How to clean makeup brushes

You know you must remove your makeup thoroughly before going to bed, and there are chances you also know that you need to clean your makeup brushes every now and then. But while you do the former, do you also remember to do the latter, or do you end up postponing it to the next time, and then to the time after that, and so on?

If you are the kind that puts off cleaning makeup brushes, its time to change that habit now. You do not want your brushes to absorb oil, dirt and makeup residue, because then they become fertile territory for bacterial growth. Surely, you dont want to spread germs on your face! 


Why its important to clean your makeup brushes regularly


Your makeup brushes touch your face every time you use them. Thats reason enough to keep them squeaky clean! You need to clean your brushes once a week, or at least once every 10 days. Heres why you must take the trouble to clean your brushes regularly.


  • When you use your makeup brush, you transfer whatever is on the brush to your face, and vice versa. This means if your face has a build-up of oil, dust, bacteria and dead skin cells, you are transferring them to the makeup brush. And when you swirl the brush in your makeup to use it next time, your expensive products are bound to get contaminated. 
  • The bristles of your makeup brushes can get stiff with dried up product. When you use a stiff brush on your face, it can cause irritation and abrade your delicate facial skin. 
  • If your makeup brushes are dirty and have caked residue, the bristles are going to get stiff and fall off eventually. In order to make your makeup brushes last longer, it is essential to keep them residue-free and as clean as possible.


Okay, now that you are convinced about the need to clean your brushes, you also have to know how to clean makeup brushes.


Techniques to clean your makeup brushes kit like a Pro!


How to clean makeup brushes


There are various methods to keep your makeup brushes clean and hygienic. You can opt for any of them, as long as you do it regularly and thoroughly. 


How to clean makeup brushes with warm water and shampoo

  • Rinse the brushes in warm water, preferably running water, to loosen caked up makeup residue. Keep rinsing until the bristles are soft to touch.
  • Apply shampoo to the bristles. The amount of shampoo you need to use will depend on the size of the brush. Use more for bigger brushes, and less for smaller ones. For instance, your concealer brush or your eyeliner brush can do with just a blob. 
How to clean makeup brushes
  • Next, work up a lather. You can fill a bowl with lukewarm water and gently swirl the bristles of your makeup brushes kit several times. Do not let water get into the ferrule, which is the metal part of the brush. You do not want water seeping into the metallic part and rusting the metal. 
  • You can also use a silicon brush cleaner mat to rub the brushes on, so that the makeup products come off properly. The Plume Silicon Brush Cleaner Mat is perfect for this!
  • Now rinse the brushes until all the shampoo is washed off. 
  • Take a soft, clean cloth and gently squeeze the excess water from the brush head. 
  • Lastly, lay your makeup brushes set flat on a clean towel to dry. 


How to clean makeup brushes using alcohol

Alcohol is an excellent sanitiser, and it leaves your makeup brushes squeaky clean. But it is very drying, and you need to be careful not to overindulge in it. In order to clean your makeup brushes using this method, you will need alcohol, a spray bottle and a soft, clean cloth. Here is what you need to do.

  • Take a spray bottle, and fill it with alcohol.
  • Using the spray bottle, spray alcohol on your brushes one by one.
  • Wipe off immediately with a soft cloth. 
  • You can also spray some alcohol on your makeup brushes kit after washing them with shampoo and water. Make sure to wipe them off immediately. 
  • Lastly, lay your makeup brushes set flat on a clean towel to dry. 


Introducing the Plume Silicon Makeup Brush Cleaner Mat

You now have a fairly clear idea of how to clean your makeup brushes. But there is a much easier method of keeping your makeup brushes kit in top condition, and that is using the Plume Silicon Makeup Brush Cleaner Mat

A small device, it fits neatly in your hand and does an excellent job of removing all the dirt and grime that your makeup brushes tend to collect. Not only is it easy to use, it is also non-messy and does the job quickly and efficiently. Heres how to clean makeup brushes using it. 

  • Pour a little shampoo/brush cleaner liquid on your makeup brushes.
  • Rub them gently on the Plume Silicon Makeup Brush Cleaner Mat. 
  • Next, wash them with water.
  • Lastly, lay your makeup brushes set flat on a clean towel to dry. 


Did you notice just how easy it is to clean makeup brushes using the Plume Silicon Makeup Brush Cleaner Mat? In just a few steps, you will get ultra clean and hygienic makeup brushes.  

Remember, there is no point in buying high quality and expensive makeup brushes, if you do not take care of them. You can choose any method you like to clean them, but we recommend opting for the Plume Silicon Makeup Brush Cleaner Mat. At just Rs 190, it is very affordable and does the job to perfection.


Cleaning your makeup brushes is not only essential, but is therapeutic as well! You must spend a few minutes on the weekend to clean your makeup brushes. You will be content that your brushes are dirt free for the next time they touch your face.