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The Frightening Reasons Why Cleaning Makeup Brushes Is A Must

Hold up wait a minute, I’ll be the first to admit it… Cleaning makeup brushes is so so so boring zzzzzzz, and such a time-consuming task (yawn). Unfortunately, it’s a necessity in my eyes. Makeup experts say you should go as far as washing your brushes after every application… I mean come on, give a girl a break. I’d say once every week or even stretching to two weeks is pretty reasonable. Let’s get into all the gross reasons why you need to be keeping on top of those brushes. Afterwards, I’ll fill you in on my complete step-by-step method you can use to get your brushes back to their best.

We use our makeup brushes pretty much every day. Over time, the brushes will inevitably build up with filthy harmful bacteria, dirt and makeup product. Of course, having these nasties on our skin isn’t going to end well, you may start breaking out with spots, noticing more blackheads and blocked pores. Your skin can become irritated and you can even pass on viral infections if sharing brushes. Ew! The reason for this is simple, bacteria is breeding in your makeup packed brushes. Then you are transferring it to your face. Going back and forth after each application. Nasty! It’s enough for your skin to cry out for help!

It goes without saying makeup brushes are a safe haven for bacteria. If you aren’t on top of the whole cleaning makeup brushes routine, you will not only risk contaminating your skin, but you will also be spreading bacteria into your gorgeous makeup products too!! Which makes keeping on top of the bacteria, that little bit more tricky. The last thing we want to do is ruin our precious products. It’s not just the icky reasons why you want to be cleaning your brushes. Without maintaining them properly, you would actually be damaging the fine hairs with makeup product build up. This can leave an uneven finish and a blotchy application. Eurgh!

Giving them a good old wash will ensure they last much longer. Besides… those makeup brushes don’t come cheap! My monthly bank balance tells me this loud and clear (still can’t resist a new set of tools). Cleaning your brushes will give them a new lease of life, allowing you to reap the benefits of a FLAWLESS application. Yes that’s right, did someone say ‘selfie-ready’!


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Hopefully, you’re all freaked out enough by now and understand why you should be cleaning makeup brushes a little more regularly haha! Let’s work through my step by step guide to achieving fabulous fluffy brushes….

  1. Grab all your makeup brushes and head to the sink.
  2. Firstly dampen your brushes with warm water.
  3. Next, pop some baby shampoo or brush cleanser in the palm of your hand and circle your brush through the product, making sure you reach close to the root of the brush (read B.K tip).
  4. Start adding warm water, allowing it to run through the brush and repeat circles.
  5. Massage the remaining product from the brush until the water runs clear.
  6. Squeeze out the excess water and lay your brushes flat on a towel to dry overnight.

Beauty Kingdom TIP: When cleaning makeup brushes always hold them face down, avoiding the metal casing, as wetting the base of the brush can cause damage to the glue which holds the bristles in place. 

Ta-da! Check you out with your brushes looking brand spanking new! Unfortunately, those stunning clean brushes, take quite a while to dry! It is very tempting to grab your hair dryer to speed up the process. However, please be careful too much heat will encourage the glue that holds the bristles together to melt. I try to schedule my brush cleaning to a no-makeup-day. This way they will have plenty of time to dry naturally and makes the already painful task a little less stressful.

However, if you’re reading this while cleaning your makeup brushes, then while they dry you could have a read of another blog post I think you would love. ‘The Real Truth About Makeup Expiry Dates‘ This post is packed full of useful information about makeup and skincare, that you may not already know!

Now you’ve got all the reasons you need to keep your makeup brushes clean and bacteria free. You can thank me later for the bomb selfies you’ll be taking after you’ve played with your squeaky clean brushes! Let me know in the comments below how often you have honestly been cleaning your makeup brushes? We can give ourselves a slap on the wrist together haha!


Lots of Love… Roxanne x


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  • Reply
    January 24, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    I first came across a brilliant way of cleaning on the Spectrum website . The solid soap which is vegan friendly and their brush cleaner pad. The grooves that stand up opens the bristles when you clean . Just wet brush , swirl around the solid cleaner , then brush around on the pad . Gives a wonderful finish ! This reminds me I’m running out though & must purchase more cleaner lol. Great explanation on why we must clean them .

    • Reply
      January 24, 2018 at 9:16 pm

      Oooo that sounds like a brilliant method, I’ll check that out! I actually need to wash mine this evening! I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 Roxanne x

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    January 25, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    I think cleaning brushes is a must, but I always hate doing it. But once you’ve started it becomes fun! But completely agree that it has to be done, the thought of the bacteria scares me lol.

    Jacqui xxx

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      January 25, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      It’s so important but I think most people don’t like doing it. It feels so good afterwards though! 🙂 Roxanne xxx

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    Melissa Wisnewski
    January 26, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Unfortunately, I do not clean my brushes as often I should.. But after hearing about it can cause blackheads, which I struggle with, I’ll now be cleaning my brushes every week!

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    February 3, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    I love cleaning my brushes but hate it at the same time since I can’t use them while they are wet! 1st works problems

    • Reply
      February 3, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      I know the feeling! I always try to wash them after I’ve done my makeup so I have a good 24hours for them to dry haha!

      Roxanne x

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    February 6, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    I remember there was a point where I never used to clean my brushes and now that I think about it, it makes me cringe! I can’t go without washing my brushes at least once a week now. Such a great post, Roxanne 🙂

    Fatima xx

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      February 6, 2018 at 11:36 pm

      Ahhh you are so good doing them once a week! Omg tell me about it, I never used to clean mine years ago because I didn’t know!
      Thanks so much hun, speak soon.

      Roxanne xx

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    March 6, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    This is a really interesting and helpful post! I never clean my brushes – uh oh! The photos on here are great as well.

    Thanks for sharing,

    • Reply
      March 10, 2018 at 8:36 am

      Thanks so much Charlotte. Uhoh haha! Give it a try and you will definitely notice your makeup applying better!

      Roxanne x

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    March 6, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I like really need to start washing my make-up brushes ASAP.

    • Reply
      March 10, 2018 at 8:37 am

      Go for it Rosa. You will notice a difference in your makeup immediately and in your skin in a few weeks! Thanks for your comment.

      Roxanne x

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    March 24, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    I love this post so much! Admittedly I wash my brushes every fortnight but after reading this I’m going to make it a weekly routine! ? xx

    • Reply
      March 24, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      Hey Lucy! Fortnightly is much better than what some others have said haha. I think if you start to do it weekly you will see some more benefits 🙂 Thanks for commenting hun.

      Roxanne x

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