How to Deep Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Deep clean your SMAK natural / synthetic brushes once or twice a month with a gentle brush shampoo. (Pro Tip: We recommend baby shampoo. Avoid soaps or shampoos that contain alcohol on natural hair bristles.)


Follow the below steps for best results:

  1. Wet the bristles under lukewarm running water, angling downward to ensure that the metal ferrule of the brush doesn’t get wet. Water in your brush’s ferrule can eventually break down the glue holding the handle and the bristles together.
  2. Swish the wet brush directly into your palm or the cleaning pad and use the baby shampoo to create a delicate lather. 
  3. Continue to swish the wet, foamy bristles gently in the palm of your clean hand or cleaning pad. You’ll begin to see makeup pigment release.
  4. Rinse the brush just like you did in the first step, pointing the brush tip downward under lukewarm running water. Use your fingers to gently move the hair around to ensure that all makeup and shampoo has been rinsed clean.
  5. Gently squeeze out any excess water, then rub the bristles gently in circular motions on a cotton towel and place your brush in a Brush Guard. (Pro Tip: Use SMAK Guard breathable mesh sleeves to maintain your brush’s shape and keep bristles in like-new condition.)
  7. Allow your brushes to dry upside down overnight. NEVER keep your wet brushes upright. The water will drip down into the ferrule and disintegrate or the bristle will be catching mould.  Also, avoid laying brushes down to dry as it doesn’t allow the bristle to air properly. (Pro Tip: The BEST option is to hang them upside down by using SMAK Drying Holder.)



Pro Tip: Avoid keeping the natural hair makeup brushes dry in humid areas. Some of the natural hairs may have a light animal odour after being washed, please keep them close to a dry ventilated area when drying for the smell to go away.

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