How I Clean my Makeup Brushes

My makeup brushes have needed a serious cleaning lately. I never realized just how important this was until last summer, when I really started to enjoy learning about makeup. I found a great way to clean them through Michelle Phan’s book, so this is her technique, I can’t take credit for it. It really gets all the old makeup and bacteria out of your brushes and conditions them at the same time. Your brushes should be treated like actual hair, since a lot of them are. So let’s get right on into the steps:


  • A bowl
  • Antibacterial dish soap (I usually buy the Dawn brand)
  • Olive Oil
  • Water
  • A towel

1. Start by pouring some of the dish soap into a bowl (about the size of an orange). This will work to clean your brush. Then pour in some of the olive oil (about 1/3 of the amount you used for the soap or the size of a quarter). The olive oil will condition your brushes. Lastly, add in a tiny bit of water.


2. Dip your brush into the solution. Swirl the brush around in the palm of your hand to scrub out bacteria and makeup. Run the brush under a faucet when it gets too sudsy. Make sure to keep the brush angled down so water doesn’t get inside the brush where it is held together. (Also, be sure to use COLD water, to prevent your brushes from falling apart from any heat). When running it under the water, squeeze out any soap that is left inside. Repeat this cleaning process if needed. I usually tend to repeat this process about twice with each brush.


3. Lay out a towel. This will be used to dry your brushes. Lay them all out on the towel once they’re all clean. I like to clean my brushes more during the evening or nighttime so they have the entire night to dry (they will definitely need that many hours). Fold over the towel so your brushes are covered and free from anything getting onto them. After this, you’re done! Clean brushes and way healthier for your skin.

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I use this process for my Beauty Blender as well. This takes longer to clean since its so absorbent. I also use it for any makeup pads that come with my compacts. Works very well for these too! I hope this helped you guys, keeping your brushes free from bacteria is essential to anyone who uses makeup daily! <3


  1. July 12, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    Great post! I really need to try this method. I have been using baby shampoo but this one sounds really good! 🙂 xo

    • July 12, 2015 / 6:45 pm

      thanks so much!! and wow baby shampoo is a great idea too, i’ll try that:)

  2. July 12, 2015 / 11:12 pm

    This is really helpful. I always have trouble cleansing my make-up brushes 😉 Thanks

    • July 12, 2015 / 11:16 pm

      no problem! glad I could help

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