How I Wash My Makeup Brushes

Hello beauties!

Cleaning your makeup brushes is a thing that sometimes gets overlooked. When I was first getting into makeup, I had no idea where to start when it came to cleaning them. So I hope some of you find this helpful.

Why should you wash your makeup brushes? Aside from the obvious makeup build up. Your brushes pick up oil and bacteria from your face as well as dead skin cells. If you keep using the same dirty brush, you’re likely to get eye infections and breakouts. Working with a clean brush will also help you apply your makeup better.

How often should you wash your makeup brushes? This depends on how often you’re using them. But as a general rule, spot clean them once or twice a week and deep clean them once a month. (Need a good spot cleaner? Try one of these: Pro Hygiene Makeup Brush Cleaner, Mary Kay Brush Cleaner)

What do you use to wash your brushes? There are a variety brush cleaners on the market. Some people just use hand soap, shampoo, or dish soap. I like to use a mixture of baby shampoo and coconut oil or a mixture of dish soap and coconut oil. The coconut oil helps to condition your brushes as well as break down the makeup.



To make brush cleaner mix 4 parts baby shampoo OR dish detergent to 1 part coconut oil. Store in a squeeze bottle so it’s easier to use.

Now that we know why and what let’s learn how. Here are a couple of things to remember before we start:

  • DON’T use super hot water. This could melt the glue in the ferrule that’s holding the bristles together.
  • DON’T dry your brush with the bristles in the air. Again water and such will leak down the ferrule and loosen the bristles.
  • DO make sure to rinse your brushes thoroughly. You don’t want to be rubbing leftover shampoo or dish detergent into your face.


Begin by dampening your brush with warm water. Next place a small amount of brush cleaner into the palm of your hand. Work the cleaner into the brush using circular motions. Follow up by rinsing the brush thoroughly. You may need to repeat these steps if the brush is very dirty.


Gently squeeze the bristles to remove excess water. Then towel dry the brush using circular motions. Place it down flat to finish drying on a clean towel. I leave mine overnight to make sure they’re completely dry.


As a final step, take a paper towel spritzed with some rubbing alcohol and wipe down the handles of the brushes.

Aaaaaaand you’re done! Your brushes are an investment. Take good care of them and they’ll last for many, many years. I hope you all have a very happy Monday!

Stay beautiful!