How to quickly and easily clean your make-up brushes

Let me start off by saying that I hate  cleaning my make-up brushes, not because it’s overly difficult or time consuming but because I just own. So. Many. I’ll do anything to put it off; match my odd socks to their long lost partners, get back to sending that message on facebook I’d marked as ‘seen’ 5 months ago, I’d even re-arrange my CD collection based on when I’ve chronologically listened to each album. Okay, maybe not, but you get the jist.
However, this was all before a friend of mine introduced me to the beauty that is the Penneys oven mitt which I’ll talk about later. You don’t need to spend a fortune on expensive brush cleaners when there’s such a cheap, quick and easy way of doing it which will also insure that your brushes are kept in great condition.
Here’s what you’ll need:

Penneys oven mitt – €2
Surgical spirits (300ml) – €3
Spritzer bottle (Tiger Stores) – €1
Johnson’s Baby Shampoo (300ml) – €2.65

Total = €8.65


Step 1 – Pour a dollop of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo onto the centre of the oven mitt. Gently wet the bristles of your make up brush making sure not to get the metal part of the brush (the part that connects the bristles to the handle) wet. This is where the glue that holds everything together is and if you get it wet the glue will gradually dissolve and the metal will rust causing your brushes to fall apart. In a circular motion brush the make-up brush against the mitt to form a small lather. Rinse until the water runs clear and set aside to dry over tissue (see step 2).

Step 2 – On a flat surface set down some clean tissue for your brushes to dry on. Make sure it’s somewhere they won’t accidentally get knocked over or you’ll have to start all over again! It’s important to leave your brushes flat as if you leave them to dry at an angle moisture will settle into the metal where the glue is fixed which will damage your brushes. It will also help the brushes to keep their shape if you leave then lying down flat.

Step 3 – When your brushes are fully dry you should then disinfect them with a mixture of surgical spirits and water. A general rule of thumb is to mix 40% spirits with 60% water. You shouldn’t have any problems with this amount but if you have sensitive skin and any problems arise you can always add more water. Put this mixture into a spritzer bottle and spray over the tips of your brushes to kill any bacteria that may be lurking.


Et voila! It’s seriously that easy!

I wash my brushes at least once a week to keep them clean and working like new. It will lengthen your brush’s life-span and durability and it leaves them smelling lovely and clean! Brush hygiene is essential as you will be less prone to skin breakouts and your make-up will be so much easier to apply. And hey, everyone wants less pimples and spots.

Happy cleaning! Until next time,

– Cíara C


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