How to deep clean your makeup brushes

Makeup is fun and brushes make applying it much easier and quicker. But there’s something a lot of makeup lovers forget: if the brush isn’t clean, it won’t perform as well. Today I am sharing how to deep clean your makeup brushes and why you should do it. 

I am a bit embarrassed to admit that my last beauty post was almost a year ago. But I am still a makeup lover and wear it almost daily. That also means I use my makeup brushes quite a lot. When I first started using brushes I had no idea how to clean them or even that you were supposed to do it! 

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Think about it: makeup brushes are used to deposit product on your skin. Some of them are dry and some of them may be wet products, but they all make the brushes dirty. When you don’t clean your brushes, you are applying a clean product with a dirty brush. Not to mention that your brushes will end up damaged and you’ll need to replace them. Imagine never washing your hair, but using products on it daily – see where I’m going? It’s the same thing with your makeup brushes. 

Just as you (hopefully!) wash your face every day, you should be cleaning your makeup brushes as well. If you don’t, you may end up having breakouts, clogged pores and even viral infections! Also, when you use clean makeup brushes, your makeup actually looks much better. A clean brush applies the product much more evenly and will end up in a natural result. 

I understand it may seem hard to do if you have never deep cleaned brushes before, but cleaning makeup brushes is actually pretty easy and won’t take a ton of time. You also won’t need a ton of things: water and soap/brush shampoo are all you really need. For the longest time, I used a mild shampoo to deep clean them, but I invested in a soap specifically for makeup brushes last year.

Another thing I personally like to use is a brush scrubber (the pink round thing in the pictures), which I got for 1€ or so at Primark. It’s great and I have been using it for a few years now. The soap I got is from DaVinci and I am really happy with it as well. It cleans the brushes very good, without drying them out. If you don’t want to invest in a shampoo specifically formulated for makeup brushes, you can always make your own. There are tons of recipes online, but I would be wary when trying them out because most use some kind of oil and that can damage the brushes if you use too much. 

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Damp the brush and work it into the soap (or shampoo). Move the brush bristles in different directions – either on a brush scrubber or the palm of your hand – to make sure the soap reaches all bristles. Then run it under lukewarm water until it runs clear. You may need to use a bit more soap, depending on how dirty the brush was. Once the water runs clear, press the bristles of the brush together to get all of the excess water out.

When you have washed your makeup brushes, you’ll need to reshape them with your fingers and let them dry. I use a rolled-up towel and lay the brushes on it – so the water runs down and not towards the handle (which can damage the brushes). 


Ideally, you should clean the brushes after every use. Let’s be honest, ain’t nobody got time for that! I have a spray specifically for makeup brushes that I use if I need to clean a brush quickly – mostly use it for eyeshadow brushes. It’s quick and easy, but you shouldn’t use it too often because it has a lot of alcohol in it and ends up drying the brushes out.

Depending on how much makeup I wear, I will deep clean my makeup brushes every one to two weeks. If I don’t wear foundation for a few weeks, I will go a bit longer – because I do a quick clean of the eyeshadow brushes, as I mentioned before. 

Deep cleaning your makeup brushes may seem like a boring chore, but I assure you when you do it regularly it pays off! Your skin will look better, you’ll have less clogged pores and if you have acne it may get better too.

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