How We Wash Our Makeup Brushes

There’s nothing worse than washing your makeup brushes but there’s nothing better than having clean makeup brushes.

If you keep randomly breaking out and can’t figure out why, there’s a good chance it’s because you haven’t washed your brushes in a long time (we’ve all been there) and you’re just applying bacteria all over your face. Here is what we both use to keep our makeup brushes clean!


Every (other) week I wash my brushes with baby shampoo to clean all the makeup out of them. My current favorite is babyganics because it’s fragrance free. I avoid products with fragrance because it’s terrible for people with sensitive skin and it will make you age quicker!



If you can’t find a baby shampoo without fragrance, I also used this product for years.


Once I shampoo all my brushes, I clean them with disinfectant soap to get rid of any bacteria. You can just use whatever (fragrance free) soap you have in your bathroom already!


When I want to give my brushes a quick clean (or honestly, when I’m too lazy to commit to the marathon that is brush washing), I use this It Cosmetics Brush Bath Purifying Brush Cleaner. The spray top is sooo convenient. I just spray some directly onto a paper towel and swirl my brush around until all the product comes off. The brushes dry super quickly. This is what I use on more of a day-to-day basis. It’s so hassle-free! (I should also mention that I quickly clean my beauty blenders every single time before using them, just with fragrance-free soap and water).

Then when it comes to that dreaded time of the month (brush washing time), I always use this Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Bar Soap (*** in the “Baby Unscented” version***). I picked up mine at Whole Foods for like $5, and it lasts me forever. This actually makes it really easy to give my brushes a thorough cleaning. I’ve found that using a bar is the best way to make sure all the foundation is cleansed from my beauty blenders, which are always extra tricky to clean.

This liquid version is also amazing (and can honestly be used for everything). And by using the Unscented kind, you avoid any harsh chemicals that might dry out your brushes (and as L mentioned earlier, is really irritating for your skin)! It honestly doesn’t take me that long, and I always make sure to have a jamming playlist to make it more bearable (I still have Ari’s album on repeat).

My final tip is to dry your brushes on a slant, with the bristles facing down. I dry mine on a towel that is rolled up a few times on one end to allow the brushes to dry on a slight slope. This prevents any water from gathering in the base of the brush, which could cause the brush hairs to loosen and eventually fall out (because brushes can be expensive af and who needs shedding brushes).

What do you use to wash your makeup brushes?

xoxo R + L

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