How to Soften Makeup Brushes? (The Right Way)

How to Soften Makeup Brushes

how to soften makeup brushes – You don’t hear people talking about often and I don’t know exactly why. It is important that you soften your makeup brushes so that you can use them in their optimal form.

But why would you do this and what is the best way to soften those makeup brushes?

The first thing that you need to ask yourself is what you wash your makeup brushes now. I hope you didn’t say “bar soap” because that is certainly not the right way to do it! Your makeup brushes need to be treated gently just like your own hair should be treated gently and conditioned to be at its best.

This is because good quality brushes are made from some type of hair and as you might know, hair needs to be treated right. 

So let’s dive into the article where I’ll explain to you why you need to soften your brushes, why your makeup brushes get hard, and how you should soften your brushes.

Without further ado:

Why do you need to soften your makeup brushes?

Keeping your makeup brushes in optimal shape is something that is quite important. You may have never thought about it, but the effectiveness of your makeup brush will make or break your makeup! But why exactly should you soften your brushes?

This is because scratchy and hard makeup brushes can cause what they call facial abrasions. Facial abrasions are a type of open wound that is caused by the skin rubbing against a rough surface such as your hard makeup brush. 

You definitely don’t want to scar your own face with your makeup brush!

By keeping your makeup brushes soft you can protect your skin from such wounds. This in turn will also preserve your makeup brush and make it so that they last much longer!

Besides the above benefits is it also great to soften your brushes because soft brushes ensure that the makeup you apply will be smooth. It will give you the healthy appearance, complexion, and polished look that you are looking for. This result is only possible with soft makeup brushes!

So, I think that by now you are convinced that soften your brushes is important to do! But…

Why is your makeup brush hard?

Your makeup brushes get hard when you don’t wash them enough. It is as simple as that. If you don’t wash your makeup brushes enough, the dirt and bacteria from your face will add up on your makeup brush. This leaves the brush harder than it used to be.

This, as you read, can lead to some facial abrasions when you keep using the hardened makeup brush. That’s why you should soften it once in a while. How you soften your makeup brushes is something that I tell you below! Read on to find out the methods to soft the brushes!

How to soften makeup brushes? (here the amount of options).

Cleaning your makeup brushes
The best way to keep your makeup brushes soft is by cleaning your makeup brushes. Dermatologists suggest that you clean your makeup brushes at least once a week. 

Here’s how you should clean your makeup brushes:

1 – Wet the bristles with lukewarm water
2 – When the bristles are wet you place a drop of cleanser into the palm of your clean hand and gently massage the tips of the bristles into your palm.
3 – Rinse the bristles, and do this well.
4 – When you rinsed out your bristles you should squeeze the excess moisture out of the brush with a clean towel.
5 – Re-form the makeup brush to its natural form.
6 – Let the makeup brush dry and do this with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter. This helps in letting your makeup dry in the correct shape.

TIP: Don’t let your makeup brushes dry on a towel. When you do that you’ll notice that the brushes will turn mildewy.

If you want to know more about how and why you should clean your makeup brushes you should read this article: How to clean your makeup brushes.

Condition your makeup brushes
Another thing you can do (when you don’t have a brush cleaner) is using a little bit of conditioner to soften your makeup brushes.

How does it work:

While you are washing your makeup brushes (as I described above) grab a tiny amount of conditioner and rub a small amount into the brush. Make it just enough for you to feel the silkiness you would normally feel with your own hair. After that let them dry as usual and you’ll find that your brushes will be as soft as when you originally bought them!

DISCLAIMER: When you use conditioner to soften your makeup brushes, you should avoid conditioners that are too oily. When you use something that is too oily you risk the chance of ruining your pressed powders.

Now, what you can also try instead of conditioner, is using baby shampoo! I know it sounds weird, but it truly works. Take a look at the video below and see for yourself!


So, now you know how to soften your makeup brushes! It isn’t hard. You just have to take care of them and wash them regularly in the way that is described above. When you do that you are ensured of soft makeup brushes that will not leave any wounds on your face!

I want to emphasize again that you shouldn’t use hard makeup brushes on your face. It just isn’t worth it. Clean your makeup brushes thoroughly and make them soft again. Then, when they are dry, you can start using your newly softened brushes. It will help you apply your makeup evenly and create the look you want.

It’s a simple solution to use it :).

Further reading material

If you found this article insightful and helpful, I may have a nice surprise for you! Below are some articles hand-picked by me that I think that you find interesting! So, do you want to know more about makeup in general? Then click on one of those links below and start reading!

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