This Is Exactly How to Clean Makeup Brushes

On the long list of things you should do more often, cleaning your makeup brushes falls somewhere between calling your grandmother and vacuuming. With each passing day, however, your brushes collect dust, dirt, oil, and bacteria, meaning they’re not as effective when it comes to putting on your makeup and, more importantly, that you’re applying months of grime to your skin (gross, I know).

Now, before you cringe in disgust and frantically rush home to start cleaning your brushes, double-check that it’s being done correctly. That’s because there is an art to learning how to clean your makeup brushes. Sometimes, incorrect makeup brush cleaning can actually damage them, causing the bristles to loosen and fall out sooner than you would like. In order to ensure everyone’s makeup brushes are getting a proper (and preservative) sanitation, we decided to lay out the steps on how to clean your makeup brushes like a pro. Flip through our foolproof guide to cleaning your makeup brushes!