How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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Susan Posnick Hand Sanitizer & Makeup Brush Cleaner

We all know that it is important to keep our makeup brushes clean, but many of us wonder, ‘How often should I clean them, and how?’

Why To Clean Your Brushes

Your brushes come in contact with the oils of your skin which may cause buildup of oils on the brush, which will then transfer to your skin. In addition, they come in contact with the makeup we are using, and the makeup bag or drawer we put our brushes in, all of which can lead to bacteria forming which we are then reapplying to our face. 

Why Use The Susan Posnick Brush Cleaner?

Here at Susan Posnick Cosmetics, we have developed the perfect brush cleaner/sanitizer.

Our brush cleaner/ hand sanitizer contains only 4 natural ingredients:

  1. Aloe Vera helps to keep your brushes soft, and it has potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
  2. Lavender Oil- locally sourced is calming to the skin and mind, is anti-fungal, soothes eczema, and the oil also assists in maintaining the quality of the brush
  3. Lemongrass Oil is an antioxidant, antibacterial, and an anti-inflammatory, is also aromatherapy, and helps keep your brushes conditioned. 
  4. Isopropyl Alcohol kills 99.99% of all bacteria and dries your brushes instantly

Our brush cleaner is easy to use!

Just spray a small amount on a paper towel and swoosh the brush around until no more color is coming off on the towel. With some makeup you may see color left on the brush, especially if the hair is light in color, but rest assured, your brush is clean and sanitized.

Ideally, your brushes should be sanitized after every use and washed on a regular basis, especially now with the virus surging again. When makeup artists work, they must keep their brushes sanitized from person to person, so think of yourself as a makeup artist with your face as the canvas. 

We recommend keeping a spray bottle of our brush cleaner with your makeup, making it quick and easy to spray, clean, and re-use your brushes instantly.

Alternative brush cleaners are either chemical in nature and although they dry your brushes instantly, the chemicals are harsh on both the brush and your skin. Instant non-chemical brush cleaners are available but most of them contain water, and they also will take time to dry. 

When to Deep Clean Your Brushes

Because I sanitize my brushes daily, I wash them about once a month. Washing your brushes will extend the life of your brush, keep the hairs soft, and with the cost of good brushes, we want them to last. Unfortunately, washing them is also time consuming, so most of us don’t wash them as often as we should.

How to Wash Your Brushes 

Our self-dispensing COLORFLO foundation/sun protection brush is designed to be easily washed because the brush part unscrews from the refill. Just remember to keep the brush on its side when washing it. 

Susan Posnick ColorFlo Makeup Brush Being Washed


  1. Wet your brush with warm water.
  2. Place a little mild dishwashing liquid or hand soap onto the brush.
  3. Using a paper towel, swoosh the brush around in a circular motion until all the color is removed from the brush.
  4. Rinse thoroughly under running water.

 * This may take a few rounds, especially with foundation.

Brushes can take from a few hours to overnight to dry. Make sure they are dry before you use them again.

With these brush-cleaning tips, you should feel confident that you are taking the best care of both your skin and your brushes.

Susan Posnick is a True Beauty Expert

Susan spent 20+ years working as a celebrity makeup artist traveling the world on photo shoots, commercials, and films. In addition, Susan was Mary Kay's personal makeup artist for 18 years. When she was diagnosed with skin cancer and was highly reactive to chemical sunscreens, she shifted creative direction and began creating a natural, healthy sunscreen/foundation that could be carried with you for all-day application and protection. This first product COLORFLO, is the original compact, multi-purpose color cosmetic line, designed to de-clutter your makeup life and routine, using healthy products.

Both Susan and her products have been featured in major publications and magazines; INSTYLE, Marie Claire, VOGUE, Allure, Real Simple, Lucky, and Town and Country.

Susan is the recipient of an International Humanitarian Award for developing COLORFLO and Brush On Block and educating on the signs and treatment for all types of skin cancers.

Susan Posnick Cosmetics are clean and healthy and may be purchased worldwide in spas, apothecaries, salons, and specialty retail stores and on our online store.

Feel free to contact us with any questions and purchase your healthy beauty products from Susan Posnick Cosmetics. We are always happy to assist.

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