How to Wash Makeup Brushes. Video Tutorial

Farah Gasimzade By Farah Gasimzade5 min read

This might sound cliche, but keeping your makeup tools clean is essential for your skincare and makeup routine. Even if you are the only one using the makeup brushes, since they come in direct contact with your skin, the makeup build-up, dead skin (it’s gross, I know), and dust can easily breed bacteria which in turn can contaminate your skin causing irritation and acne. Moreover, clean brushes make the makeup application easier. With the increased awareness about hygiene right now, I decided to cover the washing of makeup brushes in my first tutorial on TikTok.


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♬ original sound – sunkissedblush

For this video, I’m using Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat and Sigmagic Brush Shampoo Foam. Both of these cleaning products were provided by Sigma Beauty, however, neither the post or the video is sponsored, and this is exactly what I personally have been using for washing my makeup brushes for over a year.

Cleaning Tools

Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat

Sigma Beauty Sigma Spa Express Cleaning Mat

Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat is a special cleaning mat made of non-toxic high-grade silicone and designed specifically for washing makeup brushes. It features a patented design, with designated areas for washing, refining, and rinsing the face and eye brushes.

The compact design of the mat – 8.89 in x 6.5 in (22.5 cm x 16.5 cm) – fits any size sink – it is 32% smaller than The Original Sigma Spa® Brush Cleaning Mat. Same as the Original, Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat has 6 firm-hold suctions cups on the reverse to secure the mat on even the slickest surfaces like wet ceramic sink or countertop.

The product is formulated without Latex, BPA and Lead and comes with a 2-year warranty. it also comes in black and rose gold shade.

Sigmagic Brushampoo

Sigmagic Brushampoo Brush Cleanser comes in 2 forms: liquid and foam. I definitely love the foam more, as it saves a lot of a product in one go.

How to Wash Makeup Brushes: Sigma Beauty Sigmagic Brushampoo Foam

The Sigmagic Brushampoo Foam Cleanser works perfectly with synthetic brushes and can clean all types of makeup residues from the bristles, including powder, oils, creams, and liquids. The natural formula itself is tough on stains but very gentle on bristles with a very simple and short ingredients list. It consists only of 4 ingredients, including potassium hydroxide which has antimicrobial properties: Sigmagic Brushampoo cleansers prevent the growth of bacteria up to 2 weeks after each wash! The brush cleaner, in general, is pretty gentle on the skin as well. However, I noticed that if I spend a lot of time washing all of my brush collection, it can dry my hands a little bit. Sigmagic Brushampoo Cleanser is hypoallergenic, vegan, and cruelty-free.


Aqua (Water), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Fruit (Palm) Oil, Potassium Hydroxide.

Sigmagic Brushampoo Foam Brush Cleanser is very easy in application: you can either apply it directly on the brush bristles or to the wash areas of the mat. I prefer applying the foam to the mat as it saves me a lot of cleansing product per wash. Finally, the Brushampoo extends brush lifespan which is also important when choosing a cleanser for your favorite tools.

How to wash makeup brushes

  • Place Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat into the sink, securing it at all edges.
  • Next, wet the brushes quickly first and put them aside.
  • Apply Brushampoo Foam to Wash Eyes and Wash Face sections of the mat.
  • Pick a brush and start lathering the brush on the mat in swirling motion until it is visibly clean. You can shampoo all the brushes in one go to save time.
  • Once all the brushes are shampooed, rinse then, preferably one by one, using the Rinse sections of the mat.
  • Additional tip: swirl the brush on the Refine section for additional cleaning, using some more shampoo if required, and repeat the Rinse step one more time.
  • Gently squeeze brush bristles to remove excess water.
  • Finally, rinse the mat and place it to the countertop.
Sigma Beauty Sigma Spa Express Cleaning Mat

How to dry makeup brushes

Perhaps, the best way to dry your Sigma Brushes is to use the Sigma DRY’N SHAPE® Tower to hang them to dry and restore their natural shape during the drying process. However, I don’t have one so I’m using a traditional flat-dry method.

Before I put brushes on the towel to dry, I try to remove as much excess water as possible while keeping the natural shape of the brush. In order for me to do so, I’m using the same cleaning mat for drying as well.

  • First, I wipe the Refine section of the mat with a clean towel.
  • Next, I’m using the same swirling motion to remove excess water from the bristles. I use one brush at a time. As you can see in the video, the brush looks much dryer after this step and its shape resembles its natural shape.
  • Finally, I’m going to leave it flat on a clean dry towel in a well-ventilated area so that bristles can dry naturally.

Final Thoughts

Some may debate that washing your brushes with shampoo cleansers can shorten the lifespan of the brush. Fortunately, Sigmagic Brushampoo Brush Cleansers also extend the lifespan of your brushes. In addition to this, Sigma Beauty brushes they come with a 2-year warranty, and what is more, their patented design is waterproof so you can clean your brushes as many times as you want. It’s a win-win situation for your tools and your clean, happy skin!

The combination of these two cleaning products saves me a lot of time for cleaning my makeup brushes. The foam works pretty fast dissolving the makeup and the patented patterns of the mat make sure all bristles are washed properly.

How to Wash Makeup Brushes: Sigma Beauty Brush in Sigma Brushampoo Foam on Sigma Spa Express Cleaning Mat close up

If you decide to purchase anything from Sigma Beauty, don’t forget to use my code to get 10% off your purchase: SKB10.

I really hope you found this video and the post helpful. If you have any questions, just let me know in the comment. Stay safe out there!

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