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How to|Clean makeup brushes

Me to myself: Do I really need to write this post? Its so simple, mostly everybody knows about it and doesn’t contain those fabulous looking luscious lipsticks or amazing eye palette colors or any new makeup launched which will make my readers go “wooooowwwww”.

My brain to me: huh!! This is your blog!! Write whatever comes to your mind and think might be helpful to others even if very slightly.

Me: Ok fine. Let me share with other girls and see if they would like to read it.

how to clean makeup brushes

Yes, this is a very simple post about cleaning the little babies (read: brushes) that we use to apply our super expensive makeup stash.

Its super important to keep the makeup brushes clean because as we use them, the products keep getting applied and re-applied to them and thereby making them more prone to bacteria/dust etc. I try to clean my brushes one in 10 or 15 days, depending on how regularly I have used them.

I will just share how I clean my makeup brushes. Lets see if this helps you in anyway.

Step1: Take a broad bowl and add some gentle(I am using Forest Essentials shampoo here but you can use any gentle shampoo like Johnson’s baby etc) shampoo in it (about same quantity that you might need to wash your hair). Then add some water to it, mix it well. Dip all your dirty brushes in the bowl for about 5-7 minutes. Do remember- try to dip only the hair in water and not the metal part of the brush to avoid any unnecessary harm to the brush.

how to clean makeup brushes

Step2: Then after 5 minutes ( the water of the bowl will be mostly brown by now), take each brush out. Put it below a steady stream of water so that most of the dirt gets washed out. Then take some shampoo on your palm and gently rub the brush in a circular manner. Once the brush is clean, wash it under a clean stream of water again. Be very gentle during all the steps so that there is no shedding of hair. Once the brush is clean, keep it in a separate dry bowl.

how to clean makeup brushes

Step 3: Repeat the above step for all brushes till they look clean like new once again.

Step4: Then take a newspaper and put all your brushes to dry.

how to clean makeup brushes

Finally, you have clean new brushes again.

how to clean makeup brushes

Its such an awesome feeling to use new brushes once again. It might just be me, but I feel even makeup gets applied much better with fresh brushes.

How often do you clean your brushes. Let me know in the comments below.

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  • sindhu

    As an additional tip… you can use a conditioner also that will make the bristles super soft :)

    • Smita Roy

      Oh…have never tried it. Thanks for the reco gal :)

  • Beauty4Free2U

    I do it exactly the same way- except I lay them on a towel to dry! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Sissi

  • Natasha Bhatt

    I do clean them the same way.. thanks fr sharing :)

  • Floortje van Cooten

    Thank you so much for sharing! I will definitely try this out!


  • Niesha

    I love how the brush feels after they are cleansed! I like to let them dry upside down. :)

    • Smita Roy

      ooh…I never tried drying them upside dwn…gud idea Niesha :)

  • mily@pinkrimage

    such great feeling is when you see freshly washed and cleaned brushes :)

    • Smita Roy

      yes Mily…its just so theurapatic for me ;)

  • Richa Saxena

    This is how I was my brushes too Smita although I need to get a lil more regular with the process….Lovely Post Hun! :)

    • Smita Roy

      thanks sweety…

  • Cosmochics

    Nice! :)

    • Smita Roy

      thanks babe…

  • ronalyn silva

    Interesting tips.thank you.

  • Laarni

    Smita, I wash my brushes every after use. It’s crazy I know but it’s true. lol. Never tried placing them on newspaper before. I lay down the babies on a towel. Great post, btw! Brushes can live several years when properly washed and stored.

    • Smita Roy

      oh…washing after every use…that’s some commitment ;) even placing them on towel is great….I so agree with you on their longevity…

  • fiona furtado

    This is a very useful post Smita. I wash with baby shampoo only.

    • Smita Roy

      Thanks babe…yes baby shampoo is too good…probably when I will finish with this, I will go buy baby shampoo for my babies ;)

  • Krithi Marla

    Nice post Smita
    U have lovely collection of brushes …I mean I only have 2 :( hehe face palm …instead of investing in lippies i must rem to buy brushes now …lolz
    and ya this post is very much helpful ….

    • Smita Roy

      hey Krithi, cant believe u only have 2??? u have such amazing makeup otherwise….m a lot into eye makeup n foundations etc so definitely need brushes..m almost becoming a brush hoarded…recently ordered real technique brushes…

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