Monday, 23 January 2017

How I Clean My Make Up Brushes

How to clean make up brushes
This post has been a long time coming and honestly, the only reason I haven't posted it sooner is because I haven't cleaned my brushes properly in ages - yes gross, I know. I've tried a few different methods over the years and honestly this one is definitely the easiest and the fastest. 

So far I've tried washing up liquid and olive oil which is far too messy, thorough, but messy. Then I tried liquid brush cleaner which doesn't really do enough of a job, it's better for spot cleaning. Then last and definitely least, gel cleanser which might as well not even be a product. I know this method is 100% fool proof, won't cost you a bomb and will leave your brushes super soft!

You will need;

Make-up Brushes
Hand Soap
Cleaning Pad (optional)

Step 1. Probably best to not tip all of your brushes into the sink, it serves no purpose other than the fact that it makes a good photo lol. Have your brushes, soap, running water and optional cleaning pad within good reach. 

Step 2. Work one at a time. Rinse the hairs of each brush as you go along making sure they are upside down to prevent water going into the funnel as much as possible. You'll see why later.

Step 3. Pump some hand soap onto your palm, gently swirl the brush in the soap and be disgusted by how much old make up comes off. That's when you know you're doing it right. 

Step 4. When you're done with that brush, rinse your palm and the brush and gently smooth out the excess water. Then lie them down or stand them in a glass upside down to dry. 

TIP: It's best to let your brushes dry upside down where you can. I used to line a pint glass with kitchen roll and carefully place my brushes in being careful not to over crowd or miss-shape. This way the water runs down and doesn't stay in the funnel loosening the glue which will eventually make your brushes lose hairs.

Step 5 (Optional): If you're using a brush pad, keep this for more dense brushes to see the best results. Put one pump of soap onto the pad and swirl your brush in. It's like magic. Here I'm using the Real Techniques one but I believe you can pick them up on Amazon now for next to nothing.

How to clean make up brushes
Do you have any brush cleaning tips that you'd like to share or some magic trick to just make them all clean with no effort? No? Okay.



  1. I have been meaning to clean my brushes properly all week - how is it Thursday already? I'm definitely glad though! This will definitely help though.

    Great post and I'm 100% jealous of your photo skills lately mate, they're awesome.

    Kayla |

    1. I've literally been meaning to clean these for like... months. They were gross! I don't even know where this week is going!

      Thank you lovely! I'm super jealous of your hair skills! X


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