how to: wash your makeup brushes


May 9, 2012 by Heather

Today I shall impart to you important knowledge.  You’re welcome, in advance.

Before I do though, I want you to know that I have only been washing my makeup brushes regularly now for about two months.  So I am hardly a clean-makeup-brush snob.  I am getting there, though.  But only because I have seen the glory of how much better a clean brush is than a dirty one.  SO, don’t be embarrassed or think, Is this something I am supposed to have been doing all this time?  Because I never thought to do it either.  You are not gross, but your makeup brushes are.  I’m sorry, I’m sorry.  But if I don’t tell you then I don’t know who will.

It only takes like a minute to do, at least after the first time.  If you’ve never washed your brushes before, it might take more like five minutes because of all the nasty crap you will find living inside of your powder brush.  So you’ll have to wash, rinse, and repeat until that thing is rid of its sins.

I try to wash my makeup brushes once a week.  Do it at night and they will be clean and dry the next morning for you to use.  And I’m telling you… you will notice a big difference.  Your brushes will be so very soft and will work way better, trust me.

All you need: baby shampoo and water. It even cleans waterproof gel eyeliner off of a brush. We also use this on our dog.

Squirt a little shampoo in your hand.

Get your brush wet under some lukewarm water.

Swirl the brush around in your hand to get the shampoo all up in it.

Flop it around from side to side. That sounds so gross.

Dig your fingernail into the depths of the brush. You will discover all kinds of bronzer gunk, I promise.

Squeeze out the excess shampoo. If it is still the color of makeup, you’ll need to repeat the whole process after rinsing until the soap squeezes out white and clean. The first time I washed my brushes I had to wash them like four times each, no lie.

Rinse really well, especially if you don’t have to wash it again. Dig your nail into the brush and make sure all the soap is out.

Squeeze out the water and reshape the brush into its regular form.

Same thing for smaller brushes, you just don’t need as much shampoo.

Swirly swirl.

Scrubby scrub, rinse-y rinse. Repeat if needed.

Lay out your washed brushes on a towel to dry overnight.

Allow your assistant to sniff each brush to make sure they are totally clean.

Ta-da! So fresh and so clean, clean.


P.S.  Still pregnant.


10 thoughts on “how to: wash your makeup brushes

  1. I hadn’t thought to use baby soap. I’ve been spending money on that expensive makeup brush crap (I use bare minerals) and not using it. Baby soap and baby wipes are great for EVERYTHING…not just making babies smell good 🙂

  2. budziak says:

    What kind of brushes do you use? They look nice 🙂

  3. Great advice. I didn’t really know what I was doing with cleaning brushes and I feel like I learned something from this. Great blog!

  4. Fancie says:

    This is exactly how I clean my brushes. Great post!

  5. Hannah J. says:

    I am going to wash mine today.

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