Monday, 3 September 2012

How to: Clean Make Up Brushes

Happy Monday my little beauties 
I hope you all had a great weekend

I don't think some people understand the importance of cleaning their make up brushes 
but I really can't stress enough, if you don't already do it PLEASE START!!

If not for the sake of your brushes, because lets face it good make up brushes don't come cheap!
but for the sake of your face! 
Brushes that aren't cleaned regularly hold onto grubby little things like:
Dirt, Oil and Dead Skin Cells
These aren't things you would want to rub all over your face every day
but if you don't clean your brushes that is what you are doing!

There is no point in being religious with your skincare routine 
If you are going to undo all your hard work by using dirty brushes

So here's an easy and very cheap step by step guide on how to clean your brushes 

Step 1

Run your brush under a tap of warm water 
make sure the brush hairs are pointing downwards. This will stop any water getting into the handle of the brush

Step 2

Wash your brushes using baby shampoo
You don't have to use much just a couple of drops 
Create a foamy lather and make sure you wash through to the middle bristles not just the outside
Make sure you rinse them thoroughly until there is no more lather! 
This 500ml bottle of baby shampoo from Morrisons only cost me 9p!!!
(compared to £10.50 for a bottle of MAC brush cleanser)

Step 3

Blot your brushes on some paper towel
make sure they are not out of shape
and lay them flat on some paper towel, or an old towel to dry for 24 hours 

Although this is a pretty quick job 
its obviously unlikely that you will have time to wash your brushes every day 
but make sure you at least clean:
Foundation Brushes - Once a week 
Bronzer/Powder Brushes - Once a week 
Blusher Brushes - Once a week 
Eyeshadow Brushes - Every 2/3 Days 
Eyeliner Brushes - After every use 

I hope this post has helped
and has encouraged you mucky pups that don't clean your brushes to start doing it! 

Jen <3 x


  1. you just reminded me that mine need a good cleaning! :D xx

    1. Haha good! that was my intention :) get cleaning lady! xx

  2. The thought of what might be in my brushes, encourages me to give them a deep clean once a week and a daily spot clean before I use them!! Xx

    1. It is actually disgusting when you think about it isn't it! xx

  3. I'm obsessed with cleaning my brushes - as you say you spend a fortune on them so spending that to then not clean them seems ridiculous! I have really sensitive skin as well so if I don't keep on top of regularly washing them all I end up with crusty eyelids and rashes, so disgusting!

  4. My brushes are in need of a REALLY good cleaning so thanks for this!

  5. Thanks for the reminder babes xxx

  6. I don't clean my brushes nearly as much as I need to but every time I do I'm reminded why I need to...the amount of crap that comes out of them is disgusting! Great tip on the baby shampoo, I'll have to try it out x

  7. This is such a great idea, I'm definitely going to try this out tomorrow.

    - Keyta x