How I wash my makeup brushes

How I wash my makeup brushes

When you wash your makeup brushes you are getting rid of old makeup, bacteria, dead skin, dirt and oil that has built up on your brushes


Confession time, I did not understand the benefits of washing your makeup brushes until about….a few months ago! I knew people spoke about it but I always thought that it was not that deep! Until recently, I actually decided to wash one of my brushes which I hadn’t washed for months…I lie for years. Yes, I know it is disgusting but I will keep it real with you.

I used to think that after a while you just throw the old makeup brushes in the bin and buy new ones! Let me just tell you that as soon as I started to wash the brush the water turned brown from the buildup of all my makeup products. Just the thought of all the dead skin, oil, old makeup, bacteria that was on this brush grossed me out. No wonder I was getting random breakouts on my face and my makeup started to look ‘muddy’ after some time.

Now, I wash my brushes every 2-3 weeks. It is not the most exciting thing to do, but it is worth it for your skin and just for the feeling of clean brushes on your skin!

How I wash my brushes

(You don’t need to buy specialist makeup brush cleansers, mild hand soap or baby shampoo will do the trick)


I dampen my brushes with warm water.

I squirt a little bit of liquid soap or baby shampoo into the palm of my hand.

Swirl my damp brush into the soap, making sure that the brush is completely covered. I add a little bit more water if it is necessary.

You start to see the water turning brown from all the makeup on the brush.

I gently squeeze out the water and repeat until the water from the brushes becomes clear. When I squeeze my brushes, I make sure that my brushes are facing down so that the bristles are kept intact and the water does not get stuck in the handle of the brushes.

I dry my brushes with a towel and leave the brushes overnight on their side to dry.

Voila, I wake up to nice and clean brushes!


How often do you clean your makeup brushes?




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