How To: Clean Your Makeup Brushes!


I featured a fun and easy tutorial on ‘How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes’ in my first book – but it’s still a question most girls dont know the answer to, and so I thought Id post it here too!

Cleaning your brushes really is one of the easiest things to do… when you know how 🙂

Sometimes we over look cleaning our brushes, we all know how much a pain and time consuming it is, but it’s simply one of the most important things you can do. Some of you may not know this – but makeup brushes if unwashed can become full of bacteria causing infection, so it’s best practise to clean them once a week!

Regular Cleaning Will Help Remove:

  1. Old Makeup (such as foundation / shadow / concealer etc)
  2. Dead Skin Cells – ewh
  3. Bacteria
  4. General dirt that you dont see

You’re probably thinking you have to splash out on a good brush cleaner? Well no you dont. A simple squirt of baby shampoo and a sponge will do the job nicely! However, I personally love the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner and The CrownBrushUk Brush Cleaner.. and if I am all out, which I am right now – I use good old anti bacterial soap.

My two fave products are:

1. Cinema Secrets: This brush cleaner is amazing and you really only need a tiny bit when cleaning your brushes. You can get it here for €17.


2. CrownBrush Cleaner: This brush cleaner is so good and yet super affordable! It cost €6.24 and you can buy it from here from CrownBrush.ie


Alternately……. If you dont want to pay for brush cleaner, here is a pretty cost effective way to clean those brushes!

All you need is:

1. Some Anti Bacterial Soap (or baby shampoo)

2. A Sponge (you can get one in the pound shop)

How To:

1. Take a clean sponge and wet it in lukewarm-hot water (don’t burn your hands).

2. Wet your brush making sure you wet the brush completely, but dont wet above the handle or you could cause your brush hairs to become loose where it glued to the handle.

3. Squeeze a small amount of baby shampoo or anti-bacterial soap onto the sponge and swirl your brush on the sponge in circular motions working up a good lather.

4. Next rinse your brush with lukewarm water –  make sure you rinse all the shampoo or soap out of the brush hairs.

5. Squeeze out the excess water from your brush hairs and lay them flat on a clean towel or tissue to dry.

And it’s that simple!

Happy brush cleaning!

Sue xx



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