Why You Should Bother To Clean Your Makeup Brushes!

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

When I tell my friends that I shampoo, condition and disinfect my makeup brushes once a week they look at me like I'm a crazy person.

I'm going to tell you why you NEED to do it! 

Okay, so not only does cleaning your brushes regularly keep them in good condition; it also kills bacteria and removes dead skin cells trapped in between the hairs of your brush (gross I know but Its the truth). I'm sure you can see the point that I am trying to make here, and that is that if you don't clean your brushes you are definitely not doing yourself any favours (especially if your suffer with problem skin).
Whilst shampoo and conditioner removes product and restores the cleanliness of the brush (I love Palmolive's kids 3-in-1 because its so easy and its only about $5 for 400 mls), it doesn't actually kill the germs. That's why it’s important to introduce disinfectant to this love affair (think of it as your brush cleaning love triangle). I use a antibacterial lotion called Isocol to disinfect (pictured below). You can pick up from the supermarket for no more than $10.

Step by step guide:

What you need:
  • Palmolive 3-in-1 (or your regular shampoo and conditioner).
  • Sink with Warm water.
  • Isocol in a small bowl.
  • Paper towel.

  1.  I like to soak my brushes in the sink in warm water mixed with the Palmolive 3-in-1 (or you can use your regular shampoo) for a few minutes to really let the product loosen up.
  2. Drain the water and remove all the brushes to the side. 
  3. One by one take each brush and shampoo and condition them (now you can see why I love my 3-in-1; because it takes less time). Rinse out the product under warm water and repeat this process until the water runs clear. Then dip the brush into the Isocol, squeeze out excess and shape the brush so that the hairs all dry in place.
  4. Place brush on paper towel. I like to place the brush down length ways with the hairs sitting over the edge of the bench. Why? because lets face it; good makeup brushes don't come cheap. One major piece of advice: DON'T stand those babies up to dry! You will be committing makeup brush murder by forcing liquids to run down into the glue of the hairs and cause the hairs to fall out. Yikes!
  5. Leave brushes to dry and voila, you're done! I sit mine like this to dry:

Well that’s that! Leave any comments or questions below, as I am happy to help.

Note: All opinions shared are my own.


  1. finally someone who doenst think im crazy for washing my makeup brushes every 3 days! im going to try that 3 in 1, ive been using johnson baby shampoo and that can get $$, are you going to try out the new sigma glove? any tips for cleaning beauty blenders?
    Lauren xxx

    1. I am dying to try the new sigma glove (it comes in a few different colours so choosing one to give a go is going to be the hard part of the purchase :-) )

      In terms of beauty blenders, have you tried using this same method? If not maybe try your facial cleanser? I would imagine it would be successful as it is designed to remove makeup (just more expensive than shampoo)

      Good luck :-)

  2. It's because of your crazy brush rants that I clean mine! Side effect is that you've turned me into a preacher about cleaning ur brushes lol


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