Spring Cleaning: How I Clean My Brushes

When you look outside it may not seem true but spring is upon us, it’s officially the season to declutter and clean out homes! I have to admit I have neglected my brushes for a few weeks, which isn’t like me, so I decided to start with cleaning my brushes.

Working at a beauty boutique I get asked a lot if our brushes really need to be cleaned, or what harm does a bit of blush on a brush do? The answer is a lot. Our tools pick up bacteria and oil from our faces, let alone the products we use and dirt from surrounding elements. All this can quickly build up leading to breakouts and rashes we wouldn’t usually get. This is why we should try to get into the habit of cleaning them weekly.

If we clean our brushes weekly it wont take as long to clean them as it would with a months worth of product and our skin will thank us immensely.

Here is what you will need:


  • Your brushes
  • Sink
  • Brush cleaner or baby shampoo
  • Lint free cloth or makeup eraser
  • A shallow bowl or cleansing mat


I start byΒ  putting a squirt of baby shampoo on my cleansing mat, If you are using a small dish then make a mixture of water and soap.

Run your brush under lukewarm water then gently swirl on cleansing mat (or mixture and work up a lather in the palm of your hand). Focus on the end of the bristles avoiding the part where the handle meets, as this can loosen the glue over time.


Rinse the brush under running water to remove the soap and repeat all this as many times as it takes for the water to run clear from the brush. Use a cloth to gently wipe off the excess water then reshape your brush and lay flat on a cloth to dry. Time to finish off the rest!



Notice the difference from the first picture vs the last? Seeing that makes my skin jump for joy! Now what to clean next… hmm.

How often do you clean your brushes or what do you do differently? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading β€” xxoo Corinne







7 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning: How I Clean My Brushes

  1. I love washing my brushes even though it takes forever. I love seeing all the color come off and see practically brand new brushes lol. I wash them once a week every Sunday lol.

  2. I have the same cleaning regime as you do but I rarely wash mine. I know, so bad, haha. I honestly just have a big collection so that I don’t have to wash as often… so bad!

    Also, I wanted to say nice to see an update. I really enjoy your blog and I wondered what happened to you! lol

    1. Hey girly! It’s good to see you are still around. It has been a very chaotic 7 months for me but I am happy to be back. I totally get what you mean though, I have done that but then when you decide finally clean them and there is 40 brushes it’s a lot to take in haha

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