How to Clean Your Make Up Brushes

I’m so excited to have a guest blog today by my girl Korian Bradley! She is a salon owner in Chattanooga, Tennessee and knows her stuff! She’s going to tell us everything we need to know about how and why we should be cleaning our make-up brushes!


Find her on Instagram at: @korian18 and follow her salon @steelmagnoliasalon

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By: Korian Bradley

Who doesn’t love a flawless face?? And we all have that one brush or maybe it’s 3 or 4 that never lets us down!  But are you getting the most out of your brushes?? Do you feel like sometimes they get the job done but others they apply heavier in areas? Or maybe they worked better when they were new??

When you use your brushes, bits of makeup, oil, dirt, and even bacteria can get trapped in the bristles.

Cleaning your brushes may seem basic but skipping this step can lead to clogged pores and pesky breakouts.

Cleaning your brushes is a lot simpler than you think. The best part is you have all the things you need right in our home!

The best thing to use is oil (olive oil or warmed coconut) mixed with dish soap. Yes I said dish soap!

1/3 oil to 2/3 dish soap

The dish soap cuts the oils that are stuck in the brush and the oil replenishes the good oils the dish soap took out.

If you do not have oil and dish soap you can also use a baby shampoo.

What you will need •


-dirty brushes

oil & dishsoap or baby shampoo


-rough surface or you can use your hand

-bowl for mixing

•how to do it

-Rinse your makeup brush with lukewarm water  (I do it one by one but you can do them all at once if you like)


-Swirl your mixture of oil & dishsoap with your makeup brush


-Rub the brush against rough surface or you can use your hand, working the makeup through the brush hairs. Continue to swirl it until the makeup starts coming out.


*Make sure that all of the oil is out. If you feel like they are a little oily you can put a dab of dish soap on the brush and rinse.

-Rinse the brush in running sink water. If the brush you are cleansing is a foundation brush or a brush you use liquids on you make want to repeat the cleansing step.

-Once you have your brush all clean squeeze the water out with your fingers. Form the brush back to is natural shape and lay it out on a towel.

-Repeat until all your brushes are clean. When all brushes are clean you can lay them on a towel over an air vent or outside in the sun. Just make sure they aren’t in a windy area or laying on anything that could change the shape of your brushes.


*Cleaning your brushes is such an important part of your makeup routine and it is recommended to do it at least twice a month! I generally do mine when I know I’m not going to need them for a little bit. I also do mine at night and they are ready to go by the AM.


Drying can take several hours so make sure your u will not need them for bit. I like to clean them at night before bed!



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