Make Up

Four Ways To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

August 11, 2015

Cleaning your make up brushes is such a hassle. We’re all guilty of leaving it just a bit too long between washes! But your brushes can be serious bacteria factories, which means you’re in danger of transferring dirt, dust and grime from your brushes to your products to your face every time you use them.

In an ideal world we’d all wash our brushes after every use, but that’s probably not really going to happen. If you use them heavily it’s a good idea to wash them once a week. If you’re an occasional user then 2-3 times a month is okay.

These are my four favourite methods for cleaning makeup brushes. You can use commercial makeup brush cleansers, or you might be able to get away with using products you already have at home.


1. Quick And Simple

This method is great for a quick midweek clean. It won’t remove deeply embedded product stains, but it will help keep your brushes sanitised.

You’ll need:
– Make up brush cleanser spray
– Paper towel

Spritz some of the brush cleanser spray on the paper towel. Then lightly rub your brush across the paper in a normal brushing motion. You’ll see product immediately come off onto the paper towel. Leave your brushes to dry so they’re ready to use the next morning.

washing brush with baby shampoo

2. Baby Shampoo

This is an absolute classic way of washing your brushes.

You’ll need:
– A bowl of warm water
– Baby shampoo

Mix up a squirt of baby shampoo in the bowl of warm water. Dip your brush in the mixture and swirl it around for a few seconds. Gently squeeze out the brush into a sink and then run the brush under cold water until it runs clean.



3. Bar Of Soap

This is a really effective way of cleaning your brushes, especially those that get used heavily for liquid products.

You’ll need:
– A hard bar of gentle soap or a block of Sard Wonder Soap (from the cleaning aisle)

Wet your brushes with cold water and also drip a little water on the soap to moisten it. One at a time run each brush across the soap in a back and forth motion. Product will immediately start coming off the brushes. Rinse under a cold tap until the water runs clean and then leave to dry.


4. The Beauty Blender

Everyone’s favourite sponge has its very own cleansing brick. I discovered that mine doesn’t just do a great job of cleaning the beauty blender – it also cleans brushes like a charm!

You’ll need:
– Beauty Blender Solid

Wet the brushes and the soap. Using a back and forth motion brush each one of your brushes across the Beauty Blender soap. Rinse each brush until the water runs clean. Leave to dry.

Drying Tips

Leave your brushes to dry flat on a towel or with the brush heads facing slightly downwards. This allows the water to drain away. It’s a good idea to reshape the bristles while the brushes are wet so that they don’t dry at funny angles.

How often do you wash your brushes? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Reply Amrit Khaira August 11, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Wow this is such a great post for me, I am sooo bad at cleaning my brushes, it’s pretty shameful.
    Hopefully after reading this post I’ll actually get up and clean my brushes (but probably not)
    Still, it is a good post 🙂

  • Reply Jasmine August 12, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Nice post! Although tedious, I found that cleaning my brushes once every 1-2 weeks just makes a huge difference in my skincare! I usually use baby shampoo, but if I run out, I like to use face wash. I figured that if it’s safe enough to use on your face (usually a gentle cleanser), then it should be safe for your makeup brushes too.

  • Reply The Sunday Mode August 13, 2015 at 11:20 am

    This reminds me, I should probably clean my brushes. I usually just go for the lazy ‘quick and simple’ way of washing them but I notice my makeup goes on so much better if I give them a deep clean once in a while. It just takes so long that I usually put it off, oops!

  • Reply Space of Beauty August 15, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I try and give then a clean on the weekend, I am good at quick spot cleans during the week though!

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