Dirty Makeup Brushes? Ew.


Hello, friends!

November is almost over, which means I get to wear makeup again soon! Don’t get me wrong, going au natural definitely has its perks. However, I really do miss getting all dolled up .

In order to apply powdered makeup (and even some creams and liquids), what do we need?

Makeup brushes!

Maybe you already knew this, maybe you didn’t, but in order to increase the life and function of our makeup brushes, they must be cleaned regularly. It’s recommended that they be cleaned daily, but who has time for that?

If I can remember, I clean my brushes once a week, or once every two. In addition to extending their life, cleaning your makeup brushes has many other benefits:

1. It makes them feel so, so soft! Cleaning them rids them of old makeup, which can make the brush feel hard and stiff.

2. Cleaning your brushes not only rids them of old makeup, it also gets rid of some nasty stuff, like oil and bacteria.

3. If your brush is covered in bacteria, it’s probably spreading that gunk to your pores and increasing your chances of getting acne.

4. Cleaning your eyeliner brushes also prevents infection!

Okay. Now we know why. But we still need to know HOW!

There are a few ways to do this. Let’s start from the very beginning!

Method 1: How to clean your brushes with a Makeup Brush Cleaner.

My mom, a Mary Kay Rep, recently purchased this gem for me. I’m using it for the first time for this tutorial, actually.


I’ll type out the directions as they read on the bottle:
Spray brush cleaner directly onto brush hairs until thoroughly dampened. Gently sweep brush over a tissue to remove excess moisture and to wipe away makeup residue and color. Reshape brush hairs with a clean tissue, lay flat, and allow brush to air-dry completely before reuse. 

It’s definitely easy to use. The only thing that makes me uneasy is that I didn’t get to rinse my brushes at all. That’s just something I’m used to. I sprayed this cleaner on the bristles until they were damp, and when I wiped them on a tissue, I didn’t see very much makeup residue coming off.


Still, the brushes looked cleaner and felt softer once I was done with them.

You don’t have to buy this cleaner from Mary Kay if you don’t want to, but if you’re interested, here’s a link. If you want to look elsewhere, tons of makeup brands sell cleaners that you can try.

Method 2: How to clean your makeup brushes with soap and water

This is the method I’ve used the most often. I’ve had good results, and recommend it if you don’t feel like being too risky.

This method is very simple, and only requires some gentle hand soap.

Step 1, get the water in your faucet running at room temperature.

Step 2, Put a drop of hand soap in the palm of one hand, and hold the brush in the other.

Step 3, Get the bristles wet, and then swirl them against the soap in the palm of your hand. There should be lather, but if not, it’s okay. Just make sure all of the bristles get wet and coated with soap.

Step 4, Rinse the brush out thoroughly. You don’t want any leftover makeup or soap in there. You know it’s clean whenever you can gently squeeze the brush and the water that drips out of it runs clear.

Make sure that you hold the bristles DOWN the whole time, like this:


If you hold the brush upside down, water could eventually loosen the glue that holds the bristles.

Step 5, Reshape the bristles of the brush with your fingers and lay it flat on a paper towel to dry.

Method 3: How to clean your brushes with hand soap, vegetable oil, and water

I’ve only tried this technique a few times, and I have liked the results. The only benefit to this technique is that the oil leaves your bristles feeling more conditioned and softer. However, if you use too much oil, they become kind of gross. You have to get the ratio right.

You can use vegetable oil, or canola oil. One day I want to try coconut oil and see if I like that better. I also suggest a gentle hand soap for this method.

Step 1, Prepare. Get a plate/dish and pour a little bit of oil onto one side and soap on the other. Careful, the oil will probably come out of the bottle quickly. It also likes to spread and surround the soap, as pictured. This isn’t actually problem, but I feel bad for the soap. It’s like it’s being bullied.

This looks kind of like a sideways pumpkin! The soap is the stem and the oil is the orange part!

This looks like a sideways pumpkin! The soap is the stem and the oil is the orange part!

Step 2, Just dip your brush right on in there!

Oh, look. You can see my feet.

Oh, look. You can see my feet.

Swirl it around in the soap and in the oil, making sure it gets both. It should look  kind of foamy, like this:


Step 3If you don’t find it too creepy, try and massage the oil/soap mixture into the rest of the bristles.

Step 4, Thoroughly rinse out the oil and soap with room temperature water. Remember to keep the bristles facing down the whole time, like I mentioned before.


If you find that your bristles are uncomfortably oily by the time you finish the third method, then I suggest just rewashing the brush with hand soap using Method 2. If you ever try Method 3 again, just use more soap and less oil.

I hope you find this tutorial beneficial!

I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. If you’re participating in No Makeup November, then finish strong, sisters! We can do this!

With Love ❤

Hebrews 11:1