Thursday, 28 February 2013

How To: Clean Make-Up Brushes

It's one of those tasks that many bloggers hate, but for some reason, I love! There's some I find so satisfying about lugging my brushes to the bathroom and giving them a good ol' clean. Not only is it super important for hygiene reasons (make-up brushes can carry absolutely heaps of germs!) but I'm also left very satisfied with my lovely, clean (read: not orange/brown) brushes! I try to wash my brushes about twice a week, just because I have quite troublesome skin so like to keep things clean. Normal skin type gals (or those who just don't get the satisfaction from clean brushes that I do) should be aiming to give there brushes a clean at least once or twice a fortnight.

Now onto the super easy method I use to clean my brushes. I like to use baby shampoo just because I know it's formulated to be really gentle and you don't want to use anything too harsh on your brushes. Recently I've been using one by Home Brand basically just because it's the cheapest one I could get my hands on but I've also heard great things about the Johnson's ones if you're not in Australia. All I do is get the bristles of my brushes wet, making sure to hold them with the bristles facing down so water doesn't run back up into the brush which can cause the glue inside to rot, put a little pump of shampoo in the palm of my hand and twirl the brush around. Don't be too rough but don't be scared to give them a good clean. Once all traces of make up are gone, I just rinse the shampoo off, swirling in my palm again to check that it's all been washed away.

Now I give the brushes a quick dry with a towel to remove the bulk of the water before leaving them to dry like shown in the picture below. It's important to have the bristles hanging over the edge or your brushes will dry with a flat side! Also remember not to store them bristles up whilst drying!

I hope you found this post helpful! Let me know if you've got any tips for me to improve my brush cleaning techniques!



  1. i've been told to wrap mine in tissue to help them set again properly? xx

    1. Good idea, I'll try the tissue method!

      I like the use of baby shampoo, I will try this.
      Can't believe it harbours a lot of germs, puts me off :-\
      UK High Street Fashion

    2. Oh I've never heard of doing that! I'll have to give it a go next time, thanks for the advice x

  2. great idea of how to clean them;)x


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