January 27, 2011

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes


Makeup brushes are an investment and if you take care of them you can use the same ones for years. Part of doing that is cleaning them and there's 2 ways to do that - spot cleaning and deep cleaning. 

To spot clean:
MAC Brush Cleanser
Spot cleaning is a quick way to get color off your brushes (usually eye brushes) during the week when you don't have the time to deep clean them. I fold a paper towel into 4ths and put a little MAC Brush Cleanser on it. That way you can keep unfolding the paper towel to clean another brush and a little of the cleanser goes a very long way. Swirl the brush around on the paper towel to remove any makeup on it. This method is very fast and the MAC Brush Cleanser dries almost immediately.

To deep clean:
Johnson's Baby Shampoo
I deep clean my brushes about once a month and do it at night so they have overnight to dry out. It's very simple, just run lukewarm water over the brush, then use baby shampoo to clean the bristles. Once the water is running clear over the brush you've gotten it clean. Lay your brushes flat to dry on a towel and be sure to wring out any water in the bristles and reshape the brush.

Doing both these things will ensure you can use your brushes for years, which is great since some of them can be pricey. It's also good for your skin. Dirty brushes can accumulate bacteria, and since you're touching your face with them, that can cause breakouts. So keep them clean! :)

38 comments:

BarelyVogue said...

I always clean my brushes with baby shampoo. I keep telling myself I need to do it more often but I fail. I have to keep up that practice.

xx
Sahi
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rakhshanda said...

i also use baby shampoo, very informative and useful post honey.

this free bird said...

Welp, looks like I'll be getting some Johnson's No More Tears the next time I'm at Tarjay. It'll be good for the Chef, too. BAHAHAHA!!

xo,
C

Kyo-Ne said...

thank you for the article!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Honestly, I have always wondered how to clean my brushes! I guess I could have googled it but I'm lazy and have not done that yet.. I put my last brush in the dishwasher and it was ruined (sidenote: Im' an idiot). Baby Shampoooooooooooooo, why didn't I think of that! Thank you, seriously!

Lee Oliveira said...

Great tips for the girls Katie.. some have no clue.
Lee x

Blushingloves Irene Greece said...

Thanks for the tips hun!!I clean them really often for those reasons you mentioned!!
Hugs&kisses!!

Collette Osuna said...

Nice job sweetie....love the How To:)

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daisymay aka Chantele said...

Very useful tips, thanks

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Viv said...

i will need to try this, i never knew how to go about washing my brushes haha, mine are so dirty




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Closet Fashionista said...

I'll have to keep this in mind for if I ever start using makeup...haha...I need to stop being so lazy!
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Anna Jane said...

so helpful to know that baby shampoo is the best cleaner for them! definitely going to do this from here on out.

Courtney Erin said...

I've never tried deep cleaning with baby shampoo before...I usually just use whatever shampoo I have on hand but I should try this because it's probably much less harsh on the brushes themselves. Thanks for all the tips!

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Wrecked Stellar said...

Great tips! I need to clean my brushes more!

Jen HaHA said...

I'm lazy about putting on make up, but I have a Tony & Tina (defunct brand) powder brush that was made by Shu Uemura. It's soft and wonderful and I know it's around here somewhere. What's your favorite brush?

Jen Hemming and Hawing Again

Alleen said...

Thank you for the reminder!! I am going to go wash mine now before I forget. And I can't wait to try the baby shampoo, I've used expensive cleaner that I don't like at all.

Isabel said...

confession: i never wash my brushes :S but i will start washing asap!

Alexandra Amico said...

nice post!

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THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

You're spot on! Great tips...I have to admit I don't do this nearly enough. I'm snowed in today and I think I'm going to head off to clean my brushes thanks to u :) xoxo

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Great tips!

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la petite coquine said...

Such good advice! I'm terrible about remembering to wash my brushes, but I hardly ever use them (I stick to cremes almost all the time)!

Valerie said...

Good to know! I actually have the No More Tears shampoo at home so I'll use that next time.

Josie said...

I usually just use a mild facewash but I really need to start cleaning them more anyway -- I'll try your tips next time for sure!
xo Josie
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Couture Carrie said...

Awesome advice; must clean brushes asap!

xoxox,
CC

sacramento said...

Thank you my beautifu, I shall do that. Aren´t you an angel.
Thank you so much for your kind comment my friend.
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Jenny said...

I'm a firm believer in keeping your brushes clean, so this is great advice! Thanks for putting it out there and letting everyone know how important (and easy) it is!!!

Alicia said...

eeeks, I always forget to clean my brushes! Thanks for the reminder and tips. I should really do it tonight!! :)

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

This is the perfect reminder...I need to clean my brushes ASAP! I'm definitely going to try the baby shampoo..thanks for the tip!
xo

MsGiggleswurth said...

Awesome! Good to know that baby shampoo works, thank you :)

Grace said...

Reminds me I need to get this done!

Love Grace.

Mimi said...

i will be saving this post because i know my brushes need cleaning. haha! :D

<3, Mimi
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Jess said...

So ironic that you posted about this because I was literally just thinking about how I need to wash my brushes, and how I didn't know what to wash them with. Think you read my mind! Thanks!

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Very important to keep brushes clean!

Stacey said...

I've got the MAC brush cleaner-i just need to remember to use it more often:-). I'll be cleaning my brushes tomorrow-thanks for the reminder!

Kavery said...

Brilliant tip to use baby shampoo-it'll do the job abd still treat the brushes gently

Elle Sees said...

i admit i'm so bad at remembering to clean my brushes...thanks for the reminder!

style'n said...

perfect...so need to do this! thanks :)