Makeup collections can tend to get a little bit out of hand. Between cracked powders, brushes that are in need of some serious TLC and beauty bags that haven’t been organized since last spring, it’s time for some spring cleaning. TBH, we’re totally in the same boat. It’s super important to keep your beauty products and brushes as clean as possible to avoid any bacteria. Check out these 13 tips to help you spring clean your makeup collection.

For Your Makeup


1. Repair Cracked Makeup: Have a cracked blush or powder in your collection? No prob. Pour a capful of rubbing alcohol on it and pat dry to bond it back together. Good as new! (via Brit + Co)


2. Sanitize Your Eyeshadow: To actually clean your eyeshadow palettes, simply spritz a sanitizing spray across the palette to avoid any yucky buildup. (via Beautylish)

3. Clean Up Your Lipstick: Cleaning your lipstick is important, especially if you’re just getting over a cold or if you love to mix lip colors. Break out the handy rubbing alcohol and use a tissue to remove any unwanted colors or germs. (via Chiutips)


4. Depot Your Makeup: Let’s be honest, if you’re a makeup junkie like us, you probably own all sorts of powder products. Condense your collection into a Z Palette to keep your collection ultra organized. (via Brit + Co)


5. Toss Your Mascara: We know, we know. Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara ($24) is basically the best thing since sliced bread. But after three months of using your fave mascara, it’s time to toss it to avoid bacteria. Better safe than sorry! (via InStyle)


6. Sharpen Your Pencils: The easiest way to sanitize your eye and lip pencils is by simply sharpening them with a pencil sharpener ($6). Yep, it’s that easy. (via About Style)

For Your Makeup Brushes


7. Deep Clean: There are tons of different techniques when it comes to cleaning your makeup brushes, but this is one that you really should do every couple weeks or so. Dip your brush in soapy water and rub in the palm of your hand to remove any product buildup. (via Brit + Co)


8. Use a Cleaning Glove: If you’re in need of a quick and easy deep clean, try the above technique and use a brush-cleaning glove ($35) to speed up the process. (via Sigma Beauty)


9. Clean Your Beauty Blender: Keeping your Beauty Blender in tip-top shape is really easy. Just wash it in soapy water and leave it to air dry. (via Beautylish)


10. Make Your Own Cleanser: Try this DIY cleaner that only uses two ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen: soap and olive oil. Swirl your brushes in the mixture and pat dry on a paper towel. (via Happy Money Saver)


11. Make a Quick + Easy Spray: Another fast technique is to combine a gentle soap and witch hazel to create a DIY spray cleaner. You guessed it — mist directly onto your brush or on a paper towel and swirl away unwanted leftover product. (via Liz Marie Blog)


12. Spot Clean Daily: While all of these techniques are great for deep cleaning your brushes, you should also spot clean them daily. Use an instant brush cleaner ($22), which requires no rinsing and dries quickly. (via Daily Makeover)


13. Dry at an Angle: Lastly, the most important thing to remember when cleaning your makeup brushes is to dry them at an angle or upside down. Use a drying system ($35) because if you get any kind of moisture in the brush, it will ultimately break :( (via Brit + Co)

What’s your favorite way to clean your makeup and brushes? Share in the comments below!