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How-To: Dry-Clean Your Makeup Brushes

I've taught you how to create your own makeup brush cleaning solvent in the past and I've even suggested a few of my favorite gentle professional brush cleansers. But after speaking with someone from pro brush-making company Hakuhodo, I learned a little something I'd like to share with you. Did you know that the best way to remove oily liquid foundation or waxy lipstick from your makeup brushes is by using dry corn starch? Here's what you'll need and what to do:


  • Fill a plastic bag with corn starch (make sure it's the sugar and preservative-free kind).
  • Drop the brush inside (hair down) and hold the mouth of the bag closed.
  • Shake for one minute and then remove the brush. Dust off the corn starch and repeat two more times until all of the greasy residue is gone.

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xMiss-Worldx xMiss-Worldx 6 years
I'll try it.. very new to me! :)
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
Oh, I will definitely try this one - great tip, Bella!
babygal14 babygal14 8 years
cool im going to try this!!!!!!!!!1:)
Miss-Tat Miss-Tat 8 years
I tried this last night .... It works! it made my brush fluffy and clean just like back when i bought it... my regular brush cleaner could NEVER do it...
missdiorluxe missdiorluxe 8 years
Cool, thanks!
berrymix berrymix 8 years
thanks for the tip bella!
SparklinSeahorSe SparklinSeahorSe 8 years
wow! weird but i guess i'll try it!
DreaAST DreaAST 8 years
good info!
brittanyk brittanyk 8 years
What a cool, simple idea. I'm going to try it.
starbright14 starbright14 8 years
Will definitely try this tonight.
AllaWallaBalla AllaWallaBalla 8 years
That's an awesome tip! Thank you! Should I cleanse the brush with my normal cleanser afterward to kill bacteria and such or does corn starch have anti-microbial properties? I'm kind of clueless =X
katie_c katie_c 8 years
what a great tip! i usually use sephora's makeup remover cleansing cloths but this is a great idea--seems less wasteful as well.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Hey Everyone, I learn something new everyday. Thanks for telling me about the difference between corn-meal and corn starch. I changed the image to accordingly!
MindayH MindayH 8 years
Great idea. Even if I don't do it...it is still a good reminder to clean my makeup brushes!
metallicnymph metallicnymph 8 years
This seems as if it will be pretty easy... which is wonderful, because now there's no reason for me to not clean my brushed more frequently.
foxie foxie 8 years
LOL @ the picture. Neat idea though. Cornstarch is the sh!t.
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 8 years
lol yes that is definitely cornmeal, not cornstarch. cornstarch is white powder, like flour!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
i use a makeup remover cloth, it works fine
nomerz nomerz 8 years
I might try this ... getting all the foundation off my MAC brush is hopeless! maybe this will do the trick...
lollypoppers lollypoppers 8 years
yeah, it looks like an image of corn grits/polenta certainly not starch!
marcella marcella 8 years
I'm going to try this with cornstarch!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great tip!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Really?!?!?! I am going to try this out!
EllasMom EllasMom 8 years
Um, isn't that a picture of cornmeal?
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