Washing Make-up Brushes

Hey guys,

So I have a friend (she is 23) who told me today that she NEVER washes her brushes like EVER. Naturally, I was horrified and gave her the speech about how you get bacteria in there and then you get all spotty etc…

But she elaborated; she never washes her brushes. Ever. She THROWS THEM OUT, AND BUYS NEW ONES. WHAAAAATTTT!?!?!?!?!

I asked her how on earth she can afford that life, to which she replied “I don’t buy the expensive ones, I get sets on eBay. I would love a good set of brushes but I am so scared that I would wash them wrong and they’d go bald”. So I showed her how to wash her brushes properly today, and now she has bought a lovely set (yay make-up win).

But it got me thinking, how many lovelies actually don’t know how to clean their brushes? So consider this blog an education ladies, I will reveal the secret!!!


  • A bowl
  • Baby shampoo (i use johnsons as you can buy that stuff everywhere)
  • Access to a tap

1) Rinse your brushes in luke-warm water, (i do mine under the tap but if you don’t have a mixer tap use the bowl) massage the bristles gently to get as much make-up out as possible. Don’t go ham on them, remember they’re not unbreakable but don’t be terrified to touch them either (my friend was).

2) Fill the bowl with fresh luke-warm water (this point is key if you have used the bowl for the first rinse) and squirt a little baby shampoo into the bowl. Gently swirl your brushes around in the bottom of the bowl to work the shampoo in. I sometimes take them out and massage them with my fingers and on the palm of my hand to get them bubbly and make sure all the bristles have been in contact with the shampoo water but that’s because i’m pretty anal about making sure they’ve been cleaned evenly and is an optional point.

3) Rinse them under the tap again and repeat the second step, I typically repeat and rinse like 4/5 times until the water is totally clear and the bubbles have no hint of make-up.

4) OPTIONAL STEP: I put a teeny teeny bit of conditioner on my brushes at this point so they stay lovely and soft (I use human hair brushes) if you do this ensure you rinse it off completely.

5) Use a cloth of a towel to wipe dry your brushes, try to mold the bristles back into their intended shape as you do this. NOTE DO NOT TRY TO TOWEL DRY THEM THE WAY WE DO WITH HAIR, THIS IS NOT TO COMPLETELY DRY THEM OUT JUST TO GET THE MAJORITY OF EXCESS AND RESHAPE THEM!!!

6) Lay them out to dry, I usually put mine on a towel on the kitchen draining board it, drives my grandad mad though so if you don’t think the inhabitants of your home will appreciate it and you don’t want to get scolded, perhaps thinking of a better more convenient location may be wise….

NOTE: If you have sensitive skin, perhaps a better idea than using baby shampoo would be to use your own skin cleanser as you know you will not flare up with that. I have not had any problems myself with Johnsons baby shampoo but obviously I know I am not a representative of every woman ever and would never profess to be 😉

Hope you found this helpful!

Lots of love and stuff,

As Always,

Allie xoxo


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