Tuesday 14 April 2015

How do you clean your make up brushes?

So that time has come again, no not that time.. Time to give my make up brushes a deep clean!
 I've seen so many posts and videos about how different people get rid of all that gunk from their brushes and thought I'd share my fool proof, easy, quick and effective method of getting my brushes back to as good as new.

You don't really need a lot of lotions and potions. 
Its as simple as:
Washing Up Liquid
Coconut Oil
Rubber Glove with Grooves
Your Dirty Make Up Brushes

Firstly I like to mix some washing up liquid and coconut oil together in a bowl. 

(Or as you can see I use my hair dye mixing bowl thing). 
Roughly 2 parts washing up liquid 1 part coconut oil. 
There's never any need to be accurate or precise with this, I think it's pretty easy to gage the correct amount of each. 

Using a make up brush I mix these two together until I get a good consistency. I prefer when the consistency is still slightly runny as this means I have to use less of the mixture and get more for my buck!

The next few steps are pretty simple.
Dip your brush in water for a second or so.
Just swirl your brush in the mixture until all the hair is covered, 
Grab your glove and rub the brush against the grooves.
*You should now see a lot of your product cleaning off your brush*
Rinse under water 
- Repeat if necessary - 

I picked the glove up from Ikea, can't remember the exact price but I remember it being cheap. Love using the glove because it helps speed up the process and also stops me getting wrinkly hands!

No fancy method or equipment used here.
I just slightly remould my brushes back into their original shape and leave to dry on a towel.

Within a few hours they are dry and as good as new and ready to mess up again!

I am to do this at least once every 2 weeks. Spot cleaning of my most used brushes throughout the week and a deep once once every 2 weeks. 
Germ free, soft, clean brushes make me happy.

I know everyone has their own methods of washing make up brushes and would love to learn some new tips! Leave a comment below or direct me to a post you've written?


  1. Never thought of using coconut oil on my brushes - Il have to give it a go. I love using Johnson's baby shampoo to clean mine!

    Kirsty | www.kirsty.ws

    1. I think we should swap, I'm going to give your method a go and you can try mine? Let me know how you get on! xx

  2. I just use an everyday makeup brush cleaner that I bought from Sephora, but when they need a good deep cleanse I go back to basics with baby shampoo!

    Hollie // hollieinwanderlust.co.uk xx

    1. I've heard a lot of people use baby shampoo too so I'm going to give it a go! Thank you for commenting Hollie! xxx

  3. I've never though of using coconut oil!

    1. Coconut oil is like a magic potion with so many uses! Give it a go xx


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