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Cleaning Your Make-Up Brushes

First of September, first day of term and the first day of my new diet. Well, not a ‘diet’ per se but after an indulgent summer I am trying to cut out the rubbish and make myself really tasty and healthy lunches to take in to work. It was my first day back at school for a training day today and I have to say I am totally shattered. I’m off to Pilates in a bit and I am hoping I don’t nod off when we do our relaxation breathing on the mats!

I promise this isn’t going to be a preachy post on cleaning your make-up brushes because until a few years ago I had no idea washing your brushes was even a thing.

However, it really made sense when I thought about it – why spend all that money on good brushes, skin care products and lovely make-up to then apply it with brushes full of old make-up, oil, dirt and germs?

Now, I try and do it on a weekly basis and today I am sharing the way I do it and two products that help me keep my brushes clean.


My first product is a relatively new one but I have used this Dr Bronner Magic Soap a few times and I am a convert. I use this as a ‘shampoo’ for my brushes and I know the anti-bacterial qualities will leave them clean and the rose scent makes them smell lovely. They dry really soft too – I have used washing up liquid in the past and some brushes have dried a little ‘crunchy’.


Next, the Daily Make-Up Brush Cleaner from Sephora. I picked this spray up in America after reading lots of positive reviews about it and as long as I’m not in too much of a rush, I use it daily.


I really like the fact that this is in a spray bottle as it means it is so quick and easy to use. You can either spritz this directly onto the brush and let it dry naturally or spray onto a clean face cloth or tissue then run the brush over it.

To do a ‘proper’ clean of my make-up tools, I grabbed my brushes to be cleaned, a towel and my Dr Bronner and headed to the bathroom.

Begin by wetting the brush head under warm water. I usually keep my brushes facing downwards to avoid too much liquid running back into the brush where it may loosen the glue.


Then I pour a few drops of soap in my hand and rub the brush in a circular motion against my palm, rinsing it under a running tap continuously until it runs clear.


You will be surprised by how much product is left in your brushes!


Once the brush is clean, I give it a gentle rub with a clean towel then leave to dry naturally.

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And that’s that job out of the way for another week!




About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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