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Apart from the fact that its unhygienic, makeup brushes don’t come cheap, and if you don’t take care of them you’ll have to buy a new one every 2-3 months. Brushes are left out on your dressing table, mixed with different chemicals and are filled with bacteria. I thought I would share with you ladies 5 easy steps to cleaning your makeup brushes perfectly.


  1. dirty brushes
  2. wash cloth
  3. olive oil or vegetable oil
  4. paper towels
  5. shampoo (baby shampoo preferable)
  6. easily accessible sink

Step 1:

Lay out all of your dirty makeup brushes on a washcloth so that none of them are overlapping and you can have a clear visual at what your are working with.

Here I have brushes ranging from eyeshadow brushes to blush and bronzer brushes to my favorite foundation brushes.

Step 2:

Start with one brush at a time. Pour about a teaspoon of the olive/vegetable oil into a paper towel and swirl your the hairs of your first brush in the oil on the paper towel. The oil is going to separate the pigments from the brush hairs.

Keep swirling in a circular motion until all of the pigment has been transferred onto the paper towel.

Blush brush

Continue this step for all of the brushes. Do not use the same paper towel for each brush because this could cause contamination.

Foundation brush

Step 3:

Rinse off all of your brushes in a sink, making sure not to get water past the metal part of the brush because this could cause rusting later.

Step 4:

After all of the brushes have been cleansed with the oil and rinsed, the oil needs to be removed from the brush hairs. Into your hand, put a teaspoon amount of shampoo and swirl the brushes in a circular motion (one at a time) into the shampoo as you did before with the oil. Just like the oils in your hair, the shampoo is going to remove the oils from the brush hairs.

Stipling brush

Repeat this step until all of your brushes are clean.

Step 5:

As before, rinse all of your brushes, removing all traces of shampoo. Set them aside on a washcloth/towel and make sure all of the brush hairs are facing the right way. Allow your brushes to air dry. Do not blow dry because this will cause the hairs to move around and the heat could damage the hairs. (Think about the brush hairs being similar to your hair. Heat can damage)

Now all of your brushes should be nice and clean and ready to use once they are dry. This kind of cleaning should be done every week to 2 weeks. This is not a daily cleaning. No need to go and buy all these expensive products to clean your brushes, its as easy as 1-2-3.