The Trick To Deep Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

The Trick To Deep Cleaning Your Brushes

It’s no secret that you should be deep cleaning your make up brushes and tools on a regular basis. The build-up of product not only means you’ll probably end up with sub-par makeup application, but the idea of recycling bacteria and oil onto your face every day is kind of gross to think about. Not to mention you can cause yourself some pretty dangerous skin and eye infections, too.

I’ll be honest, I usually skip out on marketed brush cleaners since they’re pretty expensive for how much I seem to actually go through – I”m a bargain girl at heart. I have a tendency to either go an age without touching my makeup brushes or obsessively washing them on a weekly basis.¬† I try a couple of times a week to rinse off my most used brushes with a gentle antibacterial hand cleanser- you can pick them up for pennies and they do a decent job of getting off the worst of the residual make up, though they aren’t great for removing stains. I simply swish my brush through some warm water, massage in a pump of the soap using the handy little tool I mentioned here and rinse away before reshaping and patting with a towel. Simple.

The Trick To Deep Cleaning Your Brushes

Deep Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

When it comes to deep cleaning your makeup brushes I use a bit of a trick I found on Pinterest- I forget the original post because it is literally everywhere now and it took me a good while to try it, but it definitely works. You’ll need equal parts washing up liquid and virgin olive oil and pop them into a shallow dish or onto a plate together. Swish the brush through them; this mixes them and creates a really thick foam to massage through your brushes before rinsing. It does take a bit of effort to rinse- and washing up liquid can be very drying so I can’t stress enough how important a good rinse is at this point – but the effort is worth it.

The Trick To Deep Cleaning Your Brushes

This method literally renews your brushes. It’s particularly good at cleaning up any staining on tools like your beauty blenders, complexion sponges and brushes you use to apply particularly heavy product- my poor Real Techniques Buffing Brush has taken a bit of a battering from heavy foundation use.

How do you deep clean your makeup brushes? Do you have any tricks to keep them good as new?

Brianne xo

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5 thoughts on “The Trick To Deep Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

  1. Ooo that sounds interesting. I always wash my brushes with shampoo. I’ve never actually thought about using Olive oil, might give it a go. x


  2. Wow! Awesome post! I have never heard of using olive oil to clean my brushes, but that sounds like it would make than really soft! I actually just use shampoo and conditioner to wash my brushes. It works just fine, but my brushes aren’t as soft as I want them to be. Great tips!

    1. I used shampoo at one point too! I’ve kind of cycled through everything haha. This combo is nice and simple though and it’s stuff I always have in, so no excuses for skipping their deep clean!


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