How to clean make-up brushes – my tips for quick and easy make-up brush cleansing

Hi my loves!

Today’s blog post will be about me sharing how I clean my make-up brushes in a really fast & easy way.

Clean make-up brushes are a must-have. If dirty, make-up brushes can transfer bacteria and cause nasty pimples, acne=> a.k.a. => breakouts and other skin problems. So, I will share a short ‘recipe’ to my ritual of cleansing brushes.

Ingredients: (yes, this is here to make you smile. I know that this is not a real food recipe) 🙂



Dirty brushes

Baby soap / Brush Cleanser

Small dish



Olive oil – if cleansing my brushes with baby soap, I love adding a drop of olive oil in the mixture because it makes my brushes softer.

Brush cleansing mat (I love and adore Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat because it has multiple textures for cleaning both eye and face brushes. It also has suction cups on the backside so it has secure placement on my sink – it will not move and stays put throughout the whole brush-cleaning ritual) – (you can use MARINA10 for 10% off your purchase at


  1. put a small amount of baby soap (or a brush cleanser) in a small dish or a plate
  2. add water
  3. soak the brush bristles in the mixture
  4. swirl
  5. put a brush on a cleansing mat (or your palm)
  6. gently massage the tips of the bristles on the mat (or your palm)
  7. rinse (the bristles only!) in a lukewarm water. Do not wash your brushes in the hot water! Also, do not let water soak the whole brush.
  8. Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel
  9. Reshape the brush head
  10. Let the brush dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter, thereby allowing it to dry in the correct shape. I turn my brushes a few times – it helps them remain in their original shape.


How often should I clean my brushes?

If it is a foundation brush or a concealer brush, then I would recommend (at minimum) once a week. And in between, maybe spot cleaning is not a bad idea. Spot cleaning is when you clean a visible spot rather than washing the entire brush like described above. I love and use the MAC Cosmetics brush cleaner for spot cleansing.

Other brushes you can clean 2 times a month.

I personally deep clean all my brushes once a week.

I hope that this post was helpful. I would love to know, how do you clean your make-up brushes and how often do you clean them?



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  • Reply
    January 28, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    I love that cleansing mat. I have a similar one and it has made cleaning my brushes so much easier! I try to clean my brushes once a week but I sometimes get lazy! I know I have to work on that as bacteria can def build up!

    • Reply
      January 28, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      Tracy, this cleansing mat is such a game changer for me! Before, I have cleaned my brushes without it, then I purchased one mini from eBay and it was ok. But this one is more flexible, it has suction cups to stay put, it is bigger and has more patterns (for different brush types). As you mentioned, it just makes cleaning so much easier.

  • Reply
    February 1, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    I love to clean my brushes, I aim to do it once a week. It’s nice when you have clean brushes to work with, especially foundation brushes, everything needs to be clean!


    • Reply
      February 9, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Me too. I clean my brushes once a week – especially the foundation ones.

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