How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

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Brushes are a haven for bacteria and gross stuff so keeping them clean is important! Here’s how I clean my brushes and beauty blenders.


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I have a ‘shade n’ swap’ by W7 which dusts excess powder off brushes between uses. So handy for swatching or when you want to use one brush for two or more colours.

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This is Primark’s brush cleanser. I simply spray my brushes with it, rub the cleanser in a bit and leave them to dry.

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Every couple of weeks I do a deep clean, where I wash brushes with warm water and baby shampoo. I also use a silicone pad that gets right into the bristles. I then leave them to dry for a day in a pot!

Beauty Blenders can get gross really quickly so each time I use them I make sure to completely saturate them with warm water and squeeze it out. I then use baby shampoo to clean them more thoroughly every couple of weeks and if there’s any stubborn stains I use cheap bar soap to remove them!


Go on, admit it… when’s the last time you cleaned your brushes?

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7 thoughts on “How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

  1. I had never seen the shade n swap before. That’s a cool little gadget to have. I have a brush cleanser too and for deep cleaning, I use a foaming hand soap. As for how long it’s been since the last time I cleaned my brushes…I plead the fifth.

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    • W7 isn’t widely sold (I’ve only ever seen it in one shop and I think it’s only available in the UK!) but there’s a few more expensive versions of it like the shade switch, it’s so handy!

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