How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

  

 I remember when I got my first ever makeup brushes and how excited I was about them. However, it soon came to the point when I had to wash them and I realized I didn't buy anything specific for doing so. A few google searches later, I came up with my own system which has been working perfectly ever since and is so inexpensive and fuss-free. So I thought I'd share it here in case any of you want an alternative for when your brush cleanser runs out! 
   
   You'll only need 3 things: Johnson's Baby Shampoo (preferably the original yellow one, without any additional scents), Antibacterial Hand Soap (it can be any brand or type, just make sure it's not too harsh or stripping on your skin) and Olive Oil (I recommend using Extra Virgin as it's the highest-quality olive oil you can buy). 


   As you'd do with any brush cleanser, you'll need to wet the brush first. 

   
After that, you swirl your brush around in all 3 products (I do it in the following order:) 


   Finally, you buff it in the palm of your hand until you feel the makeup is completely removed and rinse it as you'd normally do. 


   The result is clean, soft and nice-smelling brushes! I found out that this way of washing my brushes doesn't damage them at all and it doesn't leave any weird residue that messes up my skin afterwards. It's simple and if you've got these things lying around in your house it won't cost you anything. Plus, it cleans, disinfects and conditions them at the same time! 

Please let me know if you try this or tell me what's your favorite method of washing your makeup brushes!

50 comments:

  1. Thank you for tips, I usually was washing just with shampoo or soap, but now I will try this method which you recommended.
    Ramona

    http://www.ramona-strikeapose.blogspot.ie/

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  2. Such a great and detailed tutorial, I really appreciate this! I've got so much Johnson's baby shampoo about for my little one, I will definitely give this a go! I love your blog! :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ "Ice Cream" whispers Clara
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  3. I usually just use baby shampoo on its own but this combination sounds great! Thanks for sharing x

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    1. I tried doing that for a while too, I just found that my brushes were softer when I added some olive oil into the mix as well! :D

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  4. I usually washing my brushes with baby-shampoo))
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    1. It's a great alternative to more expensive brush cleansers, that's for sure! x

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  5. I've never used olive oil to clean the brushes, so I skip the last two steps and use Johnson's baby only. They might not be so soft but they are clean for sure :)

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  6. This was such a helpful post. I simply just use the johnsonn's baby shampoo to clean my makeup brushes and i'm pretty happy with it but I definitely would like to get all the traces off, definitely will be adding olive oil to my brush washing system. x

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    1. Hope it works out! I love the way it makes my brushes feel! x

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  7. To be honest, I just use the baby shampoo and don't use anything else. so far my brushes (3 years and older) didn't show any signs of damage.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. I love it how everybody uses it for their brushes! It's such a great way of washing them!

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  8. Lovely post! Maybe we could follow each other on GFC? If yes, follow me and I follow back as soon as I see it.
    Let me know with a comment on my Blog

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  9. Great post! I really should wash my washes more offten!
    xx
    SASHA

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    1. Thankies! Yep, me too in fact haha! x

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  10. I followed you in bloglovin, it would be so awesome if you would connect and follow me as well.

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    1. Thanks, I just did! Love your blog xx

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  11. Will definitely try this! I usually just use hand soap alone eh. Hahaha thanks!

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  12. i use olive oil to it leaves brushes soft

    Really loving your blog.
    Love to see you on my blog
    xxx Keep in touch
    beautydrugs.blogspot.com

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    1. I know, it's the best conditioner!

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  13. Such a great way to clean your brushes - I find specific cosmetic products can be so expensive so I'll have to try this, thanks! x

    Viva Epernay ❤

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    1. Yeah, and they're not really superior in any way! Glad you found it useful! x

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  14. I clean my brushes with the exact same products, what a coincidence! Great post though, loved how you photographed and labelled everything - looks really pretty.

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    1. Haha that's great to hear! Great minds think alike! Thank you! x

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  15. oohh.. im gonna try using olive oil!! :D

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

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    1. You should, it's a great conditioner! x

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  16. I need to clean my brushes too

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    1. Cheeky little reminder haha! I always forget to do it as well! x

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  17. I had never thought of using olive oil, thank you for the tips! xo

    Holly
    www.thekittyluxe.com

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  18. Those are fab tips, Maria! And such a lovely and clear tutorial. Thanks for sharing your technique, honey. I will definitely be cleaning my brushes that way now (I've only used baby shampoo before). Muaaah!
    xox Nadia
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    1. Thank you, sweetie! Glad I could help! x

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  19. Great tips not thought about conditioning my brushes before.

    www.MyBeautySleuth.com

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    1. Thank youu! Glad you found it helpful! xx

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  20. Thanks for your tips! I've heard about using baby shampoo to wash makeup brushes, but I haven't tried yet. I usually use some face makeup remover to wash my brushes, or olive oil. But the shampoo/soap/olive oil combination sounds interesting!
    It's oddly fascinating washing makeup brushes, watching the water go from a weird brown to clear. Is that just me? haha

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
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    1. You should definitely try baby shampoo, even on its own, it's amazing! And yeah, I agree, I'm fascinated by stuff like this too haha! x

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  21. Great guide! I used to be really lazy and just clean my brushes with regular soap, ouch.... Now I stick to Johnson's baby shampoo and it works wonders :) <3

    Kay
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  22. Ooo this is super fun to read! thanks for sharing

    follow for follow?:)

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  23. So happy I stumbled upon your blog! You look like a friend of mine, So pretty! and a great idea using hand soap to wash makeup brushes!xx

    AimeeSueXO
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  24. I use just baby shampoo and it seems to work fine, I might give your version a go though :)
    happy new year x
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  25. Girllll this is professional. I use leftover/unused facial cleansers that aren't suitable for me or just don't fancy much to wash brushes :) Thought of putting them to good use haha!

    Real Life Nerd // www.vivienekok.com

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  26. This is a great post! I normally use a liquid soap to wash mine :)

    Velvet Blush

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  27. Such great tips! I usually use Dr Bronner's liquid soap, but I've never thought to use olive oil with it.

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty

    x

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