How to clean your makeup tools

Ever wondered what the right way was to clean your tools, read my recomendations below. Post written by Karen Kwan view the article on

Tool time

Maryann Richardson, a Vancouver-based makeup artist with Judy Inc., professes to be a bit crazy when it comes to keeping her cosmetic tools as clean as possible. As a pro, she has to ensure every makeup brush is cleaned after every use before using it on her next client. For us at home, she suggests we clean our brushes every one to two weeks. Her favourite brush cleaners include Cinema Secrets and MAC Brush Cleanser, and for quicker cleaning BeautySoClean Sanitizer Wipes and Mist. Here are her pointers:

Do use a special brush cleanser. While many makeup artists recommend shampoo, she finds the soap in some shampoos can be too harsh, stripping the bristles of the brush and sometimes leaving a film on the bristles thanks to over-conditioning—“it makes it difficult to pick up product with the brush in the future,” she says.

Don’t drench the bristles. When cleaning your brushes, ensure the cleaner or water doesn’t saturate the metal part of the brush holding the bristles onto the handle. “This may loosen the glue and cause it to deteriorate,” she says.

Do air dry. Resist the temptation to use a hair dryer to dry your brushes—the heat may damage the delicate bristles. Instead, swipe the brush on a paper towel to remove excess water and let air dry.

Don’t forget to wash your eyelash curler or sharpeners. Use a sanitizer wipe on your lash curler, and for your pencil sharpeners, use a Q-tip soaked in rubbing alcohol or brush cleanser.


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Makeup and Hair Artist based between Vancouver, London and LA
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