Nov 25 2013

How To Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

Today I have something a little different to share with you.  It may not be the most glamorous post, but I discovered it is so important to clean your make-up brushes regularly.  First and foremost, brushes collect bacteria, especially if you break out a lot.  When you use the brush over and over without cleaning, you are just spreading the bacteria around.  Lastly, brushes are expensive and you want to make sure you take good care of them to get the most use out of them.

I know there are suggestions on Pinterest on how to clean your brushes, but I have found that the process I use has worked great for me.

Here is what you will need:

  • Dirty make-up brushes (check!)
  • Shallow glass bowl
  • Water
  • Washcloth
  • Johnson’s Baby Shampoo.  (Of course you can use shampoo specially made for brushes, but Johnson’s works great & is WAY less expensive than make-up brush shampoo that you find at beauty stores)
  • Optional: Johnson’s Baby Hair Conditioner (I didn’t have any on hand, but would help soften your brushes)

Brushes 1


Step 1: Add a pea size drop of shampoo to your glass bowl.  Add lukewarm water just so that it will cover half of your brush bristles.

Step 2: Swirl your brush into the water for several seconds.  Be sure not to get the metal part of your brush wet, otherwise you may risk loosening the glue that holds in the bristles.  I like to gently press the bristles against the edge of the glass bowl.  This helps loosen the make-up caught up in the bristles.  Do not soak your brushes!

Brushes 2


Step 3: When the water gets cloudy with make-up, pour out the water and run your bristles under lukewarm water.  Again, be sure not to get the metal part of your brush wet.

Brushes 3

Step 4: Repeat steps 1 through 3 until the water remains mostly clear when you swirl your brush (may take several repeats of 1-3), adding a small drop of conditioner to the water the last go around.  Be patient and turn on some music in the background!  It can be a lengthy process especially depending on how many make-up brushes you have,  but SO worth it in the end.  You will have clean brushes and fewer breakouts!

Brushes 4

Step 5: Take a small drop of shampoo on your finger and rub it over the brush handle (the black part seen in the photo below) to clean.

Step 6: Carefully wring out your brush by squeezing the brush though your pointer & middle finger.  Pat dry, reshape your bristles and layout on a washcloth overnight.  I turn over the brush after a couple hours to a dry spot on the washcloth.

Brushes 5

I like to have several brushes that are used for the same purpose (4 for applying foundation, 2 for blush, 2 eye shadow, etc.).  This way I can switch to a new brush each week, or every other week  and clean all my brushes at the end of the month.  I don’t switch out my blush and eye shadow brush as often as I do my foundation/concealer brushes.

Do you have any tips to clean your make-up brushes?  Would love to hear!

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