Cleaning makeup brushes

Let’s be serious, cleaning make up brushes and beauty blenders are most girls pet hate. It is so important to do though as it prevents horrible bacteria growing on our brushes and inside our sponge. The is the second post about cleaning my makeup tools. If you haven’t seen my Beauty Blender cleaning routine make sure you check it out!


If I don’t have time to deep clean my makeup brushes I like to use Shadow Switch if you read my review you’ll know how much I fell in love with it. Shadow Switch is a dry brush cleanser and is such a handy tool to have. The little sponge takes powder product off your makeup brushes meaning you can swap between eyeshadow colours or highlighters, blushes and bronzers without having to properly wash your brushes and wait forever for them to dry!


To deep clean my brushes I use Johnsons baby shampoo, it’s extremely gentle so won’t strip my brushes or cause my beautiful Spectrum Brushes to loose their colour. I start by filling my sink with warm water and holding a few brushes in the water making sure that only the bristles are wet and not the handles or the metal piece that joins the bristles to handles. This metal piece is where the glue is and if it gets damp or warm it will melt and your gorgeous makeup brushes will fall apart! I then put about an 5p piece size of shampoo onto the brush and rub it around on the little pink tool above (it’s called a brush egg!) For face brushes I use the long flat bristles and for eye shadow brushes I use the smaller circular bristles at the top. This wee egg really helps to get all the powder/cream out of my brushes without damaging the bristles. It also makes cleaning much quicker! I rinse off the shampoo and run the brush under the cold water. It’s important to gently ring out the bristles, gentle being the important word though as you don’t want to cause damage! Finally I buff the brush on a clean towel meaning the bristles settle in their natural shapes and leave them on a window sill with the bristles hanging over the edge so they can dry properly the whole way round the brush head.


I would like to say I deep clean my brushes every week but let’s be serious, we’re all busy people and don’t always have time for that! So I make sure to wash my powder, bronzer, highlighter and blush brush every Sunday morning (as I use them almost every day!) but my other brushes which aren’t used everyday I’d say to wash them every two or so weeks depending on how much use they’ve had.

Do you have a routine for cleaning your brushes? Don’t forget to check out my post on how to clean your Beauty Blender!

PaleGirlRambling xo


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  1. May 8, 2017 / 9:10 am

    The shadow switch sounds amazing will definitely check it out! Thnx for this 😊

  2. Yiota
    May 8, 2017 / 11:07 am

    I usually wash my brushes every 2 weeks and I use a mild shampoo or a soft face cleanser and both products do an amazing job. It is so satisfying to wash my brushes, I really love the process!!


  3. May 8, 2017 / 11:11 am

    I have one of those little brush egg things and oh my god do I swear by it! I use shampoo to clean mine, I haven’t tried this before so maybe I should try it out!! xxx

  4. May 8, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    I looooove using johnsons to clean my brushes it’s so gentle and does such a good job! I try and do a big clean every week or two but it’s so tedious.

    As always really impressive photography! Giving me so much inspo.

    Laura xo

  5. May 8, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    The shadow switch sounds like something I definitely need to pick up, especially now I’ve been getting in to brighter eyeshadows. I also tend to use baby shampoo to wash my brushes.

    Kristy |

  6. May 8, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    A friend and I were literally just chatting about how to clean our brushes this morning! She puts hers in the dishwasher! I like the idea of baby shampoo, though.


  7. May 8, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Ah that’s such a good routine! For mine I use a little bit of micellar water if the brush has not been cleaned in a while, then gentle face wash! But I might start using the shampoo since it’s worked so well for you 🙂

  8. May 8, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    Cleaning brushes is a nightmare. I actually won the shadow switch in their giveaway and haven’t tried it yet but i’m excited to! X

  9. May 8, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    I really need to invest in a little took to help me wash my brushes, I use shampoo and swirl around which does work well however I think a took would do an even better job!!

    Sarah | xx

  10. May 8, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    I absolutely loved this post! I also use baby shampoo for my makeup brushes and it does the job perfectly. I love your pictures so much by the way and your background for the photos is absolutely gorgeous. <3
    -Olivia Xxx

  11. May 8, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    I shall have to invest! My brushes get dirty, and I never know how to clean them. Thanks for posting!

