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Makeup Brush Cleaning Guide

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Hi! I wanted to share with you all the different methods I use to clean my makeup brushes. I hope you find this guide helpful. If you have any tips you use, I would love to hear about them.


Spot cleaning

This is what I do in between my deep cleaning. The product I use is Cinema Secrets. I really like how clean this makes my brushes. It is amazing how fast it not only cleans but also dries my brushes. You can purchase this on the Sephora website.

Tools and method

I start out with my Cinema Secrets, a small bowl and paper towels. You can also use a regular clean towel that you do not mind being stained.


Pour a small amount of the cleaner into the bowl. Dip the tip of the dirty brush into the liquid just until it starts absorbing then remove quickly and swirl onto paper towel to get off dirt.


Set clean brush aside and repeat process with your remaining dirty brushes. The clean brush should be dry immediately. I still like to let them air dry for a bit before putting them back in my brush holder.


Another item that is great to spot treat your eyeshadow brushes is the Color Switch by Vera Mona. I got mine at Sephora. I use this product every day. I love it!


How it works: Swirl any eye shadow brush in circular motion on the sponge. The color is then removed leaving you with a clean brush ready for the next color. Amazing!

The sponge inside the tin comes out for cleaning. To clean, simply use a small amount of gentle soap and run it under warm water until the water runs clear. Lay flat to dry. I usually clean mine at the same time I deep clean my brushes. This tin is lightweight and fits in my makeup bag. I take it with me when I travel as well.

There are some DIY methods out there. I personally did try one but it did not clean my brushes as well as this Color Switch. The Color Switch is worth the investment!

Deep Cleaning

My usual routine is to deep clean all of my brushes every few weeks, usually on a weekend when I do not really wear makeup and if I do, it is minimal; BB cream, mascara and lip gloss. I like to have at least 2 days for the brushes to dry completely. I lay them on a towel and line them up leaving enough space so they are not touching. I rotate/turn the brushes after about a day.

Tools and method

There are 2 ways I like to deep clean my brushes. One is using a cleansing butter or using a cleansing palette. I used The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing balm, Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette, water, towel.

Cleansing Balm Method: The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter

IMG_4482This Balm is used for cleansing skin but it works very well on brushes. The balm also conditions brushes.

Swirl brush in balm then wipe on paper towel. I also rinse them after.


Swirl on paper towel to help dry and set aside.


Cleansing Palette Method: I got mine at Ulta. It also came with a sample of the brush cleaning gel, which I used.


I cleaned my brushes using a bowl of water instead of over the sink. Either method works fine. It just depends on your preference.

Pour a bit of brush cleaner into the palette.

Dip your brush into a bowl of water to get bristles wet.


Swirl in the palette with the cleansing gel over the ridges to clean in between the bristles.

Rinse brush until water runs clear.

Squeeze out excess water and lay on towel to air dry.

Travel tips and tricks: I take individually packaged brush cleaning wipes with me when I travel. Sephora has their brand and so does e.l.f. both work well. I rarely find myself needing to deep clean any of my brushes when I travel.  I also take a travel size solid brush cleaner to clean my beauty blender. The solid can also be used to deep clean a brush if needed. I use both Sephora and Beauty Blender brand solids. I like them both equally.


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