Yes, you need to clean your makeup brushes!

It is really important to wash makeup brushes regularly. When the brushes are used, bacteria can get into the bristles and left over make up and it can cause pores to become clogged and breakouts can happen. Plus, personally, the more I think about it, the more icky bacteria living on my brushes seems and its amazing how much make up can be left behind in brushes and I like them to be clean.

Today, I would like to share with you what I have really enjoyed using on my brushes and what works for me

What do you need?

  • Daily makeup brush cleaner – I currently have Jane Iredale Botanical Brush Cleaner
  • Baby shampoo – I have Johnson’s Head-To-Toe Baby Wash
  • Cloth or paper towel
  • Sink / source of running water


Baby shampoo is supposedly gentler than other soap options (such as adult shampoo) and it is less likely to cause irritation. Plus, it is a far cheaper option than any makeup specific solution that will be sold.

To wash your make up brushes:

  • Get the brush part wet under the tap with lukewarm water
  • Put a little of the shampoo in your palm and massage it into the brush
  • Rinse it under the running water until all of the soap and left over make up rinses out.
  • Squeeze out excess water, use a paper towel or cloth to dry it further
  • Leave the brushes out over night on its side to dry

Once a week, you should clean the brushes with the baby shampoo. It’s amazing how much left over makeup rinses out while you’re doing this and is missed by the lighter daily cleans, so it’s definitely worth it. The brushes will be super soft afterwards.

You should also clean your brushes after every use with a daily brush cleaner. You can handle this is in 1 or 2 ways

  1. Spray the brush cleaner directly onto the bristles of the brush
  2. Wipe it off with a piece of paper towel or a cloth


  1. Spray the brush cleaner onto a paper towel or cloth
  2. Wipe the brushes off




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