How I Wash My Makeup Brushes

Hello. I am back again today (what a busy blogger?!?!) and this time I have a slightly exciting post for you. I have finally sorted out a makeup brush cleaning routine that works really well for me, and I am very glad to share it with you. Enjoy…

Dirty makeup brushes

Dirty makeup brushes

1. Take your pot of manky brushes that have seen better days.

Johnsons Baby Shampoo

Johnsons Baby Shampoo

Squirt in the shampoo

Squirt in the shampoo

2. Squirt a bit of Johnsons Baby Shampoo into a bowl (I use an old craft bowl because that way I don’t have to worry about cleaning it)

Dip the brush

Dip the brush

3. Wet and dip your brush into the shampoo

Swirl to your heart's content

Swirl to your heart’s content

4. Swirl the brush on the back of your hand (or in the bowl if you prefer) to work up a foamy lather.

Rinse and squeeze

Rinse and squeeze

5. Rinse, dip, swirl, repeat… Until the brush rinses clean.

Clean and drying :)

Clean and drying 🙂

Clever rolled flannel ;)

Clever rolled flannel 😉

6. Then when I’ve done all my brushes in this way, I lay them out on a flannel to dry. I roll the flannel up slightly at the brush-handle end to let the water run out of the brushes more easily.

I normally do this once a week (or sometimes once every one and a half weeks :/ ) but I tend to do it in the early afternoon so that the brushes have half a day and the whole night to dry before I need them in the morning.

I hope this helped some of you. I would really recommend picking up a bottle of baby shampoo to wash your brushes with, as it is super gentle but really gets all the gunk out. This one is stocked in most Boots, but I’m sure there are many other brands that work just the same way.

Thanks for reading. How do you wash your makeup brushes? Let me know below… And happy June!

xx 🙂 xx

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9 thoughts on “How I Wash My Makeup Brushes

  1. Kavi says:

    Great post! I tend to wash them every two weeks(yeah gross I know!) and I do so in a similar way, but I use olive oil too so it hydrates and conditions the brushes!xxx

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    • cherryblossom15 says:

      Oh, that sounds clever. I know a lot of people do that, but I’m worried about pouring loads of leftover oil down the sink – it can clog drains?! I try to do it once a week, but it doesn’t always happen :/ xx

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  2. polishedmum says:

    This is how I wash my brushes too. I also like to spot clean them every time in use them by rubbing them in a makeup wipe after each use then it does not take as long to wash them every week x

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    • cherryblossom15 says:

      Glad to know my way is used a lot! That’s a good idea – I sometimes get a cotton pad with a bit of make up remover and use that. Especially if I’m changing colours in an eye look. xx

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      • polishedmum says:

        If you need brushes in a hurry rubbing alcohol works wonders too. Just get a little bowl with rubbing alcohol or vodka in it and swirl it round in it, then rub on a face cloth. Will spot clean it and kill germs as it’s antibacterial and will be dry in mins as it evaporates x

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        • cherryblossom15 says:

          Clever! Not sure whether I can be bothered though 🙂 It sounds like a very good idea, thanks for sharing 😉 xx

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  3. christinajavete says:

    I have a blush brush that hasn’t been cleaned in a long time…eww..so thank you for posting this to remind me that I need to clean it! lol. =)

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    • cherryblossom15 says:

      You’re welcome. I know the feeling. My RealTechniques Expert Face Brush is used so heavily – it could really do with a clean!!! xx

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