How to clean your makeup brushes in 1-2-3

I recommend washing and cleaning the brushes very gently, being too rough can actually break the bristles. Every brush is different and some have harder bristles than others. Depending on how much your makeup tools can handle, I recommend starting by washing with a little warm water, not too hot.

You can use different products for cleaning your brushes and some are from the more expensive ranges. I have always been looking for a cheap but good product to use. But, I haven’t been so keen on spending £20 for a makeup brush cleaning spray when I actually can save money using another simple product.


Before washing them I tend to take my finger through the bristles to check for any fluff or dust. Even if you wash thoroughly you can’t always see the stuff in between the bristles. This obviously depends on how well you take care of your brushes in the first place.

Below I have demonstrated how you can easily clean your makeup brushes.


How-to guide:

  1. Start by applying Johnson’s Baby Shampoo on the bristles of your brush. Baby shampoo is the cheapest and best beauty tip for the bristles to keep their softness. I have used this secret for months and it makes such a difference.
  2. Massage the baby shampoo into the bristles and make sure everything is covered.
  3. Wash the makeup brush thoroughly with a little warm water.
  4. Gently make circular motions with the brush onto your hand to make sure all the dirt gets cleaned away.

Never go too rough with the brushes because that can ruin the bristles and make them hard. This is not recommended, I have done this in the past and I had to throw away most of my brushes. Nothing is worse than applying makeup with a stiff brush!

Washed and ready for more work…


I recommend to wash and clean your brushes after every time you use them, this is making sure that you won’t get any dirt on your face which can cause irritations and lead to other skin problems. If you can’t wash your brushes that often, you should at least wash them 2-3 times per week.

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I am extremely happy with them and they are so soft, perfect option if you don’t want to spend a fortune! Maybe this can be a Christmas gift for someone you know loves makeup? The set with brushes also comes in a zipper bag which is very good for keeping them alive, plus they won’t be laying around.

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I hope you found my article helpful and let me know if you have any other tips that work even better! 🙂

Are you good at remembering to clean your makeup brushes?


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Cecilia K


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  • LaaLaa

    I try wash mine with alcohol after each use to kill the bacteria and then do a thorough wash at the end of the week xo

  • Can’t remember the last time I washed my brushes but then again I hardly use them but loving the use of JJ baby shampoo I will try that

  • Jo Wiggins

    We have lots of Johnsons products in our house, I didn’t think to wash my brushes with them x

  • What a great post, this is something I am not very good at I am really bad at cleaning my brushes x

  • Jazmin Williams

    Fab post – so many people don’t really get how important it is to clean your brushes… speaking of which, mine are due are wash today!

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I just admit, I am terrible when it comes to cleaning my brushes, so thanks for all the tips!

  • This is such a great post I think a lot of people don’t clean their brushes often enough.

  • I hate cleaning my makeup brushes, it’s one of those jobs I really should do more often x

  • I hate cleaning my brushes! I do make sure I wash them once a week though which I think is fine as I have so many of them I normally have a good few back ups for any dirty ones xx

  • Natasha Mairs

    never thought of using baby shampoo, I normally use hand wash

  • Teresa Bowen

    I’m one of those people who don’t wash my makeup brushes as often as I should but being able to do it easily with baby shampoo might help me make some new habits.

  • Joanna

    I wash my brushes this way too its important to clean them often and do it as not to damage them.

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I am one of those OCD brush washers and I have a brush cleaner x

  • I really need a good make up brush cleaner, as you said it is imperative that I do! Looks good hun xx

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    I really need to get better at cleaning my brushes, I don’t and I should!

    • hehe yeah we all have at some point, but it’s not too late to start again haha x

  • Yessss, I use baby shampoo too! I have a mitt with grooves that makes cleaning a bit easier.

  • I am. I clean mine with a cleaner and water. Fab post.

  • I have a brush cleaner soap which I use but will definitely invest in some baby shampoo when mine runs out x

  • Cassandra Mayers

    Brilliant Tips. Im naughty and its something I dont often do, but then again I dont often wear makeup

  • Shannon Ritchie

    I’m so bad at remembering to clean my brushes which I know is so bad for my skin! I have never thought to use baby shampoo so I may just pop into town to get some!

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Great post. I clean my brushes with handwash / baby and normal shampoo it does a great job.

  • Dena Jayne

    I find Baby Shampoo the best for washing my brushes! Some good tips, I find sometimes I am a little too rough! Washing brushes is such a chore though! xo

  • Great tips! I’ve heard about using baby shampoo before, I must try it!

  • Mellissa Williams

    Thanks for the reminder, I don’t clean them as often as I should. I use hand wash to clean mine

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I actually like washing my brushes, I can’t stand them when they are dirty! X

  • Francesca Nelson

    So important to keep your makeup brushes clean!! I have a post like this on my blog its good to remind people now and again!

  • I can’t believe you can spend up to £15 on brush cleaner when baby shampoo works just fine.

  • Tanya Brannan

    I have got into the habit of washing mine every other week. I have to admit I have just been using hand soap, but I will be getting some baby shampoo now, as it will be a lot easier,and cost effective! Thank you xx

  • Paula

    I’m terrible at cleaning my brushes! I should remember it to my self more often hehe, I usually just use the normal soap, but I did heard about using baby shampoo, I need to try this 🙂

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I clean my brushes after i use them. I really don’t like brush cleaners where you have to use a shampoo and water. I prefer to use the MAC Brush Cleaner which requires no water at all. You just put some of the cleaner onto a cotton pad and just work the brush into the pad. Then you just let them dry. Does a good job of keeping them clean too x