Cleaning My Make-Up Brushes


Hey Ladies! Now I don't know if its just me but cleaning my make-up brushes is one thing I really need to start doing more? I am so lazy when it comes to cleaning them because I always find it such a mission. It usually means me setting aside a good hour to do them all and to be honest, as I'm using them almost every day I just don't find the time to faff around and leave them to dry for hours? However,  my brushes were getting disgustingly dirty and for hygiene reasons I decided enough was enough and set about giving them a much needed deep clean. I used to use MAC Brush Cleanser for cleaning all of my brushes and the whole process took forever. I didn't realise the brush cleaner was mainly used for spot cleaning so attempting to clean huge powder and face brushes with this method was becoming quite difficult. I was finding myself pouring it onto the brushes just to get them clean and at 8.00 a bottle this just wasn't cost effective in the slightest.
I decided I needed something that would give my brushes a good deep clean so I went and bought some Johnson's Baby Shampoo. When I was thinking of something I could clean them with, I thought, what better product than Johnson's? If its gentle enough for babies, I'm sure it will be fine on my brushes. Plus it is super cheap so my purse would thank me for buying this over another bottle of MAC. Anyway, with the Johnson's in tow I got all of my dirty brushes together ready for the big clean. I didn't actually realise how dirty they were until seeing them all together. The amount of bacteria I must have been putting on my face is gross. Anyway, moving on from that lovely thought.
I wasn't 100% sure how I was going to clean them at first so I started by filling the kitchen sink with warm water and creating bubbles with the Johnsons's. I began cleaning one of my large powder brushes but realised this method wasn't going to work. As all of the make-up began to come off my brush it just make the water a hideous brown colour and therefore I was just going to be washing my brushes in a dirty make-up water mess. I scrapped that plan and decided to clean them by applying the Johnsons's to the actual brush, rubbing it between my fingers to lather it and then running it under a the warm tap. This method worked perfectly and all of the make-up quickly disappeared from the brush. I couldn't believe how quickly it actually got rid of every last bit of old make-up. I continued doing this with a few more of my larger brushes and within five minutes they were squeaky clean.
For my smaller eye brushes I decided I would use the MAC Brush Cleaner as it does work well for small brushes. I use this by pouring a small about onto some kitchen or toilet roll and swirling the brush about until all of the shadow has been removed. I have to say the amount of eyeshadow that comes off a teeny eyeshadow brush is shocking. The toilet paper was a mass of shadowy mess once I'd finished with it. As you can see from the pictures above, my little MAC pencil brush was back to its former white self once I'd finished with it. Once I had cleaned a few, I laid them out onto a small hand towel to dry. They probably took around 2 hours to dry fully but that was fine as I'd already done my makeup and didn't need to use them again until later in the evening. When I did come to use them again, they felt amazing on my skin. I can't believe what a difference a little bit of TLC can make. As well as them feeling and smelling beautiful, I felt good knowing I wasn't using a dirty brush to apply my make-up. Mission completed.

Are you lazy like me when it comes to cleaning your make-up brushes?
What method do you use to clean them?

Lots of Love,


30 comments

  1. I pretty much use the same technique as you although I have a clinique brush cleanser which isn't very good I need the Mac! I have real issues with getting my Sigma Kabukis rid of all product but I think I might just be lazy :) x

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  2. Yes! This was the beauty sin I owned up to in one of my posts a few months ago. Mine are due a good clean. I usually just use the shampoo I'm using on my own hair at the time. I may get some baby shampoo though! Xo

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  3. Washing makeup brushes is such a chore!

