How I Wash My Make-up Brushes.

Washing Your Make-up Brushes.

I know I speak for anyone that uses makeup brushes –  wash day is not one we look forward to. Washing your brushes can take a great chunk of time out of your day, especially if you are trying to wash all of them in one setting. For me, I like to wash my brushes once a month and use a spray cleanser in between wash days. Once upon time my wash days consisted of hand soap, lukewarm water, towel and the palm of my hands, I have since tweaked my routine as you’ll see below.

The line-up

  • Dial Oil Free Acne Control Face Wash
  • Silicone Pot Holder
  • Towel
  • Rubber bands
  • Towel bar
  • Time
  • Dirty Brushes

I start by wetting my brush and adding a small amount of soap

Washing Your Make-up Brushes.

 I then rub it against the silicone mat, paying attention to the shape of the brush. If the brush is domed or round in shape, they should be washed in a swirl motion, if the are flat shaped, they should be dragged. Working against the shape of the brush can distort the shape of your brush and damage bristle which could result in messy makeup application.



Washing Your Make-up Brushes.


Washing Your Make-up Brushes.


Washing Your Make-up Brushes.


Washing Your Make-up Brushes.


Washing Your Make-up Brushes.

I like to lay each brush flat on on a towel until I’m done washing all.


Washing Your Make-up Brushes.


Now prior to this new found drying technique, I used to dry my brushes on an incline, using a small towel rolled up and placed behind the handles, so that the bristles are facing down.

This new method allows them to be completely facing downwards ensuring that no water is dipping into the handles, which can cause the handle to come loose.

To hang brushes, hold the rubber band behind the bar and then pull both end to the front of the bar and place the brush handle in outstretched rubber band then let go to secure brush. For smaller ones, double the rubber band.


Washing Your Make-up Brushes.


Washing Your Make-up Brushes.


Washing Your Make-up Brushes.


Washing Your Make-up Brushes.

**Before hanging, you can rid your brushes of excess water by squeezing brushes into a paper towel or micro fiber makeup rag.


Tips and Tricks

  • Keep brush soft by massaging a tad bit of conditioner into bristles, rinse with warm water before drying.
  • Clean handles by disinfecting with alcohol and cotton pad
  • Preserve the names and model numbers of your brushes by applying clear polish over any identifying text.
  • In between deep cleaning sanitize brushes by spraying them with alcohol and wiping off in a paper towel.


~Christal M.


  1. Sashi_Bashii
    August 31, 2016 / 8:35 am

    I like the hanging idea/trick.. I will definitely try that and the finger brush egg is too kool.

    • August 31, 2016 / 10:08 am

      Let me know how it works for you. You can get the egg on

  2. August 31, 2016 / 8:44 am

    I only use a few (count: 3) makeup brushes but I am admittedly terrible at washing them. I truly need to do better. I love your routine and the hanging idea. The pictures truly help.

    • August 31, 2016 / 11:45 am

      Washing brushes are a pain…..and with over 30 brush just the thought of wash day makes me anxious. I’m glad this post helps, let me know how it goes.

    • August 31, 2016 / 11:50 am

      Give it a try and let me know how it goes. ?

  3. August 31, 2016 / 10:16 am

    I really need to wash mine! I like how you dry yours!

    • August 31, 2016 / 11:53 am

      This way of drying allows for the water to drain down and not into the brush handle, which can end up ruining your brushes

  4. August 31, 2016 / 11:22 am

    I REALLY need to do this. I’ve been legit clueless when it comes to washing my brushes out. That rubber band trick is pretty fantastic <3

    • August 31, 2016 / 11:47 am

      I was so excited when I discovered the rubber band tip.

  5. August 31, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    You are amazing! I’ve been wondering how to do this, but I never think about it when I’ve got the chance to look it up. I’m so glad I found your post today! Thanks! I’ll be pinning this so I can come back to it later. 🙂

    • August 31, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      I’m glad this was right on time for you.

  6. August 31, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    I am soo horrible at washing my brushes. These are great tips, especially the hanging of the brushes. Will try to do that this weekend! Thanks for the tip!

    • September 1, 2016 / 1:35 pm

      I’m glad these tips are so helpful. I will be washing my brushessay this weekend as well. Both looking forward to it

  7. August 31, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    I am soo bad at cleaning my brushes. What great tips! Especially how you dry them. I will dry them like this the next time I clean my brushes. Thanks for the tips!

    • September 1, 2016 / 1:43 pm

      I’m glad these tips are handy.

  8. August 31, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    I have the same brush egg and love it! The idea to hang your brushes with the rubber bands is so creative!

    • September 1, 2016 / 3:04 pm

      Its pretty cool, I find that the brush egg works best with my medium brushes.

  9. September 1, 2016 / 12:01 am

    Oh my goodness. I really should start washing my brushes. I never do lol!!

    • September 1, 2016 / 1:28 pm

      Lol it is a hassle, but washing your brushes will make them last longer, work better, and also better for the health of your skin.

  10. September 1, 2016 / 8:12 am

    You mean I don’t have to purchase those expensive brush cleaners. Trying this.

    • September 1, 2016 / 1:27 pm

      You do not……they are all material from similar if not the same silicone material.

  11. September 1, 2016 / 9:40 am

    I need to try some of these tips! I’m always looking for new ideas of how to wash my brushes better!

    • September 1, 2016 / 1:26 pm

      Yes definitely…..and you have some tips of your own please share.

    • September 1, 2016 / 1:40 pm

      This method of drying is better for the brushes. If you notice all the drying rack on the market have the brushes facing down, only difference is that this method only cost maybe $2.99 vs $39 for a sigma rack.

  12. Tamara
    September 1, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    Drying them like that is so smart!

  13. September 1, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    Wow this is really helpful! I haven’t been the best at cleaning my brushes, thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • September 2, 2016 / 8:33 am

      We all need reminders about washing brushes since it’s not the most fun thing to do lol.

  14. September 1, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your routine. Washing makeup brushes is so so sooooo important, and I really don’t think it’s talked about enough. I recently watched a video that tested for bacteria on some makeup brushes. They ended up finding several strains of staph, and even meningitis. Gross! I am absolutely loving the rubber band trick. Thanks for sharing <3

    • September 2, 2016 / 8:40 am

      Gross! Just the thought makes me even more eager to wash my brushes tomorrow lol

  15. September 3, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    Thank you for this! It’s easy to forget to do this but so important. I just did it, but will use your tips next time!

    • September 4, 2016 / 3:11 pm

      This is a very tedious task that often goes undone or in my case keeps getting pushed to next week, but it is very important and one that shouldn’t be skipped.

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