Washing Your Makeup Brushes

Makeup Monday – Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes


Written while feeling the Monday’s.

Hello and Welcome to Touch of Tay, it’s Monday which means it’s time for Makeup Monday. Unfortunately, I am on a pretty strict spending budget, so I have been keeping myself far far FAR away from Sephora and Ulta.

But the show must go on so today I am bringing you my makeup brush cleaning routine.


Let’s get started.


You should probably wash your makeup brushes at LEAST once a month depending on how often you used them. I, haven’t washed my brushes in months because my life is a mess and I am the laziest human you don’t officially know.

When I do wash away the shame from my life, this is the routine I follow.



Washing Your Makeup Brushes

Set up your stations to make for a quick and painless process near a sink. Pull out all the brushes you want to clean, get your cleaner ready, and set out a piece of paper towel for air drying. I use the Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel which you can find at Ulta for $8.99 in the drugstore brush isle.



Washing Your Makeup Brushes

Wash your hands and place a small amount of the cleaning gel in the palm of your hand. Grab your first brush and run it under the water and start rubbing the brush bristle into the soap on your hand.

Washing Your Makeup Brushes

Don’t smash your brush down, be super gentle and work up a lather. Rinse thoroughly, ring out excess water, pat dry with paper towel and that place the brush down on a clean piece of paper towel to air dry.



Once you have cleaned all your brushes and they are all air drying, go back over them with a clean piece of paper towel and pat them dry again. Make sure all the bristles are laying flat, you could even hang some brushes to make sure they try into the right shape.

Washing Your Makeup Brushes

Leave your brushes to dry overnight or as long as you possibly can. Plan to clean your brushes on a weekend when you know you aren’t going to need them the next morning.


Sidenote: this process does not include a Beauty Blender. I do not wash my blenders because I don’t find it to be effective at removing bacteria. I repurchase a new sponge every 2-3 months.

About the cleansing gel – I have used other cleaning soaps and gels on my brushes, and I find the Real Techniques to be the best. A little bit goes a long way, it is very effective in moving makeup, it smells great, doesn’t leave any residue behind, and it’s inexpensive. Basically, it gets the job done.

Keep in mind I don’t buy new brushes very often, and my collection is pretty small I use my brushes for a very long time since they can be expensive and if you take good care of them, you won’t need to repurchase.

I hope this post gives you the motivation you need to finally clean your makeup brushes. Have a wonderful rest of your Monday and I will see you back here for Fresh Finds Friday.

Check out last week’s Fresh Find Friday post in case you missed out on what Tait’s WTF video was.


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