How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

I’ll admit. I HATE cleaning my makeup brushes. Is there anyone out there who enjoys it?!

Well, when I finally decide to stop being lazy, and clean these bad boys, this is their routine.


  1. First off, I completely wet my brush right through with warm water. Make sure you NEVER use hot water, since this can end up melting the glue that holds the bristles in.img_5716.jpg
  2. I then squirt (cringe) on some Australian Body Care Tea Tree Oil Skin WashΒ onto the brush, and massage it in gentlyΒ IMG_5717
  3. I stick on my Sigma Brush Cleaning Mat into my sink, and swirl around my brush onto the different sections of the mat. You can see the dirt and makeup vanishing off the brush instantly!IMG_5720
  4. Rinse off your brush with clean water, and there you have it! Clean brushes in seconds!


The mat has honestly been such a game changer for me. Even though it still does take me a good 30-45 minutes to clean all my brushes, it is a LOT faster when I use it. There are also cheaper alternatives on eBay if you’re interested!


  • Try to dry your brushes upside down to stop the glue from dissolving.
  • Shape your brushes whilst they’re still wet.
  • Let them air dry! I’ve heard of people blow drying their brushes, and even straightening them! Leave them be!
  • Wash your brushes after you’ve done your makeup in the morning. This way they have all day and all night to dry, before you use them again.
  • Buy a spot cleaner to give your brushes a little bit of a clean when you don’t have time to do a full cleaning routine.

What do you use to clean your makeup brushes?Β 



  1. 29th June 2017 / 3:13 am

    It seems easy enough but I’m just as lazy lol. I actually need to clean mine now. I think I’m going to πŸ˜‚

    • 29th June 2017 / 11:00 am

      Thats the product with me πŸ˜‚ Its so easy, I just can never be bothered to actually do it πŸ˜‚

  2. 29th June 2017 / 4:07 am

    I use the beauty blender cleanser for everything, but I NEED to get that Sigma mat!

    • 29th June 2017 / 11:06 am

      Honestly one of the best things to closing brushes! Used to take me double the time without it!

  3. 29th June 2017 / 8:16 am

    I think its kinda therapeutic to clean them now and then! I use a real techniques brush shampoo but its not the best really.

      • 29th June 2017 / 11:39 am

        If you pay for the journey over there from Norway then sure πŸ˜€

        • 29th June 2017 / 11:51 am

          Haha, I don’t think you would fancy a holiday to the UK at the minute. We’ve just got over a heat wave, and now the weathers all miserable!

          • 1st July 2017 / 6:47 am

            Yeah, no, heatwaves aren’t my thing, sadly! πŸ™ I’m a winter child so summer always absolutely destroys me.

          • 1st July 2017 / 7:11 am

            I always think I like summer, but as soon as it comes around, I miss the winter!

  4. 29th June 2017 / 10:37 am

    I actually enjoy washing mine! I think it’s the lead up to it that’s annoying because you feel so lazy to do it, but when I actually go do it, it only takes about 10 minutes if that. I don’t have masses of brushes to wash, so maybe that’s why.

    I just use good ol’ baby shampoo!

    • 29th June 2017 / 11:08 am

      I love it after I’ve washed them because of how nice they look, but I do think it is the lead up thats the worse! πŸ˜‚ I need to try using baby shampoo!!

  5. 29th June 2017 / 11:18 am

    Perfect timing! Just the help I was looking for – it’s time I clean them – thanks Brooke!!

  6. myliron
    29th June 2017 / 1:13 pm

    Thank you so much I am due to wash my brushes and I will definitely be trying out your product

      • myliron
        29th June 2017 / 1:30 pm

        Will let you when I have tried it

  7. 29th June 2017 / 5:09 pm

    You just caused me to go buy a mat on Ebay. Thanks!

    • 29th June 2017 / 7:58 pm

      Haha! Sorry for making you spend some pennies! They’re so worth it though! Let me know how you get on! x

  8. 29th June 2017 / 6:15 pm

    I definitely have to try the little brush cleaning matt (or something similar). and I usually use my makeup remover/facewash soap to clean my brushes πŸ™‚ great post!

    • 29th June 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Definitely try one out! They’re amazing!! Thank you so much!! x

  9. 29th June 2017 / 6:39 pm

    lol I’m the same way good post. I use liquid soap

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