How often do you wash your makeup brushes?

This Week's Poll

A few times a month

26%, 518 Votes


23%, 468 Votes


23%, 456 Votes

A few times a year

17%, 348 Votes

A few times a week

5%, 104 Votes


3%, 69 Votes


2%, 48 Votes

Total Voters: 2,011

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I’m pretty meticulous when it comes to my beauty tools. I have backups for all of my brushes, so if something is dirty or still drying after washing, I always have a clean one ready to use. I clean them on a textured silicone mat made for this purpose that I bought on Amazon for about $7. I use either Dawn or Dr. Bronner’s (unscented) liquid soap. And I always hang my brushes to dry, except for two of them that are double-sided, which I have to lay flat.

If I use a brush for any kind of powder makeup (eyeshadow, blush, or face powder) on a daily basis, I’ll wash it once a week at the very least. For foundation brushes, I don’t like using them more than twice before they’re washed. I never use a beauty sponge more than once. They get washed after every use.

I spot clean daily and wash every weekend. (Except my Hakuhodo brushes, which are only supposed to be washed twice a year. I do wash them more often than that though…more like once every two months.)

I have made it habit to only use specific brushes for specific products which prolongs the time in which I have to wash them.

For ex; I use the same blush brush, same brush for dark eye shadows, pink shadows, cream shadows etc. etc. this way the colors never mix on a brush.

I actually forgot what I voted for (I think I said “weekly”) but the truth is that some brushes get washed weekly (or more often) – especially eyeshadow brushes – while others (loose powder, blush, lipstick) are washed far less often.

After adding a number of Japanese brushes to my collection (ones that I use daily), my washing regimen has gone way down. Just a wipe after use, cleans them well enough. My synthetic brushes got much grosser, much quicker, IMO. Those still get washed far more frequently. The others just do not need it, IMO

My Japanese brushes were getting too oily from my foundation, even though I had set it with finishing powder. (No color, just oil, go figure.) I’ve been letting my foundation dry while I move onto brows, etc. Then, I’ve been blotting my foundation. It’s helped a lot. I don’t want to wash those expensive brushes too much, either. You mentioned you were getting new natural hair brushes awhile ago. I’d love to know what your new fav Japanese brushes are. 🙂

I would say that I wash my brushes every 2-4 weeks, but I never use any brush for that long. I have a decent amount of brushes, so when I deem one to be dirty, it goes into my “to wash” bin and gets replaced by another brush. The only exceptions I have are for foundation brushes/sponges-sponges get washed after every use, and brushes get spot cleaned with a brush cleaner after every use.

Anything squirrel is cleaned twice a month but those are used for powder products and for specific products. Anything used with creams is washed every two uses because after it just doesn’t perform good anymore for me.

I wash my brushes about twice per month using Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, which is very effective and gentle. I also quickly spray and wipe them down around every other day with a brush cleaner. With oily and acne-prone skin, keeping my brushes clean is a must.

I mean, it depends…

I wash my foundation buffing brush every 2-3 days, powder every week or so and if I use really dark eyeshadow I wash them right away. My brow brush only ever gets used with one product so I wash that far more infrequently. I find it easier to was 2 – 3 brushes every 2 – 3 days instead of doing them all in one big wash. I have duplicates, so I’m never without.

depends actually. liquid or cream brushes are washed weekly, powder brushes are washed every 2 or 3 weeks. there are brushes that contain squirrel hair which are washed twice a year.

I wash them after each use. Once in awhile I might use one a second day if it’s the same colors basically….I keep them in a glass vase and once a week I wash all of them up that were used that week. Usually I just use one and then it goes in the “to be cleaned” container. I have enough that I can wash up all the ones that got dirty once a week and then once dry, put them back in rotation.

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