Clean those brushes. Why? because they harbour more bacteria than a toilet

I don’t think people realise the importance of cleaning brushes. We think the bacteria on the brushes belongs to us and is therefore ok. I’m afraid it is not.  Imagine your foundation mixed in with your dry skin mixed on a brush used every day and not cleaned. The bacteria grows and grows and grows.

You could get a staph infection. “Through daily use, makeup brushes can accumulate dead skin cells, dirt, oil, pollution, and bacteria,” says Dr. Debbie Palmer, dermatologist and co-founder of Dermatology Associates of New York. “These includes staphylococcus, streptococcus, and e coli, fungus, and viruses.”

I think people worry how to clean and whether they will damage the brush. What are the right tools for the job? what do you clean with? how often should you clean?  Today I’ll answer your questions and you can rinse those germs away.

What can we clean our brushes with??

I find that a cleaning pad or mitt is a great way to get deep into the bristles.  Below are a few I have found on Amazon that are a good price and will effectively do the job.

Above are generic pads which are perfectly fine. Ranging from £3.29 it is a really good price and will last a good while.

If you prefer a named brand then I would recommend the Sigma cleaning matt or glove. Slightly more expensive but the research has been done into the the right texture for cleaning.

I found this really cool. So if you can’t afford to buy any of the ones on Amazon and you happen to have a large plastic lid and glue you can make one.


So what products can you use to clean the brushes?  What you have to remember is your skin type. If you start using baby shampoo or washing up liquid, then yes your brushes are clean but will this irritate your skin if sensitive or prone to spots? If you feel you are happy to use anything then try using baby shampoo or aloe washing up liquid. For a really deep clean add a bit of olive oil and watch the dirt come from deep inside the brush. Here are a few brush cleaning formulas that are great to tackle even the dirtiest brush.

I hope this gives you a light look at how to care for your brushes. If you look after them then they will last a long while, plus you will keep your skin free from bacteria.

Love Samantha

Shades of Makeup x



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