How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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Makeup Brushes

You are washing your face thoroughly, you religiously remove your makeup every evening, you moisturise your face accordingly, you eat a healthy diet. What are you doing wrong and why is your face acting up? Ever thought that it could possibly drawdown to your makeup brushes? I bet you missed this one out! Women apply makeup on a daily basis, and the majority of us use brushes either for hygiene purposes, contouring or simply to help achieve a flawless finish. Although many today still prefer to use their hands, we have to consider the bacteria which remains, especially given today’s current situation where hygiene is a top priority.

Cleansing of your makeup brushes is a crucial step which should be seen to at least once a week. Keep in mind what we don’t see does not necessarily mean that it is not visible,  brushes which are left out of negligence start to contain a build-up of bacteria, dirt and oils from our face which will be re-applied to our skin surface upon every use. This, in turn, starts to clog the pores further and cause those unwanted breakouts which we stress so hard to avoid.


  • 1 and a half tablespoon dishwasher soap
  • 1 tablespoon surgical spirit or distilled white vinegar
  • A textured brush mat or hair comb
  • A Jar (I used a recyclable pickle jar)

STEP 1: Fill one-third of the jar with hot water.

STEP 2: Start putting the brushes in the jar carefully without damaging the bristles.

STEP 3: Leave the brushes in the jar for 30 – 40 minutes, make sure the brushes are up straight and not squashed!

In the meantime I suggest you do some exercises – do not open the fridge! 😉

STEP 4: Massage or comb thoroughly as I show you two methods below with a hair comb or brush mat.

STEP 5: Rinse and squeeze the water thoroughly and place the brushes on a towel to dry in a ventilated area. The brushes need approximately 24hours to dry properly.

We encourage you to start following these steps, to frequently clean your makeup brushes in 5 easy steps.

Let us know if it has helped your skin at all. Alternatively, what are your DIY makeup cleansers that you do at home?