How I Clean my Makeup Brushes

Am I the only one who doesn’t own a fancy makeup brush cleaner? And never has? I also don’t clean my brushes as often as recommended by the professionals, but my face tends to stay decently clear. (If y’all would be interested in a skin care routine, let me know in the comments!)

Ever since I started wearing makeup I’ve used this super easy method to clean my brushes. It’s quick, cheap, and efficient!

What You’ll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Olive oil
  • A small dish
  • A hand towel or wash cloth

1. Wet your brushes

Take your makeup brushes and wet them under the running sink water. I personally like to start off with my foundation/larger face brushes because they tend to take longer to clean. Make sure you dampen all of the bristles.

2. Mix 2 parts dish soap with 1 part olive oil in a small dish

In a 2:1 ratio, add the dish soap and olive oil in a small dish. I just use a plastic Tupperware container or whatever else I can find.

3. Swirl your brush in the mixture

Make sure you completely coat the bristles in the mixture! Use your fingers to massage the soap and oil into the brush.

4. Rinse the mixture out of your brushes

Under the sink water, clean and massage the bristles until the brush is completely rid of all of the soap, oil, makeup, etc. Do this until the stream of water is completely clear. (If your brush is super dirty, you might need to soak them in the mixture and rinse them a few times until the brush is clean.)

5. Dry the brushes

Dab the brushes with a clean wash cloth or towel and then lay them out flat to dry. I always make sure the bristles are shaped correctly so they don’t dry wonky. I usually leave them out to dry overnight.

How I Clean my Beauty Blender/Sponge

One of my favorite tools is my makeup sponge. I use it like crazy— therefore it gets really dirty really fast. These sponges hold onto more product than typical makeup brushes do, so it’s very important to clean them regularly and thoroughly.

I’ve found the best way to clean my makeup sponge is to microwave it. Yes— you read that right.

What You’ll Need

  • Reusable cup
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Microwave

1. Create a soapy cup of water

In a cup, mix some water and soap (I just use dish soap) and drop your sponge into it. Make sure the sponge is completely submersed into the soapy water. It shouldn’t float on top.

2. Microwave the sponge for 1 minute

Put the cup in the microwave for 1 minute.


This is the most important step. DO NOT — I repeat — DO NOT touch the water or sponge until it has completely cooled off. Microwaving the sponge makes it very, very hot because it holds onto the water. Do not make the same mistake I did the first time I did this and immediately grab the sponge. I burnt the crap out of myself. I literally let the sponge sit in the water for at least 30 minutes before I take it out.

4. Squeeze the water out

Once it has cooled off, take the sponge out of the cup and squeeze the excess water and soap out. I like to run it under cool water while I do this. Keep squeezing until all of the soap is gone.

5. Enjoy your clean tools!!!

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