DIY: Clean Makeup Brushes

June 13, 2016

This is something that was long overdue. Do you know how much bacteria there are in your makeup brushes? It’s kinda gross when you think about it. What’s the point of washing your face if you’re gonna put dirty makup on a minute later? If you work as a makeup artist this is a prodecure that’s necessary after every single use. Although, as a regular user once a week is recommended. I have to admit I’m really bad at living after that advice…


I’ve tried different ways of cleaning my brushes, using soap and shampoo. This time I wanted to try something new.


How to clean your makeup brushes step by step: 



  1. Put an equal amount of dish washing soap/anti-bacterial soap and vegetable oil on a plate
  2. Swirl the brush around (i swirled it more in the palm of my hand)
  3. Rinse. Try not to get water where the brush is connected to the shaft since that might cause the glue to dissolve.
  4. Lay them flat on a towel to dry. It takes time, I usually leave them overnight. Do not put them in a glass with the “hair” up! Then the water will run down and most certainly dissolve the glue.


My thoughts: I think this was an OK way to clean the brushes. The soap made them really clean and the oil kept them smooth. The only downside is the smell: They don’t smell that good to be honest. I’ve seen other “recipes” where you add vinegar, and perhaps that would make it better. Also, is it just me or is it impossible to keep the water away from the shaft? How am I supposed to get them clean and rinse the brushes and not get water there? Although… It might be easier to clean them if you do it every week and not once a year… *guilty*.


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