How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

18.3.15 Unknown 0 Comments

This post has been done countless times and yet it still seems to be one of the most frequently read/asked after things. Cleaning your makeup brushes is an essential part of a good skincare routine, your skin will never be free from blemishes if you apply makeup with bacteria-ridden brushes caked in makeup from 4 months ago. Whilst it isn't the quickest of activities to undertake I personally really enjoy cleaning my makeup brushes; I find it therapeutic and I always feel productive when I have my clean brushes laid out on a towel before me (even if I do sometimes use it as a form of procrastination for other things).

I think one of the reasons that blog posts/YouTube videos about cleaning makeup brushes are so popular is due to the fact that everyone has their own rituals, in spite of them being very similar. I deep clean my makeup brushes every 1/2 weeks. Sunday mornings are my preferred days as I tend not to have any pressing errands/work to do then and I can start the week fresh with clean brushes. It's extremely sad, but using a newly washed makeup brush is one of the little things in life that makes me happy.

Here is my routine:
  1. Prep your area (this sounds so formal!). Lay all the brushes you want to clean and make sure you have a dry towel set to the side.
  2. Rinse the dry brush under lukewarm water, not hot and not cold as it can be damaging to natural hair brushes.
  3. Use a few drops of brush cleanser/mild soap and lather in the palm of your hand, I've been using Dr Bronner's Unscented liquid Castile Soap for the past few months due to my housemate's influence and my brushes have never felt softer.
  4. Rinse the hair through and repeat until there are no more bubbles or the water runs clear.
  5. When you lay your brushes down to dry, make sure they sit with the hair slanting down and the handle up so that no water loosens the glue holding the hair in place in the ferrule (the clamped metal bit holding the hairs to the brush handle).
I hope this has been helpful for any of you wanting to change up your routines. Let me know if you do anything differently.

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