Maintaining Makeup Brushes: Hygiene, Storage, and Use

Maintaining Makeup Brushes: Hygiene, Storage, and Use

January 10, 2023

You’ve heard it before – vibrant skin requires maintenance. Good hygiene, hydration, and quality products are all essential to keeping your face feeling its best.

No matter how fastidious your cleansing routine, however, dirty brushes and contaminated products can get in the way of flawless skin. Like any tool, makeup brushes require a bit of maintenance. Regular cleaning, proper storage, and hygienic application can help you avoid transferring unwanted toxins and bacteria onto your face.

Our sustainability mindset means we design Aleph products and tools to last. Following a few simple steps can help extend a brush’s lifespan even farther while also promoting healthier, clearer skin.


Our environment is covered with foreign bacteria and pollutants that can upset the skin’s natural balance, leading to breakouts and irritation.

The best way to keep your face clear is to clean everything and anything that comes into contact with your face – including your hands, your products, and your makeup brushes.

To protect against contamination and bacteria buildup, we recommend washing your brushes after each use.

Simply hand wash with warm water and hand or dish soap for 30 seconds. Be sure to smooth the bristles in the palm of your hand to get all the remaining makeup from the brush. Rinse it well, gently pinch the bristles, and leave it out to dry.

You can also perform a deeper clean using our favourite natural recipe. An intensive clean like this can be done every few weeks. However – be aware that a thorough scrub once in a while shouldn’t replace daily cleans.


When it comes to storage, the more air the better. It’s important for your brushes to dry out completely every day, so it’s best to avoid stuffing them in a makeup bag or a cramped drawer.

A recycled jar or cup is the perfect place to store brushes in an upright position, allowing them to breathe and maintain their shape for the next day.

Never leave brushes soaking, as this can damage the glue over time and encourage bacteria to grow.


To start, be sure to wash your hands before even touching your products.

When you’re ready to apply your makeup, place a small amount on the back of your hand, and apply it using your brush. Always scoop using your Mixing Tool, rather than dipping your brush directly into product jars. This helps you to avoid transferring bacteria from your skin back into the pot.

Placing a brush directly into the jar is also less effective, as excess product becomes trapped between the bristles. Using the mixing tool allows you total control over your quantities, helping your products live longer.

To learn more, explore this tutorial video on using and maintaining your brushes.


We’re here to help! If you have any questions after reading this article, please contact us.

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