How to keep your brushes looking like new

For me, makeup brushes are an investment so I treat them the best way I possibly can to make sure I’m getting the most out of them. When you take good care of your brushes they can sometimes last you decades. So here is my little 101 guide for taking awesome care of your brushes and how to get them looking brand new every time you wash them.



Shoving your makeup brushes into various bags when on the go  isn’t always avoidable. Storing your brushes in a place where they aren’t getting their bristles squashed or misshapen can really help prolong their life time, as well as of course preserving their quality. And if you do take them out on the go –  having a separate case for them might seem a little unnecessary at first, but not only does it help to keep their shape it also prevents getting product from your brushes all over your other items.


Any beauty lover knows that makeup brushes should be regularly washed for a multiple reasons. But that doesn’t mean we’re always that good at actually getting it done. It is a lengthy process and one that’s easily forgotten about. I try to stick to the one wash a week rule as when any product is left sitting in your brushes for over a week, it tends to stain.

I don’t have much of a preference when it comes to what I wash my brushes. There are so many pricey options on the market but I’ve never found them to be more effective than a simple hand soap.



  1. Swirl the brush around in your palm with lukewarm water first to get the bulk of the makeup residue out.
  2. Using a small amount of liquid soap and swirl your brush around. Be careful not to be too vigorous as this will cause the bristles to splay out.
  3. Rinse thoroughly to get all soap out, I like to use a gentle swirling motion again.
  4. Be careful to not get the metal part of your brush wet as this can cause the glue to come loose and bristles to fall out.
  5. Squeeze all the water out in a downward direction.
  6. Reshape the bristles.
  7. Leave to dry on a flannel at a slight downward angle, again not letting any water run down into the brush.


Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping your brushes looking like new?



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2 responses to “How to keep your brushes looking like new”

  1. anjage says:

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

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