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  4. I use this technique also (although I find washing bruses such a chore) I try to do it as much as possible. You should do a brush collection post :)

    fashioncrossing.com

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  5. Hello my lovely girl! Glad to see you are all settled in Oz now :) still so jealous, it's raining so much here. I hate washing all my brushes, they take me forever! I have a cheapie ELF brush shampoo and it's actually really good. Instead of cleaning them I just buy new ones.. how lazy is that?!
    big love babe! Hannah xxx

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  6. The Johnson's baby shampoo looks really good, I normally just use some shampoo I have in my shower, but I find that it takes forever to wash out, so maybe I should switch to that :)

    Hope you are enjoying Australia! xo

    Brittany

    Dressedupdelights.blogspot.com

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  7. Cleaning makeup brushes is such a chore, I use baby shampoo too and really like how it works! xx

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  8. seriously so lazy when it comes to cleaning my brushes too LOL
    XXX

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  9. This takes too much time but has to be done haha I try to do the ones I use most often at least every 2 weeks,Johnson's baby shampoo is what I use and it's does a great job :)

    xxx

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  10. ive just bought the real techniques brushes and have been looking at cleaning ides. deffo going to try the mac. nice post! i agree you should do a brushes post x

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  11. I really need to do this more often. Everytime i use my brushes I tell myself I will clean them and never do. maybe this weekend i will lol. Great post lovely x

    www.misssunshinesparkle.blogspot.com

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  12. and after reading this I'm off to wash my own brushes...they will thank you for this! :)

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  13. I use the same technique as you and also have the MAC cleanser as well! :)

    egtx3.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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  14. This post came at such a good time - i saw the state of my brushes this morning and decided its about time i had a good clean up! Never thought of baby shampoo :) im off to grab a bottle tomorrow :) xx

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  15. I love Johnsons baby shampoo for cleaning my brushes it works and its cheap x

    http://jessica-jjc.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. Thanks for these tips :) I've been in need of finding a good method for cleaning my brushes xx

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  17. I used to never clean them but they got so dirty, so i started cleaning then yesterday and have promised to do so every fortnight :) you can also use boiling hot water and any body wash (i use avon's naturals) and swirl then round then keep doing it about 5 time, rinse in warm water and leave the to dry over a edge! they are so soft and clean xx

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  18. I just use handwash for mine, it might be a bit harsher depending on the brand but I haven't noticed my brushes dying haha :) Plus it's antibacterial so it really gives them a good clean, I just rinse them with the soap and it's so quick xx

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  19. It takes forever doesn't it? Hate doing it lol. I use baby shampoo too, i pour a bit in a mug swirl the brush around and then run under warn water and in-between my fingers.
    xx

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  20. baby shampoo is such a good idea!

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  21. Sigma says that you should wash your brushes after EVERY use which is ridiculous! I give my brushes a soak in warm water and baby shampoo about once a week... x

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  22. You have a beautiful blog with so many inspiring posts! Congrats on your work!
    Would you like to follow each other?

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  23. This is such a great post, I always struggle with cleaning my make up brushes, will definitely be giving this a go.

    Lucy Loves To Blog

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  24. I'm terrible with cleaning my makeup brushes! I try to clean them with shampoo once a week, but never seem to manage sadly...definitely something I need to pick up on!

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  25. this is the one thing i hate about being a makeup artist

    and yeah you should clean your brushes after every use because the build up of makeup and bacteria is disgusting and if you do wash them regularly your makeup goes on better as well

    www.MrAJBx3.com

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  26. Really enjoyed reading this post! I know how many people HATE doing brush cleaning...so much so iv chucked away brushes rather than clean them! But I will definitely be trying the Johnsons shampoo.

    Thanks again:)

    Laura

    x

    http://laura-annjohnson.blogspot.co.uk/

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  27. I need to do this! Thank you for sharing your tips :) xoxo

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  28. I'm really lazy with cleaning brushes but I do the same method as you but with hand wash haha xx

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  29. I use the same method of you, it usually works fine but I find the Real Techniques brush so hard to clean! It never looks completely clean unlike my other brushes :( It is my everyday foundation brush too. I wish I cleaned as easy as the Real Techniques Stippling Brush!

    makeupbeautyfashionandmore.blogspot.co.uk

    xo

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