Every morning when I use my makeup brushes I think to myself, I really need to clean these. I would say that I probably go every two weeks without cleaning them, because lets face it, who remembers or has time. So that being said, tonight I was enjoying my second glass of wine, re-watching Pretty Little Liars, and I remembered that I wanted to clean my brushes. When I first started cleaning them I looked online and found all these crazy weird ways to clean makeup brushes. Until I found (on Pinterest) a quick way to clean your brush with shampoo.

We all have shampoo (I hope) so it seemed like the quickest way. Ever since then I have been cleaning my brushes the same way.

Step 1. 

Take a small bowl, fill with warm water, add shampoo, and stir.

any shampoo will work
any shampoo will work

Step 2. 

Put brushes in and let soak for a minute.

let brushes soak
let brushes soak

Step 3. 

Stir brushes around and you will see the residue coming off (it’s kinda gross).


Step 4. 

Rinse brushes with warm water, re-fluff, and lay flat to dry on a towel.

Really easy, right? This has been my go-to for quite some time now and just need to remember to do it more often! What tips and advice for cleaning brushes do you have? Tell us in the comments below!


xoxo Lindsay

30 Comments on How to Clean your Makeup Brushes {easily}

  1. Lindsay
    February 25, 2015 at 11:12 am (3 years ago)

    I’ve done this for YEARS, it’s so simple and you don’t have to run out and buy special cleaning product especially for it. 🙂

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  2. paintbrushmom
    February 25, 2015 at 11:33 am (3 years ago)

    wow, i never though about using shampoo to clean my makeup brushes with

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  3. Tyler Hope
    February 25, 2015 at 12:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Isn’t it silly how easy it is to clean makeup brushes, yet I honestly don’t remember the last time I did it? Thanks for the tips!

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  4. Julie S.
    February 25, 2015 at 1:27 pm (3 years ago)

    This is great! I have also had good luck with a drop of dawn dish soap.

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  5. LazyHomemaker
    February 25, 2015 at 2:21 pm (3 years ago)

    I VERY rarely use makeup brushes. If I wear makeup it’s normally just a bit of lip gloss, eyeliner and mascara. But this is good to know because there is that rare occassion

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  6. torrs13
    February 25, 2015 at 4:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Love how this takes no time at all! I should definitely do this soon… although I only use one brush since I don’t really wear much besides tinted moisturizer and powder!

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  7. Molly
    February 26, 2015 at 12:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m so bad at cleaning my brushes! This looks like a really simple way to do it, but make sure not to leave the brushes in the water for too long! It can damage them if you do.


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  8. heckyeshotmess
    February 26, 2015 at 7:59 pm (3 years ago)

    I have said this soo many times! And recently pinned this! I must do this! I should do this now while it’s on my mind or I will forget AGAIN!

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  9. glamourousguide
    February 26, 2015 at 8:53 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m so bad at cleaning my brushes but when I do, I use shampoo as well! It’s a great feeling to use clean brushes on your face. I can’t believe I don’t do it more regularly lol

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    • Lindsay Carreiro
      February 26, 2015 at 8:59 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s borderline embarrassing that we don’t clean them enough! When I start to break out on my chin I know it’s time to wash!

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  10. Selma
    February 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm (3 years ago)

    I usually just use regular hand soap, sometimes shampoo. It’s so easy and important. I know so many people out there that don’t clean their brushes at all and it’s just gross. They then wonder why they break out all the time. Hmmm. Every two weeks {depending on how often I use the brushes/make-up} is my brush ritual day. 😉

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  11. Ashley Gabrielle
    February 28, 2015 at 6:28 pm (3 years ago)

    This makes so much sense, I don’t know why I haven’t done it before! Speaking of, I totally need to clean my brushes…it’s been a little too long.
    Thanks for the tip!

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  12. boil0073
    March 2, 2015 at 11:27 am (3 years ago)

    I usually drop a dab of shampoo on them and make circles in my hand, it gets all the gunk from inside the bristles. I do them every couple months, when I start to feel like its making my skin worse.

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  13. Keri
    February 4, 2016 at 1:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Quick question: Does it matter what kind of shampoo you use, or will any brand do to trick? I have super sensitive skin so I need to be careful! Thanks so much for your help! Great post! x

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    • Lindsay Carreiro
      February 5, 2016 at 10:35 am (2 years ago)

      I use a sulfate free shampoo, so that would probably work best. I have super sensitive skin too

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