Thursday, April 4, 2013

SPD - Brush Cleaning Tutorial

Being a red head is not all rainbows and butterflies. I am not one of those girls who can pinch her cheeks, throw on some mascara and be out the door with a natural look. Oh no sir, I have to go through the whole nine yards of applying makeup every single day.

Because of that, my makeup brushes get GROSS! If you don't think they look bad here, wait to you see what they look like when they are clean!

I am way beyond delinquent in cleaning my brushes but after reading blog post after blog post on the importance of cleaning your brushes, I finally decided to jump on that bandwagon and see if it makes a difference.
I know there are a ton of brush cleaner sprays and products out there, but I figured there had to be a cheaper way to get this chore done. So, for this week's edition of "Saw it. Pinned it. Did it.", I am going to show you how to clean your brushes using 3 simple ingredients you are bound to have in your home (original tutorial)

What you'll need:
1tbs of white vinegar
1tbs of dish washing detergent
1 cup of water

Mix all three ingredients into a clear bowl

Simply wet each brush you are about to clean and then dip and swish around in the cleaning solution until no more makeup comes off. For my super dirty brushes, I freshened the solution to make sure they were getting clean. Then I rinsed them in water to make sure no more makeup was coming off.

Simply lay them out to dry overnight and you will be amazed as to not only how clean they are but how soft they become! You should clean your brushes once a month to help with breakouts and the life of your brushes. Just be sure to not clean them too often or the life of the brush will shorten. (It's a fine line).

Hope this helps and motivates you to clean those nasty brushes. Trust me, it will feel sooooo good! Consider it your first spring cleaning project!

Linking up with Stephanie @ Beautiful Mess and Katie @Keep Calm & Carry On for SPD!


  1. Thanks for this great tip! I think it will be the first thing on my spring cleaning list. Stopping by from the linkup :)

  2. I need to wash my brushes WAY more often. :( They are sad. haha. They look so nice after!!

    thank you for linking up with us!

  3. I am pinning this for sure! I need to start cleaning my brushes! Glad to have found your blog form the link up!

    xoxo, Lindsay

  4. Love this pin! I need to pin it and share it with my sister. No need to buy expensive brush cleaners anymore! Stopping by from SPD linkup.

    Adventures of a Semper Fi Family

  5. I was JUST looking for an inexpensive way to do this as part of my spring cleaning/moving! Thanks!!

  6. I have been looking for ways to clean my brushes. I was half tempted to buy new ones, but they're just so expensive! Thanks for sharing :) Newest follower here and Disney lover!!

  7. So, I have tried so many different variations of at home cleaning for makeup brushes, and this one is by far the best. Thanks for finding it!