How I Wash My Make-Up Brushes

I've been feeling a bit uninspired recently so I thought i'd do a post which I haven't really seen many bloggers do and show you how I wash my make-up brushes.
I use Johnson's Baby Shampoo to wash my brushes; I like the light scent and it's really gentle which is good for my brushes as some of them are made of natural hair and some are synthetic. I try to wash my foundation, powder and blush brushes at least once a week (if I remember!) as I use them everyday and it's important that they're clean and free of bacteria. I would like to wash them more often but it's hard to find the time as i'd need to give them long enough to dry so I can use them the next day.
For my other brushes - eyes, lip and concealer I just wash them when they need it. I don't wear eyeshadow during the week as i'm always in a rush for 6th form so I get very little use out of them unless I use them at weekends. I did find that the baby shampoo didn't get my concealer brush very clean as the concealer is quite oily and had built up in the bristles. I opted for some washing up liquid as I know it's really good for removing grease and is good if your hair needs a really deep cleanse and it worked a treat.
I have been thinking about trying a proper brush cleanser such as the ELF one so if anyone would like to recommend me one that would be good :)

28 comments

  1. i've tried the elf one (not the newest spray one though)! it works a lot better than MAC brush cleanser (for me anyway)
    it smells a little weird but that's the only negative i found
    sarahbox04.blogspot.com xx

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  2. I pretty much use this method too. Cheap, and effective :).

    xoxo

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  3. This is a great post, definately going to be trying this out! xx

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  4. Thats a really good idea! :) Ive just been using normal shampoo but was worried it might be too harsh on them. I've used washing up liquid too and that made my brushes look brand new! When I thought my foundation had defo stained it for good. Great post lovely xx

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  5. Washing up liquid sounds like a really good idea! I've never thought of that before, I may have to give it a go as I have the same issue with cleaning my concealer brushes :) thanks xx

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  6. I quite like the MAC one but it is a bit pricey for what you get. I haven't tried the ELF one but i'd like to one day :) x

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  7. I heard somewhere that its pointless using a real cleaner as the baby shampoo is just as good. Apparently the big companies use baby shampoo to clean their brushes in the makeup testing headquarters. They also say that baby wipes are as good as real makeup remover wipes.

    Not sure how much of it is true but it was a reputable source.

    xxxx

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  8. I always just use normal shampoo which tends to usually be Herbal Essences. I do worry one day my brushes might end up falling to pieces though xx

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  9. I use the same shampoo :)
    And it works fine on all my brushes but I try to wash any brush I use twice a week - I'm a bit of a germ freak!! x

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  10. I use the Clinique brush cleaner, and it's not too great. It works, but only after being repeated 3 or 4 times per brush. Meaning washing brushes takes ages. :( xoxo

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  11. this reminds me i need to clean my brushes more

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  12. i should really clean my foundation brush more often...

    where are the three brushes in the last photo from?X

    http://www.stilettos-and-cigarettes.blogspot.com/

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  13. i use the MAC one and even though it's £8 i've had it since about march and i still have about a third of a bottle left. good for spot cleaning them!

    oh and palmolive "milk and honey" handwash gets brushes amazingly clean!

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  14. hey my dear you won a prize on my miss selfridge giveaway! congrats! email me your address and ill send it out this weekend :) x

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  15. Thanks everyone
    @Hannah - in the picture there is the ELF Complexion Brush, the Sigma F80 and a blush brush from Primark x
    @Vicki - thank you so much! I'll email you now :) x

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  16. haha i use baby shampoo as well, works for me!!!

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  17. What a great idea, i use baby shampoo on my hair all the time haha! I hardly ever clean my brushes which is absolutely AWFUL i know, so i feel abit like a hobo now ^_^ xxx

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  18. I normally use the strawberry baby shampoo because I love the way it smells.. but for my foundation brush it seems to get 'clogged' up a bit so I use a tincy bit of the Boots botantic eye remover mixed in and it makes the brush so clean! xx

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  19. Everbody seems to recommend baby shampoo, but I use a plain old bar of soap. Thanks for this!

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  20. Great post hun! I do the exact same. I have used coconut shampoo in the past :) x

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  21. I use baby shampoo to wash my brushes too when I'm out of cleanser! xx

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  22. I normally use baby shampoo too, not that I remember as often as I should! :)

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  23. i've tagged you in an award called the Stylish Blogger Award on my blog. xoxo

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  24. I've been looking for a way to clean my brushes - thank you for this!

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