Cleaning your makeup brushes + Important Pinterest Warning!

18 Jul

How often do you clean your makeup brushes?  Daily? Weekly? Never?

I am personally bad about doing it so I am trying to make an effort to clean them more- to protect both my face and my brushes.


Cleaning options:

Professional Brush Cleaner – These are nice as often times you can just spray on the brush, wipe and use them right away.  This works well for daily cleaning, but would suggest doing a deep clean every so often with water.  Here are some daily cleaners.  You can also make your own!  Recipe Here and Here.

Shampoo-  This provides a deeper clean and uses water so you need to wait for the brushes to dry.  This is best done over night.  For this you can either get a shampoo specifically made for brushes like the Well-Cared For Brush Conditioning Shampoo ($14) by Bare Essentials.  Or you can use budget friendly Johnson’s Baby Shampoo ($2.99).  What you do is add about a quarter sized amount to warm water (not hot! you don’t want to melt the glue that holds your brush hairs.) Then swirl your brushes in the water being careful not to submerge the metal parts.


Vinegar and Water – DO NOT SOAK.  There are some pins on Pinterest that tell you to soak for 15-20 minutes.  This is a bad idea as it can ruin your brushes.  The correct way to use white vinegar to clean your brushes is to combine 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts water. Swish the make-up brushes in the bowl until thoroughly saturated then gently rise the brushes under lukewarm water and lay flat on a towel to dry over night.


Vinegar / Dish Soap Mixture– Combine 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon of liquid dish detergent and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in a cup.  Swish the make-up brushes in the bowl until thoroughly saturated then gently rise the brushes under lukewarm water and lay flat on a towel to dry over night.  Again – do not soak.  This recipe is nice because the dish soap masks the vinegar smell.  This combo has many house hold uses such as getting rid of fruit flies and being a weed killer.  The more you know.


Ok, I’m going to go clean my brushes right now because I’m totally a slob and haven’t cleaned them all month.   -kassi


9 Responses to “Cleaning your makeup brushes + Important Pinterest Warning!”

  1. TheVintageCat July 19, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Hey! I also recently cleaned my brushes for the first time in ages! How do the brushes smell after the vinegar? I usually use dish cleaning liquid, since it gets out the oil based stuff and a little bit of baking soda in hot water. I definitely don’t do it enough and this post reminded me that I really need to clean the brushes more often!

    • yourfairygodmother July 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

      Just let them air dry and the smell fades pretty quickly. I just like to add the dish soap just to ensure fresh, clean smells. -kassi

      p.s. I swear baking soda works for everything

  2. brandy@mommysplurge July 22, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    honestly i just use dish soap. and i have my daughter do it. she begs me to. i’m cool with that.

  3. Julie Pana July 23, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    I’ve used a special soap from MAC that removes the product in seconds. I will definitely try this too.

  4. Julie Pana October 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Hi girls,

    Can I ask you for a little favor?

    Would you be kind to delete the website on my previous comment on this post because I just received a warning from Google 😦

    Thanks for your time.

    Best Wishes,



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