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How To Deep Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

Author: Lauren Coleman

It materialised a few weeks ago that several of us are walking about shame-faced, (not to mention dirty-faced!) about the state of our make-up brushes.

Fingers crossed that the sun will come out tomorrow however if you’re confined to your house this weekend, how about getting out your cosmetic brushes and giving them a good old clean? My technique for getting all the goop and gunk off my applicators takes seconds. I promise.

  • All you need is a good glug of olive oil and an equal measure of washing-up liquid
  • Drizzle them both on to a plate and then take your brush and circle the bristles into both liquids for a few seconds
  • Right before your very eyes the make-up grime will lift from the brush. Simply ease off the gunk with your fingers
  • Next rinse your hand and the brush under the tap with warm water and leave to air dry naturally
  • Repeat again every few weeks
  • Voila! All done. Is this the shortest post ever to grace the RMS pages? Indeed it is but there’s no point me going on and on. It really is that quick and easy to de-gunk your brushes.
    Now who’s going to give this a whirl? Any other tips to share for keeping your tools and sponges clean? Now that my brushes are all scrupulously clean I’m off to have a manicure. My hands are not fit to be seen quite so close up!

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    23 thoughts on “How To Deep Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

    1. Oo thanks Lauren – I’ve always used a bit of washing up liquid (no where near often enough though!!) but not heard of using olive oil too! I’m def going to try this out this weekend 🙂

      1. Hi Ali, I think the olive oil keeps the bristles soft too as the washing up liquid can be a bit harsh x

    2. Thanks Lauren, my weekend rainy day activity sorted! Plus your brushes are gorgeous, where are they from please? xx

      1. Hopefully it will stop raining soon Kate! The brushes were from a fab shop that used to be in Covent Garden called ‘B never too busy to be beautiful’. Sadly they’ve closed down which is such a shame 🙁 x

          1. It was sooooo good for birthday presents wasn’t it? I was very sad when they closed down.

    3. I always use shampoo (of any description) but it always takes FOREVER. So thank you for this – will be a project for the weekend.

      1. I promise you Victoria, this way takes you seconds. It’s utterly disgusting though when you see what comes off your brushes!

    4. This is a new trick! I usually use face wash! Unfortunately I won’t be in this weekend to wash my make up brushes!!

    5. I use Johnson’s baby shampoo to clean my brushes, it smells so nice.

      I will try this with olive oil, thanks for the tip 🙂

    6. Hello ladies,

      brilliant tip! I use baby shampoo!
      pour amount into my palm, get my brush and swivel around.. until it all goes bubbles and fluffy (like on your hair) rinse and done!

      will be using the fairy liquid tip and olive oil 🙂 xx

    7. So funny, I was just thinking this morning that I really need to clean my make up brushes! I was also having a fantasy of a blusher brush for each of my favourite blushers. Maybe I’ll start with cleaning the one I do have!

      1. Now that would be fancy Alanna. I use the same brush for powder, bronzer and blusher. I could definitely do with another one! x

    8. I totally did this today. My husband is away for the weekend so I have had a very indulgent weekend on my own doing girly things.

      Right after I degunked my extensive make up brush collection I made myself a Cosmo and put the Good Wife on. It was only 2pm but that’s ok surely..? Thanks for the tip!

      1. Jennifer, this sounds like my kind of weekend. After all that cleaning you definitely deserve a Cosmo 😉

    9. For me, cleaning my brushes is just a quick wipe with a tissue. I know it’s bad! Thanks for taking the time to write this and recommending a recipe! I hope I’ll get on well with it!

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