Thursday, 16 August 2012

How to clean make up brushes

So for someone who doesn't have many brushes, I am horribly lazy at cleaning them. I think sometimes if they get dirty I just buy a new one think they were "dead". Oops. After reading a few blogs I realised how bad it is to leave brushes dirty - hello bad skin!

I thought I'd give it a shot. Here's what you need (very simple, no excuses!):
- Warm water
- Baby oil or I think you can use olive oil too
- Some antibacterial soap if you want to use that
- Brushes...
- Something to dry the brushes, like paper towels

Pretty easy huh?!

Put warm water into a container and add a few drops of baby oil

Put the brush in the container and stir it

If the brushes are really dirty like mine were, put some baby oil on your hand and mix the brushes into that

I wish you could even see in the photo how awfully orange my stippling brush was coming out hahaha.

Interchange between baby oil on hand stirring and jar stirring, whatever you like

Now here's the key bit! Checking if they're clean...

Damp the brush on the paper towel and see what colour it comes out

As you can see some of mine that looked relatively clean...really weren't!

Keep cleaning and when done put them on a fresh paper towel to dry, I'd probably recommend overnight.

Ta da!

I'd probably recommend cleaning foundation brushes as frequently as possible as they come in contact (well for me anyway) daily and otherwise you're just rubbing dirt on your face, yum.

Got any tips for cleaning brushes?


  1. I've never tried this method before, I might try it. I usually use baby shampoo to clean mine :-) x

  2. I use a softening shampoo :) will have to give oil a try though! x

  3. I had never tried this before for cleaning makeup brushes. I am like you in thinking when they get too dirty I toss them and buy new! I love the banner with your blog name!

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  4. Never tried this method before! I usually just use shampoo :)

  5. Wow thank you for this! I don't think I've ever cleaned mine so I should definitely do this :\ x

  6. I use baby shampoo, but like you i'm so bad at getting round to cleaning them.. it's such a pain. I've got a blog post about how I store my make up brushes, I think you'd like it. Definitely come and check it out :)

  7. I use my Mac brush cleanser! I followed your blog, I would love it if you could check out mine at!


  8. I've never thought of cleaning the make up brushes until now! Oops. Since it is necessary I am going to start cleaning them. Thanks for sharing

    The Young Bridget Jones

  9. I am definitely going to be doing this! xxx