Makeup Brush Cleansing Tutorial

For the longest time, I thought makeup brush sprays and soaps were getting the job done.  I washed my brushes weekly and yes, some of the makeup particles removed themselves from my brushes, but little did I know how much was truly left on and in my brushes.  

 It wasn’t until one day when I ran out of brush sprays and soaps that I decided to look for an alternative.  I had previously bought this Dermologica soothing eye makeup remover gel to remove eye makeup, but I did not like it at all.  I never threw it out because I paid decent money for it.  I decided to give this a shot as a brush cleanser for the time being, until I could make it to the store to purchase more brush spray.  I mean, if something removes makeup from your eyes, wouldn’t it remove it from a makeup brush too??

 Well, it did way more than just remove the particles from my brushes…it made them brand new again.  I’m not even kidding.  It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen.  It look me over one hour to initially clean these brushes because there was so much residue left in them from previous attempts at cleaning.  I didn’t even know they were that filthy!  Granted, blush brushes and eyeshadow brushes were not where I noticed the difference…it was the foundation and concealer ones.  This stuff is a MIRACLE.  I figured I should share what I do with yall…and I promise, if you’re not already using something similar, you should give it a try… you will be amazed at how clean your brushes ARE NOT.

Below is a photo of my brushes before washing (especially the foundation brushes…):

After collecting all of my brushes that need cleansing, I gather the two products I use to clean them.  The first is the Dermologica product I just discussed, as well as a Trish McEvoy Brush Bath (more or less just a brush soap):

Step 1:  Fill the sink up with super hot water and a squirt of the brush bath.  They always say NOT to soak brushes, but I do anyways.  It makes all of the residue looser and easier to remove when I start cleaning them.  I normally soak them for about 30 minutes.

Step 2:  After they are done soaking, I leave them in the water and wash one by one.  What I do is squirt a dime size portion o the Dermologica in my palm and begin to rub the brush around in it.  This is where you will initially see how dirty your brushes truly were! 

Step 3:  Basically is continuing to do this over and over until no more residue or makeup is coming off of the brush.  If this is the first time you’ve washed your brushes like this, it could take up to 10 minutes per brush … no joke.  Also, I hope you do a better job at keeping your finger nails painted than I do…pretty disgusting huh?!

Step 4:  Rinse the brushes very well and lay them all flat to dry.  I would suggest at least giving them 10 hours + to dry afterwards because of the time you let them soak.

The difference in the cleanliness of your brushes will be incredibely noticable.  It is hard to depict that via photos, but you may be able to see the result:

Good luck :-)  This may not have been helpful to any of you, but I can tell you, I swear by this method.  I usually wash my brushes every Sunday night (or in this weeks case, Wednesday night). 

Have a great day!


2 thoughts on “Makeup Brush Cleansing Tutorial

  1. I LOVED this post! You have no idea how much of a clean freak I am with my brushes and how helpful this was.

    Thanks for stopping by :)


  2. Caitlin says:

    no this IS helpful, I may come back and look through this next time I clean!! I’m so bad at it… last time I did it I ran them through the dishwasher, I don’t know what I was thinking, they got all disgusting haha, so clearly I’m in need of this lesson…

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