  12. May 8, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    I need to clean my brushes and so will definetely be using this tip! Am very intrigued by that dry brush cleaner too it looks so good!!xx

  13. May 8, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Cleaning my makeup brushes is always something I just forget to do. I used to use Johnsons baby shampoo when I was a little girl. Definitely going to try and usi it to wash my brushes. xo

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  14. May 8, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Shadowswitch sounds amazing, I’m one of those people who’s super lazy with cleaning brushes but this post definitely makes me want to get a routine going. Thanks for sharing your tips!

    – Ruminvte xo

  15. May 8, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    I agree entirely – cleaning my makeup brushes definitely ranks up there as something I dislike doing! I also use baby shampoo but the little egg tool you have there intrigues me!

    Britt |

  16. May 8, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    I use baby shampoo too, I just feel like it makes them so much softer! I honestly can’t remember the last time I cleaned my brushes which is awful – I need a routine!
    Claire xo

  17. May 8, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    So glad I came across this article! Thanks so much for sharing your tips, I will definitely use them! I’ve been looking for different ways to clean my make up brushes for ages! Great post! 🙂

  18. May 8, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    Hi, I think I may have to try Johsons to clean my brushes as its very gentle. Great idea. Thanks for sharing, Chloe #TeacupClub

  19. May 8, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    I see you with the Spectrum brushes! I have some too! I have a brush cleaner mat I use, and it is a life saver! It makes my brushes look practically new again. I can’t imagine not cleaning my brushes now that I have a white set. I can see how dirty they get! Xx

    Breanna Catharina

  20. May 8, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    I don’t wash my brushes half as much as I really should, I love the shadow switch, and I think I really need to get one. Great post.

  21. May 8, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    lol I’m glad you actually reminded me I was supposed to do it yesterday 🤣 I use bareminerals conditioning shampoo and a Real Techniques washing board.

  22. I don’t use much makeup hence I don’t really need to clean brushes I don’t use but Kirsty has the shadow switch and really love it! sounds like a great tool! xx corinne

  23. May 8, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    The shadow switch sounds amazing and super handy for when there isn’t time to fully clean your brushes! Might have to get one myself. X


  24. May 8, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    I feel sooo stupid reading this and not realising that putting all my brushes under water would melt the glue and they’d fall apart. 🙈 Good post 😊 X

  25. May 9, 2017 / 6:28 am

    I really like using Baby Shampoo for cleaning my brushes too.. it cleans them so well and smells great too! I really want to try out the Shadow Switch atm I just use the back of my hand to clean my blending brush when I use a couple of colours in a makeup look haha


  26. May 9, 2017 / 7:29 am

    Yes! I love using Johnsons baby shampoo to clean my brushes!! So inexpensive but so effective! Great post 😘

  27. May 9, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Where did you get your brush egg? It sounds like such a lifesaver! I’ve been so lazy with cleaning my brushes recently it’s so disgusting though! xo

  28. May 9, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Really great tips! I haven’t thought about using baby shampoo for cleaning brushes, but I will give it a try. I do believe it’s more gentle as opposed to other shampoos or cleaning products. Shadow switch sounds great, too!

    Aria x |

  29. May 9, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Well I definitely have a lot of baby shampoo lying around! I definitely don’t clean my brushes enough, thank you for this, I shall try out your method!
    Hels x

  30. May 9, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    I do the exact same routine except I don’t have a brush egg (super cool idea btw!) I just use my hand. I usually wash the brushes that I use for my face the most!

    (I replied to your comment on my blog xx)
    -Sophie | Cherries & Perfume ♡

  31. Tasha louise
    May 12, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    I also use baby shampoo to clean my brushes, I just got one of those egg cleaning things so looking forward to trying it out xx

  32. June 16, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    This reminds me to clean mine this evening! You’re much more organised than me to do yours every sunday morning, i do mine as and when i remember – and sprits with brush cleanser most of the time *gah!

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