The Best Way To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

If you’re anything like me, over the years my brush collection has grown to a near ridiculous amount so when it comes to washing them it becomes an event.

Whilst it’s tempting to leave your brushes unwashed until they become crusty and unusable, it’s extremely unsanitary as the bristles harbour oil and bacteria which if not properly cleaned can cause break outs as you are applying dirt directly to your face. As well as dirty brushes being a hazard to your skin, the dirt can also break down the glue that keeps the bristles in place and cause your brushes to shed.

Ideally you should wash your brushes once a week which is something you can easily add into your routine and can be done whilst you watch Netflix or wait for fake tan to develop!

The best way to wash your brushes is with baby shampoo!

Baby shampoo can be bought for as little as £1.50 and is the perfect product to get your brushes squeaky clean. My favourite is Johnson’s Baby Shampoo as it’s tried and tested! Here is my extremely simple makeup brush washing routine that doesn’t require expensive balms or bizarre rotating machines!


  1. Run your first makeup brush under warm (not hot!) water and rinse out as much product as you can, ensuring that you do not submerge the handle of the brush in water as this will loosen the glue that keeps the bristles in place
  2. Apply a 5p size amount of baby shampoo to the tip of the brush (do half the amount for eye brushes) and rub the brush in circular motions on the palm of your hand or makeup brush cleaning glove to massage the shampoo deep into the bristles to ensure it reaches all the dirt and oils in the brush
  3. Rinse the brush under the warm running water and repeat until the water runs clear
  4. Reshape the bristles and lay flat to dry

So there you have it, this is the best way I have found to wash my makeup brushes and leave them feeling clean and soft!

I hope I’ve encouraged you all to go and clean your makeup brushes, your skin will thank you! 🙂


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