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June 29, 2014

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes the Natural Way


I don’t remember the last time I actually washed my makeup brushes. I know, I know! It’s totally gross, but washing brushes always get trumped by more important things, like catching up on Orange Is the new Black or painting my nails. But after battling some not-so-pretty adult acne and noticing that my brushes were turning pretty icky, I figured it was time to give them a much deserved day at the spa! Turns out, washing makeup brushes the all-natural way is easy peasy, and you already have everything you’ll need in your kitchen cabinets. Here’s a quick and easy recipe I recently perfected to keep brushes squeaky clean.

What you’ll need:
1 part all natural dish-washing liquid (I used Mrs. Meyers in Basil)
1 part organic olive oil
Note: if you have oily skin, I’d recommend 2 dish-washing liquid + 1 part organic olive oil

1. Mix together your soap & olive oil on a plate or ramekin.
2. Apply the mixture evenly to your brush, spinning each side around the plate. You’ll begin to see makeup and other debris start to fall away from your brush (prepare get a little grossed out…)
3. Work through the brush with your fingers to ensure all bristles are all getting equal love. Rinse off the soapy solution under cold water with the brush pointed down, gently squeezing out excess water.
4. Lay brushes flat or at an angle to air-dry so moisture doesn’t break down the base of the brush.

That’s it! Any other DIY makeup brush cleaning recipes you’d like to share? We’re all ears!

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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