27 September 2012

Cleaning Makeup Brushes

A picture of products for cleaning makeup brushes

When I first began my blog one of the first posts I made was on cleaning your make up brushes and why it is an important step both for making makeup application easy and flawless as well as preventing spots and blemishes from taking residence on your skin! Well as that was five months ago and I not only have a lot more brushes but also a different routine for washing them, I thought I would do an updated post. And here it is! So, why exactly is it important to clean your makeup brushes?



Every time we use our makeup brushes they build up product. They collect germs and bacteria which then transfer onto your makeup products and your face when you next use them. These germs and bacteria contribute to spots and blemishes, something none of us want! The more often you clean your makeup brushes, the cleaner they are, and the less likely you are to transfer these nasties onto your products and face. 

A picture of how to clean makeup brushes
I use three different products to clean my makeup brushes. The E.l.f. brush shampoo, a Carex sensitive hand wash and a No7 luxurious foaming shower oil. The E.l.f. brush shampoo is super reasonable at £3.75 for 120ml. My bottle has lasted me absolutely ages so far, so it's not only super cheap, but well worth the money too. I use this on my brushes which haven't had much use in between the previous wash, and particularly on brushes which have been used on powder products. The Carex sensitive hand wash is what I turn to if any of the powder product on my brushes is being a bit stubborn, such as highly pigmented blushes and is also super cheap at roughly £1 a bottle! The No7 luxurious foaming shower oil is the best thing I have so far found for brushes which are used in cream or liquid products, such as foundation or cream eyeliners and my eyebrow kits. This is a little pricer at £9.95 per 200ml bottle but I get all my No7 products when I have the £5 off vouchers, so that way it works out quite cheap. I do use this as a shower wash when having a pampering shower, but the oil in the product is just amazing at getting cream and liquid product off of my brushes! 

Other kinds of brush cleaning

I also condition my larger brushes every few weeks. I just use a conditioning treatment for my hair, coat the larger brushes in them and leave for 10-15 minutes, then rinse. It just keeps the bristles soft as some brushes can get rough when you've had them for a while and use them a lot. Something else I do is 'spot cleaning'. This is just when you clean your brushes in between uses. To do this I use the E.l.f. Brush Cleaner. I simply spray it on to my brushes after using them and use a tissue to work it in and get the product off. Not all the product comes off this way but a lot does and it also helps to disinfect your brushes between uses! 

A picture of makeup brushes
Once I have cleaned all of my make up brushes I lay them out on a towel to dry. A great tip is to roll one end of the towel and place the brushes so that the handles lay on the higher section of the towel. This ensures any water stays at the bottom (brush) end of the brushes and doesn't collect in the handles, which can damage your brushes. They differ in how long they take to dry. Smaller brushes such as eye brushes can take only a couple of hours, whereas larger brushes will take overnight to dry. I make sure I wash my brushes at least once a week. If I am using makeup and makeup brushes everyday, I want them to be as clean as possible! 

How often do you clean your makeup brushes?
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37 comments

  1. I like to read how others clean their brushes. I just did mine yesterday and decided I should do a blog post about my routine.

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  2. Wow, you have an amazing brush collection! (jealous) Great tips, I've seen the E.L.F. brush cleaner over here in the U.S. very cheaply so I might have to pick that up. Hadn't thought of the towel trick either, so thanks for that!

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  3. I clean them once a week, just done them today x x

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  4. So useful! I need to condition my brushes too. I spot clean most of the time in between uses.

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  5. I try to clean mine at least once a week... at most! I use baby shampoo to clean mine, it works a treat x

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  6. I use my normal shampoo! I also try to do them at least once a week, especially foundation... xo

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  7. I spot clean mine with 99% alcohol which you can get on ebay 1l for £5 its same as brush cleaner and completely evaporates also great to press any pigments or smashed eyeshadows etc and I deep clean with my daughters loreal kids shampoo. I quite enjoy washing them but I HATE waiting for them to dry x

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  8. I used this same method & I think it works great! I need to try the elf shampoo!

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  9. I really like your brush holder :) x

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  10. I clean my brushes with Mac Brush Cleansear and Johnson's baby shampoo every week. And my foundation, concealer and stippling brush almost everyday between applications with the Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner.
    One thing I can recommend is to let your brushes dry with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter so the bristles dry in perfect shape as the brushes can become mildewed if they rest on a towel while drying. ;) xx

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  11. This post reminded me that I need to clean my make up brushes tomorrow. Do you have any other make up brush shampoos that you recommend? They don't sell the e.l.f one where I live :/ xx

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  12. I love reading these posts on how people clean their makeup brushes!
    I personally clean mine once a week using Johnson's baby shampoo and I let them dry on a towel :) xo

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  13. These posts are always great, everyone needs to make sure they are cleaning their brushes thoroughly, regularly.

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  14. i cant believe ive only just followed your blog. im always so late to jump on the bandwagon. you have soooo many brushes lady!! hehe xx

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  15. That's such a great post, again! Must admit I'm a bit lazy when it comes to washing my brushes but I try to wash them every week, every second week at least. I'm using an antibacterial hand soap for this and I dread thinking back to when I didn't think about cleaning them regularly! Imagine all the nasty stuff spreading everywhere :( xx

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  16. @DuvessaYou should! I love reading these kind of posts myself! xo

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  17. @Martha WoodsThank you! It's almost complete :) I just want a perfect contouring brush now! You should definitely pick up the E.l.f. Brush Cleaner! Glad you liked the tip! xo

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  18. @Hema PatelI love cleaning mine :) You should do a post on yours Hema! xo

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  19. @Rainy Days and LattesI'm glad you found it useful :) Let me know how you get on with conditioning them xo

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  20. @All Things Pretty I'm not quite sure I'd want to mess about with pure alcohol, but thanks for the tip! :) xo

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  21. @VickyThank you :) I got it for £3.99 from TKMaxx and it easily holds all of my brushes! xo

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  22. @ChelseaThese are the only ones I have personally used :) xo

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  23. @AmiieeliciousMe too! Not enough people do clean them though which is shocking! xo

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  24. @Raffles BizarreDefinitely! Not everyone does which is a bit... dirty! To say the least xo

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  25. @Fisi ♥ Definitely, they get very full of nasty germs and bacteria when they aren't washed properly! xo

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  26. I use just anti bactercial hand soap =( my brushes are cheap i dont think to conditioner them but i do notice that they are much firmer now than months ago i should try to condition them and spot cleaning thanks =) great post i wish i had ur brushes!! lol

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  27. I am so going to deep condition my larger brushes, would never have thought to have done that! And the rolling of the towel! So simple and effective! Such a helpful post! Thanks x

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  28. I'm really bad for cleaning my brushes. I have managed once a week for about a month, but at the moment I just never have the time (I'm usually at the boyfriends until late and then when I get home I go straight to bed)

    When I do them I usually use hand soap to get the bulk of the makeup out and then my herbal essences shampoo to make sure it is all gone (plus it smells good too!)

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  29. @QueenxPeachesYou should invest in some Real Techniques! They are amazing! And I know they are cheaper in America :) xo

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  30. @RohiniGlad this post helped you with some tips :) xo

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  31. @kateEven when I'm really tired I force myself to cos otherwise they just get hard to use! xo

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  32. What would you say are the best brand for brushes? I have a few older ones but one to buy some good quality new ones soon.

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  33. What would you say are the best brand for brushes? I have a few older ones but one to buy some good quality new ones soon.

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