Cleaning Makeup Brushes 101 <3


Hello & welcome ladies !! ❤ ❤


So if you are like me you apply your makeup on an everyday or regular basis but did you know that you should be regularly cleaning your makeup brushes? Cleaning your brushes is essential on a regular basis to first and foremost prevent bacteria, trapped dirt and oil in your brushes and it’s bristles. If you aren’t cleaning your brushes as often as you should, you may have noticed a few breakouts on your face or t-zone or that your pores appear clogged. You may be thinking it’s the makeup your using but I’m more than sure if you are using the same products each time, it’ll definitely be the result of dirty brushes.

No not mine, I'll hopefully be purchasing some this week <3

No not mine, I’ll hopefully be purchasing some this week ❤

Many girls who get interested in makeup like to invest in a good set of makeup brushes and let’s be honest they aren’t cheap. Whether you are using natural bristles or synthetic bristle brushes, with the right care your brushes should last you for YEARS! So ladies, please clean your brushes not only to protect your skin but to also ensure a long life of your brushes that you paid so much for. 🙂 Depending on the amount of brushes you have, cleaning your brushes is quick and easy and depending on how often you use them, I highly recommend cleaning to be done once a week. I’m sure we can spare half an hour on a weekend pampering our brushes, I mean don’t we like to be pampered 😉

MAC Brush Cleaner definetly my most favourite to use

MAC Brush Cleaner definitely my most favourite to use ❤

I like to clean my makeup brushes a few different ways and all really give me the same end result. I either clean them with a brush cleaning spray which you can get from any drugstore worldwide and would cost about $15-$20, you don’t need to spend $100++ seriously some people try to rip us off  :/ The other two ways in which I like to clean my makeup brushes is either with shampoo or dish washing liquid, again you can use any shampoo or dish washing liquid. Some people when washing their brushes with dish liquid also use extra virgin olive oil (or vinegar), I tend to stay away from that as in some cases the oil can build up on your brushes and transfer to your skin in makeup application. Of course this will cause build up, blackheads and breakouts so I choose to keep it safe and simple. Honestly whichever you choose to go with is up to you, there is no wrong or right way if you follow the below steps 🙂

Artise Brush CleanerCleaning brushes with a brush cleaner:

You will need:

  • Brush cleaner (I use the “Artise Vanilla Brush Cleaner” available from Priceline or the MAC brush cleaner)
  • Paper towels


1. Spray the brush with the cleaner and swirl the bristles lightly onto a paper towel

52. Continue to do this until you see the bristles appears clean with no visible colour of product left in it

3. Reshape the bristles with your fingers to correct original shape

4. Repeat step 1 & 2 for all brushes and leave to dry for ½ hour


Cleaning brushes with shampoo:

You will need:

  • A small-medium bowl
  • Shampoo or Baby Shampoo (Choose something that smells nice)
  • A sink
  • A soft cloth

*Always keep the brush end facing down as you are only cleaning the bristles & to avoid damaging your brushes*


1. Begin by running your brushes under lukewarm water, brush end facing down so that you are only rinsing out the entire residue from the bristles. Try to focus on the actual bristles while avoiding the part of the brush where handle meets the head, as this can loosen the glue over time and damage your brushes

2. Fill the bowl with lukewarm water and a squirt or two (depending on the amount of brushes being cleaned) of shampoo, and gently swirl your brush tip in the water

*Swirl the brush of shampoo into your hand to work a lather to reach every bristle*

*Swirl the brush of shampoo into your hand to work a lather to reach every bristle*

3. Then swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to work up a lather of the shampoo and to ensure you have reached every bristle of the brush

4. Rinse the tip of the brush, with the brush end facing down under running water until the water runs clear from the brush

5. Use a soft cloth to wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go

6. Lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry;  generally the brushes will take anywhere up to 24 hours to dry properly


Cleaning brushes with dishwashing liquid:

You will need:

  • A plate/ plastic plate
  • Any dishwashing liquid (ladies choose a nice scented one so that your brushes smell prettyyyyy)
  • A sink
  • Paper towels
  • A cloth


516x387_acBegin by pouring dishwashing liquid onto the plate; you only need a small amount and can always add more later If needed

Take you first brush and start stirring it into the dishwashing liquid in a circular motion, as you do this you will notice the makeup colour dissolving into the dish liquid

Continue to stir in a circular motion and then start wiping the brush back and forth until the colour of the makeup is no longer seen on the brush

Place the brush on the paper towel and repeat steps 2-3 for all your brushes

Once all the brushes have been placed on the paper towel you’ll then need to rinse them off with lukewarm water, brush end facing down

Continue to do this until the water is clear when you squeeze the brush bristles

Drying-BrushesReshape brush bristles and place brush onto the cloth; repeat steps 5 & 6 for all brushes

Generally the brushes will take anywhere up to 24 hours to dry properly

Til next time 🙂

Natasha ❤ xox


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