How to Clean MakeUp Brushes

MakeUp Brushes are comprised of three parts. The handle, the ferrel and the brush head. The brush head is machine inserted into the ferrel, and the ferrel is attached to the handle. 

All three pieces are held together by glue so it's imperative you do not allow the parts of the brush where they connect to get wet. Water will break down the glue and cause these connecting points to weaken and fall apart. 

How to quick clean makeup brushes


  • Brush cleaning spray 
  • paper towel

Brushes MUST be cleaned after every client with an anti-bacterial brush cleanser. Spray cleaners are ideal as they are easy to use, transport and because they are alcohol based dry fairly quickly.

Simply hold the brush against a paper towel, spray lightly and wipe back and forth until clean. 

Lay brush flat on counter or table to dry.

How to deep clean makeup brushes


  • Running water and sink
  • Brush cleanser or shampoo
  • Towel TIME 

Scrub your brushes with a gentle shampoo or face wash at the end of every work day to maximize brush longevity.

Grab your brushes and get near your sink. Turn on the faucet with warm water. Place a small amount of shampoo in your hand, take a few brushes at a time and wash the brush heads by rubbing them against your hand under the running water. 

Be careful not to get the metal near the handle wet and try not to soak the brush head where it is inserted into the metal. 

ALWAYS lay flat to dry over the edge of a counter.

Do not stand brush upright or face down while drying as Water will leak down the ferrul and disrupt the glue holding the brush head. 

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Genn Shaughnessy

MUAH MakeUp And Hair , 1811 Western Ave , Albany, NY 12203

Genn Shaughnessy is a Commercial MakeUp Artist, Licensed Hair Stylist and Beauty Expert in Albany, NY who provides camera ready makeup and hair styling services for HD, TV, Photo and Film. 

Genn’s ability to produce various types of MakeUp Artistry and Hair Styling for HDTV, Photo and mixed media demonstrates her amazing eye for detail and her ability to think outside the lines of conventional thinking. Genn's vast knowledge of cosmetics & beauty tools shines in writing and producing beauty segments, blog posts and educational tutorials.

Genn Shaughnessy has numerous film, print and web  credits to her name that include FOX, People Magazine, Teen People Magazine American Idols Live and Trading Spaces. She combines tremendous talent and make-up savvy with a plethora of experience and the ability to deliver uncompromising quality of work to every professional work setting.

Genn has trained under various accredited Directors and Department Heads and can boast working with celebrity clients such as; Ron Perlman, Judy Greer, Michael Shannon, Thomas Lennon, Christina Hendricks, Michael Torpey, Carrie Underwood, Alessandro Nivola, Alicia "Lecy" Goranson, Julianne Nicholson, David Cassidy, NY Giants Brandon Jacobs, and even former New York State Governor Elliot Spitzer.

Genn is also available for public speaking engagements, corporate training & seminars and private or industry staff makeup lessons.