How To REALLY Clean Your Makeup Brushes

how to clean your makeup brushes

How To REALLY Clean Your Makeup Brushes – This is a post that I’ve been meaning to write up for a while, for those of you who know me will know that I’m a little bit of a clean-freak! I like to keep everything tidy, organised and of course – clean!

It baffles me when I hear people say that they don’t wash their makeup brushes for weeks, for me it’s just as important as your cleansing your face and ideally we should be cleaning our make-up brushes daily too!

If we can’t manage to clean our brushes daily then PLEASE try and aim to clean your make-up brushes at least twice a week – it really is an important part of your ‘beauty regime’ and shouldn’t be overlooked.

The Benefits of Cleaning Your Make-Up Brushes

Reduces Breakouts

Stops Bacteria From Spreading

Skin Becomes Less Oily

Sadly a lot of skin problems and breakouts tend to start when we don’t look after our make-up brushes correctly and by simply washing them more often can reduce breakouts and problems!

Think about it – when you don’t wash your makeup brushes, what happens?

All of the oil from your skin and make-up starts to collect onto the bristles of your make-up brushes and over time becomes bacteria. This is then transferred onto your face and makeup products.

Bacteria clogs your pores and starts to cause breakouts meaning you’ll need more make-up to conceal however what you’re actually doing is applying more bacteria to your skin.

It really is a horrible circle that can easily be avoided! 🙂

How To REALLY Clean Your Make-up Brushes

OK, so below I’ve also filmed a little video for you on how to REALLY clean your makeup brushes and one of the things you might notice is that I ‘pre-cleanse’ my make-up brushes before actually washing them hahaha!

The reason I pre-clean my make-up brushes is because all the oil, makeup and dirt starts to breakdown meaning that when you actually clean your brushes its a lot quicker than normal.

I normally use fairy washing liquid or a deep-cleansing shampoo for the pre-clean and then use a bit more when washing them in the sink, followed by a soak in warm water & conditioner and then another rinse to ensure everything has been removed!!

I told you I’m a clean-freak! 😉

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Here is the little video I mentioned above! Enjoy 🙂


I really hope you all enjoyed this post and video – please subscribe to my channel as I have lots more on the way including Vlogs! 🙂

Let me know what you all think – how many times a week do YOU clean your makeup brushes?




    • sprinkles
      August 17, 2015 / 4:59 pm

      Glad you like! 🙂 xxx

  1. August 13, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    Great tips! I’m really naughty when it comes to regularly cleaning my make-up brushes – bad blogger! 🙂
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

    • sprinkles
      August 16, 2015 / 12:52 pm

      Hahahahaha – thank you! 🙂 xxx

  2. August 13, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    Cleaning brushes can be such a pain but must be done. I rotate cleansers but am a fan of the BB solid, Sephora solid (which comes with a nifty silicone pad), Dr. Bronners, Baby Shampoo and the MAC brush cleanser. The thing that made all the difference was my Benjabelle Brush Tree though – makes the drying process so much easier!

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl’s Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:58 am

      I enjoy it as I like cleaning haha but it’s good to use different cleansers too yes! I stick to fairy liquid and change the scent and type with every use! I haven’t tried the products you mention but will definitely look into them as they sound lovely! 🙂 xxx

  3. August 13, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! I actually learned the hard way how important it is to clean your makeup brushes regularly. I skin break out so bad and I was going to attend an event.


    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:56 am

      Awww – that’s not good but at least you know now!! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      August 15, 2015 / 2:37 pm

      Aww thank you – glad you like it 🙂 xxx

  4. Prudence Yeo
    August 13, 2015 / 11:03 am

    I don’t use make-up brushes a lot but it’s good to know how to wash them properly! Thanks for sharing!


    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:54 am

      Thank you – glad you like it 🙂 xx

  5. August 13, 2015 / 8:55 am

    That’s really useful, Layla! I’m a kind of clean-freak too, haha. Thank you for sharing your tips! I’m using shampoo and conditioner to clean my brushes as well. 🙂

    xoxo Ira

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:53 am

      Yaaaay thank you! 🙂 xx

  6. August 13, 2015 / 5:01 am

    Omg I need to know a tip how to clean my dirty brushes in a different way than I normal do. I usually buy a cleaning soap form Sephora! Thanks for the post:). It helps! I hope your week has been wonderful for you:). Love, kiss!


    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:49 am

      Thank you so much – hope it helps you! 🙂 xxxx

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:39 am

      Hahaha xxx

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:39 am

      That’s ok too – once a week is good! I’ve seen people don’t clean them for a month and I want to go and cry in a corner hahahahahaha!!!! 🙂 xxxx

  7. August 12, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    I don’t usually wear makeup so I don’t have brushes or anything like that. I would’ve assumed that people would clean their brushes often though.


    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:35 am

      Nope….sadly they don’t 🙁 xxxx

  8. August 12, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    Oh yes you are so right it is very important to clean the makeup brushes on a regular basis. I like to clean mine with the Dr. Bronner soap. Nothing else works like this soap, it’s like magic 😀
    xoxo Carina

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:33 am

      Thank you so much – ah, I haven’t tried it!! Will have a look at getting it 🙂 xxx

  9. August 12, 2015 / 4:03 pm

    I only wash them once a week! But I think this is ok because I only use them about 3x a week usually. I’m actually going to wash them tonight so this video is super handy! x

    Josie’s Journal

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:31 am

      Once a week is SO much better than once a month – it’s still good!!! 🙂 xxxx

  10. August 12, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    I’m a clean-freak too and unlike a lot of people, actually really enjoying cleaning my brushes! It’s super important too, like you mention! 🙂


    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:27 am

      YAAAAAAY – I’m quite happy it’s not only me that enjoys this hahaha! 🙂 xxx

  11. August 12, 2015 / 11:51 am

    Gorgeous brushes! I really don’t clean my brushes enough. Should do it more often, but atleast now I have a good cleaning routine with your tips!

