Cleaning My Makeup Brushes: Household Edition

If we’re being honest… it’s been an embarrassing amount of time since I’ve last cleaned my makeup brushes. As I was doing my makeup the other day, I realized these brushes needed a deep cleaning ASAP and I figured why not wash them with you guys?! As mentioned in the video, I highly recommend washing your brushes once a week (depending on how often you apply makeup) so you don’t clog any pores and increase your chances of breakouts!

I know there are tons of ways to wash your makeup brushes because I for one have tried several different options as well. I found the most effective way (both in terms of cleanliness and cost) is to simply use two ingredients: dish soap and extra virgin olive oil. I’ve tested out the more expensive cleansers you can buy from Sephora or any other beauty store and I personally found my DIY kitchen style way to work much better! Watch the quick video down below. 💙

Here are the steps broken down for you:

  • mix 1 tsp of dish soap into a cap full of extra virgin olive oil in any container (it doesn’t have to be exact– you just want to have more dish soap than olive oil)
  • swirl it around to really mix things up
  • dampen your brushes with water
  • apply the mixture to the tips of your brushes
  • scrub the bristles of your brush on the back of your hand (you’ll see a lot of makeup product come off right away)
  • run your brush under water and wash your hands
  • make sure you hold your brushes downward so that the water doesn’t seep through and break the bind/bristles!!)
  • continue to scrub the brush on your hand until you’ve noticed all the product disappeared!
  • press downwards on the brush to squeeze out any excess water
  • place your brushes down flat (don’t place them upright again so that the water does not seep down the brush)

Easy peasy you guys and it works like magic! I hope you checked out my YouTube channel for in-action details but for quick and easy steps, you an always refer to this post! 💗 Don’t forget to subscribe/comment/like and show some love!! Chat soon, cuties! <3

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11 Comments

  1. August 2, 2017 / 2:29 PM

    I am always so awful at cleaning my brushes! Thanks for the great tips!

  2. August 2, 2017 / 2:36 PM

    This is a great post Nita! I clean my own with Bobbi Brown Brush Cleanser and love it!
    ~Jessica

  3. August 2, 2017 / 5:20 PM

    I was literally JUST thinking about how I need to give all my makeup brushes a good scrub down. Thx for sharing!! XO

  4. August 3, 2017 / 9:35 AM

    This is a great way to save money on brush cleaner! Thanks for the tip!

  5. Sandy a la Mode
    August 3, 2017 / 10:39 AM

    I desperately need to clean all of my brushes! Love this, awesome tips!

  6. August 3, 2017 / 9:36 PM

    Great tips! I will have to try it out!

  7. Ashley
    August 3, 2017 / 10:44 PM

    These are great tips!! I need to get better at cleaning my brushes!

  8. maggie@blushandblooms.com
    August 4, 2017 / 8:46 AM

    I am ashamed to say i don’t do this as often as I should… thanks for the tips!

  9. August 4, 2017 / 9:29 PM

    I’m so bad about cleaning my brushes! I actually have it on my to do list now!

  10. August 9, 2017 / 10:18 PM

    My way of cleaning brushes is to buy a new one! But I really should follow your guide. Great article 🙂

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