How to Dry Makeup Brushes

Makeup Brushes come in many shapes and sizes. There are brushes for foundation, blush, eyeshadow, and even concealer.  If you’re new to the makeup world, it can be confusing knowing how to properly clean your brushes. That is once you master what brushes are used for what to begin with. Even the biggest makeup fans might not have the best makeup cleaning method.

One of the more overlooked facts of makeup is that makeup brush care is not just about washing your brushes, but properly drying them. If you have ever wondered how to dry your makeup brushes, then you have come to the right place. Or maybe you just feel like your method is not getting the job done. I have dealt with this as well and have researched and tried out the best ways to dry your makeup brushes, and found a few solutions. I have a quick step by step guide for you to help skip over the learning curve process. Let’s get started. 

Cleaning Your Brush

First things first. Before you can dry your brushes, you need to properly clean them. This is also a step many skip over or don’t do properly. Here is a brief step by step guide on how to wash your brushes:

  1. Completely wet your brush.
  2. Mix soap or a brush cleaning solution into a small jar or bowl.
  3. Swish the brush around until clean.
  4. Rinse out the brush.
  5. Repeat if necessary.

Simple enough? 

Drying Your Brush

Now that we have nice, clean brushes, we can get to drying! While it might seem like a simple feat, it can be difficult to figure out how to dry makeup brushes. They take quite a bit of time to dry, even though they are so small due to their design and the heavy influx of moisture from washing them. However, there are some ways to prevent half-dry brushes or molding. Here are the top options: 

1. Towel Dry

The initial moisture trapped in the brush can take hours to dry, so try rubbing the brushes on a dry towel. This will soak up the majority of the moisture, making for less wait time. You can let the brushes sit on the towel afterwards to finish the drying practice, or some people cover the brushes over the towel to be sure it can soak up as much moisture as possible. 

Using the right type of towel can make a world of difference, so make sure your towel is fully clean and if at all possible, microfiber. Make sure the towel is large enough to hold all your brushes moisture when layed out. 

2. Hang Them Up

If you are prepared to give the brushes a bit of time to fully dry, consider hanging your brushes upside down to dry. This can be done in a few ways: a makeup brush holder, attaching them to a hanger or finding something around the house to hang them on. 

Regardless of the means, it is important to consider this may be one of the more effective methods, but it will take a significant amount of time. If you are able to, set a towel beneath the brushes for any drippage. 

3. Blow Dryer

If you are in a giant rush and need to dry your brushes quickly, you can use a blow dryer. Keep the settings as cool as possible to prevent heat damage to the brushes. Pat down the brushes with a towel and hold the dryer at least a few inches from the brushes. 

This is a much quicker method but does require some patience and more work on your end. However, if you are in desperate need of using the brushes and have already washed them, this can save you. Make sure to use this method for emergencies only, as air drying is a lot better for the environment and less work. 


There you have it! Our top 3 drying methods for makeup brushes. Brushes need to be cleaned about once a week. To some, this may be much more often than you realize. If you are having skin issues, this could be the reason! So add it to your weekly routine.

Whether you have been cleaning your brushes diligently or are ready to start, some people struggle with limp or low brush quality after washing their brushes.  Incorporating one of these drying methods can help prevent the deterioration of your brushes immensely. Be sure to check our other articles for more tips on keeping your brushes healthy and doing their job!  Here’s to glowing skin for all of 2021. Let those brushes dry!

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