How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

I love wearing make-up, but unfortunately with that every so often I have to clean my brushes. If you have been following my #MakeupMonday posts on Instagram, I have been wearing more shimmery eyeshadows in different tones and I'm getting to a point where all my eye brushes have been used up on other colours. I do not mind cleaning my brushes but it still takes a long time and I hate standing by the sink for ages trying to rinse all the product out. I cleaned my brushes yesterday morning and I thought I would talk about what I am currently using to clean them and how they have been working out.

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes - Life Of A Beauty Nerd
Back in November, I received this nifty little tool from Birchbox in my box for the month. You slid it onto your fingers (I did my middle and index finger) and I then applied whatever I was using straight to it and then rubbed my brush through it before rinsing.

It has two sections, one is more compacted with individual stick-like things coming out of it and then you have a row of line. If the brush had more product in it, particularly the eye brushes, I would use it mostly on the smaller section as it could clean the brush a bit better. The other side is better for rinsing.

I prefer to use baby shampoo to clean my brushes as it is the most gentle, especially in comparison to soap. Also some specific cleaners for make-up brushes are either too expensive or for spot-cleaning only. I like Johnson's Baby Shampoo as it smells really nice and familiar and you could also get a travel size as well.

However in this case, I had run out baby shampoo to use and I had not yet repurchased any so I instead, used my LUSH 9 To 5 cleanser. It is a really gently cleanser and it actually cleaned my brushes really well! Just make sure you rinse it out really well.

The Birchbox tool is quite small so it does work better on eye brushes or small face brushes so I would love it if they brought it out in a larger size.

After I have rinsed all the brushes, I wrap them tightly in a towel over night and then if they are still a little damp in the morning, I will lightly dry them using the lowest heat and power setting on my hair dryer, making sure I do not get too close, particularly with the natural hair brushes.

So that's how I clean my make-up brushes! I know this was a short post but you cannot write new make-up posts with dirty brushes!

What do you use to clean your brushes?

Ellyn xx


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  1. That little tool looks so good! I got a Real Techniques brush cleaner for Christmas but I still haven't tested it out! I know it's bad but I'm so lazy when it comes to cleaning brushes!!

    Jess xx
    foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

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    1. I am so bad as well!! This post literally came about because I needed to clean my brushes but I also needed to write a blog post haha!!

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  2. I have the same thing to clean mine! I'm so bad at cleaning mine though. I find it the thought of it such a chore but don't actually mind once I've got started. Hate waiting for them to dry though!

    Becca
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    1. Me too! I always clean them at night, wrap them up in a towel and then by th morning, they will be dry and ready to use!

      Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

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  3. I am so bad when it comes to brush cleaning! I have a similar tool to that which works quite well! I am on the look out for a new brush cleaner though ��

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    1. I have thought about buying brush cleaners before but then I think, baby shampoo is so cheap and works just as well!

      Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

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  4. I'm such a lazy brush cleaner, I recently bought one of those brush eggs at Primark and they work really well.

    Great post!!

    xoxo

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    1. Same! If only you could clean make-up brushes with some kind of mini dishwasher thing, that would be amazing

      Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

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  5. Love That! I wish we had Birchbox here so I could just order one and not have to pay massive amounts for shipping. Alas, I will just have to search for a brush cleaner here. Great review! Also, good tip on the baby shampoo!

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    1. There are so many beauty subscription boxes available now so there should be one that you might be able to try!

      Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

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  6. I love using baby shampoo to clean my brushes, Trichomania solid shampoo bar from Lush is also supposed to be really good for cleaning your makeup brushes!

    https://sharnahsblog.wordpress.com/

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    1. Solid shampoo sounds like a really good idea - a lot less wasteful or messy! Might have to try that!

      Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

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