[HOW TO] by C: Let's wash those dirty makeup brushes

If you want even application, makeup brushes are the way to go. They help to apply your liquid foundation, concealer, finishing powder, eyeshadow, eyeliner, lipstick... But the downside is, they get dirty easily. You can imagine the amount of dust, dirt, oil, and bacteria that accumulate after a couple uses on the face without deep washing. Today, I'm going to show you how to make your dirty brushes squicky clean! Let's go!

You will need:
  • Dirty makeup brushes
  • Brush cleaning detergent from Daiso (or alternatively, you can use olive oil & dishwashing detergent) 

This Detergent for Puff and Sponge from Daiso is da bomb! And so cheap too ;D

Step 1: Wet your brushes.

"Hurry up and clean me woman!"

Step 2: Squeeze a small amount of the detergent onto the palm of your hand. If you don't want to use your hand, you can use a cup instead.

Step 3: Massage the brush with the detergent into the palm of your hand in a circular motion until it foams. 

It's foaming! BUBBLES +___+

Step 4: Rinse the brush with running water until squeeky clean. 

"Ahhh.. Thank you for cleaning me! > __<"

Step 5: Ring out excess water and let your brush dry under natural air and out of direct sunlight. And make sure it dries on an angle to avoid water sipping back into the root of the brush - the water can loosen the adhesive at the root and lead to shedding of brush hair.

Step 6: Repeat the process with the rest of the dirty brushes. Use smaller amount of detergent for smaller brushes.

Step 7: Let your brushes dry overnight, and they should be ready to be used the next morning! 

To maintain the hygeine of your makeup brushes, clean them once a week. But if you're lazy like I am, use an antiseptic such as Isocol rubbing alcohol shown in this post and clean it after each use while deep cleaning it whenever you can. You can clean your makeup sponges and puffs as well using this method. 

Is it just me, or do you find cleaning makeup tools soothing? Hahaha maybe it's just me... 

Have a great week! <3

Love, Court


  1. can we use face wash to wash our brushes? is that bad for them? help me marcelle!

    1. You can, or alternatively use olive oil + detergent/ liquid hand soap :)
      - Court

    2. I personally wouldn't because they're not designed for 'hair' products so depending on the brush this could actually strip the bristles and potentially reducing the life of a brush. I actually use baby shampoo on mine because it is very gentle.


  2. Great post, I also love the Daiso brush cleaner. I try to do at least my foundation brush once a week, but spot clean it with a makeup wipe after every use. xx

    1. That cleanser is amazing!! Spot cleaning is an awesome idea, I should start doing it too. Which makeup wipe would you recommend for spot cleaning brushes? - Court



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