I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a clean freak about my make up brushes. That being said, I still don’t wash them as much as I’ve seen some people recommend. I don’t mark a calendar or remember to wash them every __ days, but when I get around to it it’s normally every 2-3 weeks, depending on how much I’ve been using them.
I seperated them into 2 categories: brushes with shimmer (highlighter, eyeshadow, etc) & brushes without (foundation, setting powder, etc). I do this simply from getting glitter in brushes that didn’t have it from the products they’re used for. I also clean them differently.
- 2 bowls/cups
- Dish detergent (I.e. Dawn or Ajax)
Brushes with Liquid Product/Powder (no shimmer, like foundation brushes)
- Squirt a small amount of dish soap in the bottom of your container and fill with hot water about an inch deep.
- Add vinegar. Any amount is good, but I usually go for about 1/4 vinegar and 3/4 water if that makes sense.
- Soak brushes for 10 minutes
- I then take each brush out individually and scrub it on my hand with additional soap, then rinse.
- For best results rinse with cold water (combats bubbles), dry on a towel, and hang/prop upside down to dry.
Brushes used for shimmer powder products (highlighter, eyeshadow)
- The exact same, except no vinegar! It won’t hurt to use the same water, but vinegar isn’t as much of a help here.
Again, you don’t have to separate your brushes at all but that’s just what I find makes more sense. When done make sure they are drying in the right shape and are rinsed of vinegar (yuck). I hang mine like this on the shower rod. Hope this helps!
Left To Right
- EcoTools Powder Brush
- Morphe M439 (!!!!)
- Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Angle Brush
- Morphe G35
- Luxie 660
- Luxie 514
- Morphe G6
- Real Techniques Foundation Brush
- Morphe G37
- Luxie 524T
- Beau Gachis Concealer Brush
- SLMissGlam L34
- Luxie 215
- Beau Gachis Tapered Blending Brush