How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes With Shampoo

I wear makeup daily and have quite a collection of makeup brushes. Unfortunately I have not been keeping up with the cleaning of those brushes.  I usually just switch back and forth between a few different ones when it comes to applying my makeup. I researched different makeup brush cleaners you can buy but I was more interested in a cheaper method.

clean makeup brushes cheap

I have read a few articles that mention using olive oil, shampoo, vinegar or dishwashing liquid. I decided to go with shampoo. In this month’s Target Beauty Box I received a bottle of Peppermint Tea Tree shampoo. It is a natural clarifying shampoo. I saw this as a perfect opportunity at trying my hand at cleaning my makeup brushes because there was a lot of build up on them.

clean makeup brushes at home

When it comes to anything that comes in contact with your skin, especially your face you want to keep bacteria away. Eden’s Natural Shampoo contains Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint which have disinfecting, natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. That is exactly what I am looking for! I wanted to make sure I was getting rid of the dead skin cells and dirt in addition to makeup in a gentle way.

I started off by rinsing my makeup brush in warm water. This helped to get a good portion of makeup off the bristles. I then squeezed a small amount of shampoo into the palm of my hand. I moved the brush in a circular motion, then back and forth in my hand. I really worked the shampoo into the brush. Then I rinsed it again. I repeated this step as needed. Some brushes needed to go through the process at least four times. Then I used a paper towel to squeeze out as much water as I could. I reshaped them and I laid the brushes on paper plate with the handles raised higher than the bristles.  I let them dry overnight.

It did not take me long to get the hang of cleaning my makeup brushes. Make sure to shampoo and rinse until the water is clear. I did not do that with my not so clean brush after shampooing it a few times. It looked clean at first, but after a much closer look and comparison to another brush I shampooed at 4 times, I could tell the difference.

clean makeup brushes clarifying shampoo

I was very happy with the results. My brushes were no longer stiff and were nice and soft. Plus the shampoo made them smell all minty and clean. I don’t want to let makeup build up that every again and plan on making a habit of cleaning them once a week.

So tell me, how often do you clean your makeup brushes? What do you use to clean them with?


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  • Reply Kristine-Bites of Flavor

    This is great! I love that you can clean your makeup brushes with shampoo rather than buy expensive product. Great tips!

    November 1, 2016 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Darcy L Koch

    I never would have thought to use shampoo to clean my makeup brushes. I’ll have to try it.

    November 15, 2017 at 8:46 am
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