How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Come on, fess up… How often do you clean your makeup brushes.  That is IF you do use one of course.  If you only ever use your fingers, then you can skip this post.  For those of you who do use makeup brushes to apply your makeup, I hope you’re cleaning them as often as you can.  For me, I try to do it at least once a week… Or I just use another brush, which is why I have so many.  Regardless, you still have to wash them eventually.

How to clean your makeup brushes

What’s the best way to wash them?  Well, you’re in luck because I’m about to share with you how I normally clean mine.  And in just five steps!

What to use

  • Makeup Brush Shampoo/Cleansers

You can use specially made brush shampoos/cleansers that are on the market.  I use Daiso’s detergent for puff and sponges, which sadly, cannot be found anymore!!  If you’re lucky to spot it at a Daiso store, I’d suggest stocking up on that.  It’s fine to use on synthetic brushes as it’s pretty gentle and still packs a punch when it comes to cleaning up makeup residue.

brush cleansers

*Ecotools just released  their makeup brush shampoo and at $7.99, I think it’s a pretty good price to part your money for.  The shampoo is made from plant-based ingredients and is free of parabens, phthalates and petroleum-based ingredients.  It has a lovely soft, citrusy scent (well, to me at least!) too.

^Real Techniques also has its own brand of brush cleanser, selling at $17.99 for a 150ml bottle.  Just like the one from EcoTools, this also is free from parabens and phthalates.  I haven’t yet tried it, but if it’s anything like it’s brushes, then I’d say to give it a go.

There are of course many others out there, but seriously, you can even use baby shampoo to clean your synthetic brushes.  Basically just use something that is gentle on the bristles.

  • Brush cleaning pad

While there are more expensive silicone brush cleaning pads out there, I know that you can also use the silicon oven mitts or like Barbe from Fashionista in Suburbia, who uses a macaron tray from KMart.  All you need a silicon based item with grooves to scrub your brushes against.  I got mine when I went to Salon Melbourne last year, but you can also purchase yours on Ebay.

  • Brush tree, towel

To dry your brushes, you can either use a brush tree, or like me, I use a towel that I peg on top of my clothes drying rack, making sure that one side is rolled so that the brush bristles are laying at an angle facing down.  This way, the water from the brush would drain off instead of falling into the handle and therefore loosening the glue that binds the bristles together.

brushes drying

For your viewing pleasure, check out a video I made above, demonstrating how I usually clean mine.

How do you clean your makeup brushes?  What cleaning solutions do you normally use? 

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