Friday, October 12, 2012

How to Clean Makeup Brushes Like a Pro

I worked for Estee Lauder as a makeup artist for several years- so I consider myself knowledgeable when it  comes to makeup and skincare. Friends and family often ask me for makeup tips and advice, and although this is not a beauty blog, I figured it's okay to break away from the norm every now and then. 
So today I am going to share with you how to clean your makeup brushes like the pros.

Save your money ladies! 

There is no need to purchase those expensive brush/sponge cleansers, because you can make your own at home. In my personal opinion, this homemade solution works far better at dissolving all of the excess makeup and oil from your makeup brushes than those name brand cleansers. Even if you clean your brushes on a regular basis, you will be surprised at how much dirt and grime will be removed with this simple trick.

Here is what you need:
  • Dawn Dish Soap- Original
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Glass Measuring Cup {2 cup}
  • Water
Mix together 2/3 cup of white vinegar with 1/2 teaspoon of Dawn dish soap in a glass measuring cup. Fill the rest of the measuring cup with hot water. Place your makeup brushes in the measuring cup and allow them to soak for 5 minutes. Remove the brushes from the solution and rinse with cold water until the water runs clear. Lay your makeup brushes on a towel and allow them to air dry. Once dry, your brushes are like new!

Be sure to clean your brushes at least every other week for optimal performance and to extend the longevity of the brush. Note: with sponges, your makeup will naturally change the color of your sponge, so if it does not return to it's original state don't worry, it's still clean and disinfected. As long as the water runs clear and no makeup runs off the sponge after you have soaked it in the solution, then you are good to go.

Do you have any makeup tips or tricks that you would like to share? We'd love to hear from you.


  1. Thanks for this tip! I clean mine but with face cleaner dissolved in hot water. I'm sure the Dawn really cuts the facial oils, etc. Thanks again!

  2. Thanks so much this is great info! It's amazing how white vinegar works wonders in so many cleaning recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I'm definitely going to be trying this:)

    Found you over on October Blog Hop 2012. Come by and say hello:)

  4. I have used dish soap but didn't know about the vinegar.. Thanks!
    I hang mine upside down to dry so the water doesn't soak into the handle..

  5. This looks awesome! I always buy the brush cleaner from MAC but in will have to give this a try!


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