Say goodbye to messy makeup brushes

Do you ever go to use your makeup brush on a morning and realise that it’s so hard it hurts? Well that was me yesterday as I tried to apply my foundation and almost bruised my cheeks.

A few years ago I would’ve simply tossed said brush in the bin and bought a new one.

What a terrible waste that is.

So while my husband collects the Sunday paper and fills up his car, I’ve taken a few minutes this morning to give my makeup brushes a little TLC.

I don’t use any fancy cleansing solutions to clean my brushes. Just shampoo, anti-bacterial hand soap and water does the trick.

I’m terrible for never finishing a bottle of shampoo before starting another one, so I’ve always got one or two with a bit left over – perfect for makeup brushes.

How do I clean the brushes?

  1. Rinse with warm water and let it soak in shallow water. Be careful not to get the handle or higher of the brush wet as this can damage it.
  2. Massage the brush hairs with a few pumps of shampoo. You’ll see the cakey makeup start to come out. You might even feel a little bit sad you let it get this way.
  3. Rinse with warm water and feel satisfied watching the offending makeup wash away.
  4. You may need to repeat step 2 and 3 if it’s pretty bad and it’s been a while since the last clean. No judgement here.
  5. Massage in a few pumps of anti-bacterial soap.
  6. Rinse with warm water.
  7. Allow your brush to dry over the edge of somewhere like a shelf.
  8. Rotate the brush periodically.
  9. Enjoy nice-smelling, soft and almost like-new makeup brushes without breaking the bank.

I hope, like me, you’ll give your brushes the TLC they deserve and of course this is much better for your skin and bank balance.

While I was at it I thought I might as well give the same treatment to my hairbrushes as they’re often neglected too. Same method as above but also involved the not-so-nice job of extracting pulled-out hairs. Lovely!

It’s worth it for clean brushes though!

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20 thoughts on “Say goodbye to messy makeup brushes

  1. Jess Louise says:

    I’m so bad when it comes to washing my brushes! I also throw them away and then feel guilty! I think this has inspired me to have a mass brush clean tomorrow morning! X

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  2. actualconversationswithmyhusband says:

    Oof, I thought I was bad! Although, I use a quick-cleaning spray in between washings—ELF makes a decent one, but there are loads of options—they clean with a spritz and a rub, well enough to get on with using, dry almost immediately, and sanitize the brush too (so you don’t get pinkeye, ick).

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