Beauty Tuesday: How I Wash My Makeup Brushes!

15 April 2014

This week I thought I would show you guys how I wash my makeup brushes. I've gotten a few requests to explain how I do this ever since you guys have been seeing it on the vlogs. I tend to wash my brushes on the same day every week (Sunday) so it's just become part of my routine. I used to also spot clean them every day with either brush cleanser or makeup wipes but ever since I became a mom, that's just not really possible! I do my makeup exactly the same every day anyway, and I use the same brushes so it's actually pretty easy to keep them clean as I don't tend to mix colours. I love and look forward to the feeling of my fresh clean brushes every Monday morning! 

Here's what my brushes look like before being washed. Pretty dirty and gross! These are all the makeup brushes I use on a daily basis. They are a mixture of Real Techniques, Dior, Sedona Lace, LA Creative and Urban Decay.

Here is all I use to wash my brushes! 

Step 1: Soak them in olive oil to get the colour out (this works especially well if you have white tips!). I pour some olive oil into a little bowl and swish the brush around in it. Then I hold the brush facing downwards under a stream of warm water while squeezing out the oil. You will be able to see all the colour coming out with the oil.

Step 2: I put some Aveda Shampure shampoo (this is the shampoo we use on Emilia! It's all natural and very gentle) into the palm of my hand and swoosh the brush around in it to get it all lathered up. Then I rinse it out the same way as before, under a stream of warm water while squeezing out all the product. I do this twice over if the brush is bigger or dirtier and I used more oil. You want to make sure to get all the olive oil out of your brushes otherwise they will get greasy.

Step 3: I lay all my brushes out flat on a folded towel with the brush heads sitting over the edge of the towel. This is so that they can dry properly. Sometimes if it's later in the day and I need them to be dry for the following morning, I'll put them on a windowsill over the radiator (not directly over the don't want to damage them with too much heat!). 

And that's it! It's very simple and doesn't take much time especially if you don't use a lot of brushes like me! I also think if you do this at the same time every week it will become part of your routine and you won't even have to think about it. Then you will always enjoy fresh, clean & healthy brushes! :)

You can watch my video tutorial on how I clean my makeup brushes here:



  1. Hi Anna! Thanks for this very helpful video. I'm about to practice those steps now and I hope it will all clean and fresh just like new. Oh, btw.. I love watching your videos!! Say Hi to Emilia, Eduardo and of course Jonathan from me here in Indonesia!! Have a nice day! :*

  2. I have never tried to wash my brushes with oil. It sounds really interesting. I am curious what will happen. I am going to clean my brushes immediately. Thank you for sharing this article! You made my day! Best regards!


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