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:26 am

      Yes – clean, clean, clean! 😀 xxxx

  12. August 12, 2015 / 10:18 am

    It’s so true that many people rarely clean make up brushes and that some breakouts are as a result of this,so I think it’s great and helpful that you finally put up this post because it will enlighten a couple of people.

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:24 am

      Thank you – I hope it helps too! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:23 am

      Thanks xx

  13. August 12, 2015 / 6:27 am

    Great post! 🙂

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:17 am

      Thanks 🙂

  14. August 12, 2015 / 6:22 am

    Such an informative and helpful tips to wash brushes
    After reading this, i planned to wash mine over the weekends
    Thanks for sharing

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    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:17 am

      thank you xx

  15. August 12, 2015 / 12:27 am

    Thank you for this video, it was great. ^^
    New outfit is online…

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:15 am

      Thank you very much xxx

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:14 am

      Awww thank you so much x

  16. Gabrielle
    August 11, 2015 / 9:59 pm

    Thanks for the tips Layla! I was definitely in need of a reminder to keep my brushes clean, it can be time-consuming but worth it. I also use fairy washing liquid by the way! 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:13 am

      Awww thank you so much hun – YES!!!! Fairy Liquid is the best! 🙂 xxxx

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:09 am

      Thank you very much – glad you like it 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:07 am

      It really is – thank you! 🙂 x

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:04 am

      Thank you hun – glad you like it 🙂 xxx

  17. August 11, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    I must admit I used to be awful with my make up brushes but now after one use I am like yuck don’t want to use them until they are washed, I wish I had time to do it everyday! xx

    • sprinkles
      August 14, 2015 / 11:02 am

      Hahahaha 🙂 xxx

  18. August 11, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    ‘Who doesn’t clean their brushes regularly?’
    *raises hand awkwardly*

    I loved reading this, I only own a few brushes and I know this will be hard for you to hear, but I don’t clean them alot! ooopss Your post has definitely motivated me to clean them more often. 🙂
    It was great to read about how to properly clean them aswell, I just sort of wash them under the tap and hope for the best hahah 🙂

    – Molly x

    • sprinkles
      August 13, 2015 / 4:28 pm

      Hahahaha – you’re so cute!!! It’s something that a lot of people skip but if we all incorporate it into our routine it’ll become normal! It’s just a good way to make sure that your products are a lot cleaner and helps with breakouts too! 🙂 xxxx

  19. August 11, 2015 / 8:11 pm

    I am even embarassed while commenting to this beautiful post Layla! This post was actually meant for me really.. I should be actually ashamed of myself you know. Its not that i don`t know all this, Its also not that i`m not a cleaned and organized person but when it comes to my make up brushes, i get so relaxed. This isn`t a good behaviour. Thank you so much. I will start with cleaning my makeup brushes twice a week and see how things will go on for me..

    • sprinkles
      August 13, 2015 / 4:25 pm

      Hahaha your comment made me smile! A lot of people get relaxed yes and it’s something a lot of people tend to skip or forget about but it’s good if we can all get used to cleaning makeup brushes and incorporate it into our beauty routine it’ll become a part of what we do and it’ll be fine! 🙂 xxxx

  20. August 11, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    Oh goodness I really have to clean my brushes then, your post kind of scares me.. I think I shouldn’t share with you how often I clean my brushes, as I wasn’t aware at all you have to clean them that often. This will be my project when I’m back from London 😀
    XO IMKE | Pastellics

    • sprinkles
      August 13, 2015 / 4:23 pm

      Hahaha – no, I didn’t mean to scare anyone but I’m just saying it as it is! 😀 Clean, clean, clean!!!! 🙂 xxxx

  21. August 11, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Cool, I keep forgetting to clean my brushes 🙂 or let’s say I am just lazy as always. However since watching this video, I decided that I will be cleaning them today 🙂

    • sprinkles
      August 13, 2015 / 4:21 pm

      Hahahaha x

    • sprinkles
      August 13, 2015 / 4:20 pm

      Yes – that’s another good option but I would do clean them twice to make sure all the dirt and buildup has gone! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      August 13, 2015 / 4:18 pm

      Yaaaaay 😀 xxx

    • sprinkles
      August 13, 2015 / 4:17 pm

      Thank you very much – glad you like it 🙂 xxx

  22. August 11, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    Thanks for the great tips!! I should clean my brushes too. Since I don’t use them a lot, I never thought of cleaning those. Thanks again for reminding. 🙂 xoxo

    • sprinkles
      August 13, 2015 / 4:16 pm

      Haha thank you – glad you like it 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      August 13, 2015 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you x

    • sprinkles
      August 13, 2015 / 4:11 pm

      Exactly – it’s very important! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      August 13, 2015 / 4:05 pm

      Thank you very much xxx

  23. August 11, 2015 / 1:11 pm

    This was very helpful. Thank you Kayla! 🙂

    Mich x

    • sprinkles
      August 13, 2015 / 4:03 pm

      Thanks x

  24. Candice
    August 11, 2015 / 10:37 am

    I can only imagine how much dirt gets on my makeup brushes – thanks for sharing

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • sprinkles
      August 13, 2015 / 4:02 pm

      Exactly! 🙂 xx

    • sprinkles
      August 13, 2015 / 4:01 pm

      Ideally twice a week!! 🙂 xx

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