How I Clean My Makeup Brushes


So…it’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it.  Unless you want a broken out face and bacteria-infested (ugh that sounds so gross!) brushes, then you have to wash them.  You know who you are out there 🙂

So, the way that I clean my brushes is really simple.  I actually don’t mind cleaning my brushes because I love how they feel after, and I get a weird satisfaction when I see the beige and pink colors wash off the face brushes…anyone else? Haha


Ok, so there are two ways to clean.  Spot clean, and deep clean.  I only use my spot cleaner on eye brushes.  It contains alcohol, and I just feel like it would make me breakout if I used it on my face brushes.  I use the Cinema Secrets Quick Drying Brush Cleaner.  This comes in a little spray bottle and you just spray some on your brush and then rub it around on a paper towel.  The colors magically come off really fast and you have a fresh brush to use almost immediately.  It’s good for when you are doing a multi-color look and you only have one brush to use.  You can clean it real quick and then move on to the next color.  Great for traveling.

So I try to deep clean my brushes at least once a week.  I said try.  I have a toddler and a baby, so cleaning my makeup brushes isn’t really at the top of my to-do list. lol.  But, the way that I clean them is super simple.  I like to use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, because it is very gentle, it smells good, and works great to get all of the colors out quickly.  The one pictured is the lavender bedtime soap, but any Johnson’s soap will do.  If you’re a mom, there is a good chance you have some!

I take all of my brushes to the sink, and turn on the warm water.  I first wet my makeup brush (just the bristles), by just running it under the water.  I then will squirt some soap in the palm of my hand, and swirl the brush all around in the palm of my hand.  You’ll see all of the color come out, give it a quick rinse, and ring out the excess water.  I lay mine down on a towel to dry after I’ve finished all of them.  That’s it!  It’s super easy, and doesn’t take too long…unless all of your brushes are dirty.  Then it will take forever.  Haha.  

  So fresh and so clean, clean.

How do you clean your brushes?  Share some tips with me!

Thanks for reading! xx

5 thoughts on “How I Clean My Makeup Brushes”

  1. Great post! I spot clean my brushes too, after each use! I always spot clean my eye brushes but I do spot clean my face brushes as well every other day, or if I used a cream blush (so random lol). I use Vichy micellar water on a dried out baby wipe. I don’t know how I got into using that system! Haha! And I use the beautyblender solid soap to deep clean once a week, or every 6-7 days of wearing makeup (if I wore makeup once that week, I’m probably not going to stress myself out if I miss a cleaning). I want to try using Dr Bronners but that solid works so well I’m willing to fork over the dollars 😂

    1. I always clean my brushes right after using creams too! It’s the powder ones I never seem to make time to clean haha. That’s such a great idea to use baby wipes! I have never tried the bb solid – maybe I will give it a try!! It seems like it would be super easy to use. Thanks for reading! 🙂

    1. Thank you 🙂 definitely give it a try! It makes your brushes soft and smells good too! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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