your Makeup Brushes - Tips from Elaina Badro

Cleaning your makeup brushes is not just a step in your beauty routine—it's a necessity for healthy skin and flawless makeup application. As a seasoned makeup artist with years of experience in the industry, I’ve seen firsthand the difference clean brushes can make. Here’s my comprehensive guide to keeping your brushes in pristine condition, ensuring your makeup application is always on point.

Why Is It Essential to Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

Keeping your makeup brushes clean is paramount for everyone, from beauty enthusiasts to professional makeup artists. Neglecting to clean your brushes regularly can have several adverse effects, including the development of blemishes, allergic reactions, and even skin infections. Elaina Badro, a renowned celebrity makeup artist with extensive experience in the beauty industry, emphasizes the importance of this routine. Her luxury makeup brushes, designed with premium synthetic and natural fibers, demand careful maintenance to not only ensure their longevity but also to maintain hygiene. 

Regular cleaning eliminates harmful bacteria and ensures that your brushes continue to deliver professional-grade performance, giving you that perfect, flawless makeup application every time. This practice is not just about cleanliness; it's about preserving the quality of your investment and ensuring the health of your skin.

The Best Way to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

What You’ll Need:

  • Mild shampoo or a professional brush cleaner
  • Lukewarm water
  • A clean towel or paper towels
  • Your hands or a gentle brush cleaning mat

Cleaning Steps:

Preparation: Start with clean hands to avoid transferring any dirt or oil to your brushes.

Wet the Bristles: Hold the brush under lukewarm running water, bristles pointing downwards, to avoid water getting into the handle.

Apply Cleanser: Pour a small amount of mild shampoo into your palm. Gently swirl the brush in your hand or on a cleaning mat to lather.

Rinse Thoroughly: Keep the bristles under lukewarm water until the water runs clear. Avoid soaking the entire brush to prevent damage to the handle and ferrule.

Dry Properly: Gently squeeze out excess water with a towel, reshape the bristles, and lay the brush flat on a towel to dry overnight. Refrain from placing wet brushes in a vertical container. This can also cause the adhesive/glue to dissolve resulting in the ferrule to disassemble from the bristles and/or handle.

Introducing Makeup Brush Cleaning Tools

For those looking to streamline their brush cleaning routine, there are several tools designed to make the process even easier and more efficient:

Brush Cleaning Mats: Silicone mats feature various textures and ridges, perfect for deep cleaning every type of brush. Simply use a bit of your cleanser and gently swirl the brush on the mat under running water.

Automatic Brush Cleaners: These devices can clean and dry your brushes in a matter of seconds. Ideal for beauty professionals or anyone in a hurry, automatic cleaners use centrifugal spin technology to ensure brushes are thoroughly cleaned and ready to use almost immediately.

Brush Cleaning Gloves: Made from flexible silicone, these gloves offer a variety of textures and patterns to clean brushes of all sizes. They protect your hands from cleansers and provide a thorough cleaning process with minimal effort.

Each tool has its advantages, and choosing the right one depends on your personal preference, budget, and the types of brushes you use. Incorporating these tools into your cleaning regimen can help extend the life of your brushes and save time.

Do’s and Don’ts for Brush Cleaning

  • Do use a gentle, brush-friendly cleanser.
  • Don’t use harsh detergents that can damage the bristles.
  • Do replace brushes that start to shed or lose their shape.
  • Don’t share your makeup brushes to prevent the spread of bacteria.

When to Replace Your Makeup Brushes

While Elaina Badro luxury brushes are designed to last, paying attention to their condition is key. If you notice excessive shedding, a loss of shape, or diminished performance, it might be time for a replacement. On average, investing in new brushes every 1-3 years is recommended, though many customers of Elaina Badro® find that with proper care, their brushes last much longer, even up to a decade.


Maintaining clean makeup brushes is essential for both your skin's health and the longevity of the brushes themselves. By following these simple steps and considering the use of makeup brush cleaning tools, you can ensure your makeup application is flawless and hygienic every time. Explore our collection of Elaina Badro luxury makeup brushes and experience the difference quality tools can make in your beauty routine.

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