How To Deep Clean Makeup Brushes

Ahh… clean makeup brushes. Fluffly, nice-smelling, clean makeup brushes. Don’t you just wish you could have clean makeup brushes every day? Well, technically, you can. The not-so-fun part? Actually standing there for an hour cleaning them. Okay, some might argue (some as in me) that it’s not all bad. To be exact, the text I sent my boyfriend was “I just worked out my arm and legs, standing there cleaning my brushes”. Fair enough. What about the expensive as heck brush cleansers and tools that seem to run out in like, three washes? When there’s a cheaper way to do anything, you can bet I’m in!

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So how do I get from the left to the right in seconds? The brush on the left doesn’t look so bad, though? But that’s only because it’s a blush brush. In reality, it’s disgusting. Anyway, I found a very effective brush cleanser that’s super cheap. I also found a dupe for an *ahem* $40 cleansing glove. I used to think that I don’t need any tools to cleanse my brushes, but swirling my brushes on my hand can’t deep clean the bristles enough to remove built-up bacteria.

What You’ll Need


Baby Shampoo

Yes, baby freaking shampoo. I bought this HUGE bottle that is going to last me an entire year or more for RM14, which is around the $3 mark. It doesn’t matter which brand you get, it’s gonna work. I’ve tried Johnson’s Baby Shampoo that’s slightly more pricey and it works the same as this Pureen one I bought. Why baby shampoo, you ask? Why can’t I just use my normal shampoo? So did I. And then I learned the hard way. My normal shampoo was too drying for my brushes and they ended up shedding a little. Baby shampoo is a much gentler alternative, but cleans just as well!

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Makeup Cleansing Tool

Ok, yes, I’m guilty. I’ve tried the $40 Sigma Cleansing Glove.. and I freaking love it. BUT Sigma Beauty’s founders have actually come up with a sister company, Practk, that makes affordable cleansing tools. They sent me their first release, which is the Palmat. It works just as well, and get this.. it’s only $10! Steal! I’ve used this to wash my brushes twice now, and yes, it works just as amazing as the Sigma one. It’s made of silicon, just like the Sigma Gloves, so it dries fast.

You can wear the Palmat on your palm, and it has two sides – a side for face brushes, and one for eye brushes. On each side, there is a “Wash” and a “Refine” area to get your brushes squeaky clean. You don’t get as many “features” as you do from the Sigma one, but it’s more than enough to deep clean your brushes. What’s even cooler about this is that there are suctions on the bottom that you can just suction onto your sink for wrinkly-hand-free (you know what I mean!) washing.

How to Deep Clean Your Brushes

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You can use the Palmat two ways – either worn on your palm, or suctioned onto your sink. To wear it on your palm, there are two adjustable straps at the side. To suction it on your sink, just suction it, lol.

Honestly, it’s so simple. All you have to do is wet your brush, put on some shampoo either on the brush or the mat, and swirl your brush on the “Wash” area of the mat. After swirling and getting all the makeup and dirt out of the brush, just rinse it! After I rinse it, I work it on the “Refine” area of the mat to get the excess water out, and also to reshape it. That’s literally it. I usually do all my face brushes first, then my eye brushes. I don’t have any fancy tools to dry my brushes, so I just lay them on their sides on a towel. Leave them there overnight, and they are squeaky clean the next morning for me to use!

Washing my brushes is something that I absolutely dread. Not washing my brushes regularly is a horrible habit that I have to break because brushes can house so much bacteria and dust. The specks you see on my brushes in the first picture? Dust. Yup. Putting that on the face is like smothering your face with dust. Yuck! So, with the Palmat and baby shampoo, there’s no reason you can’t have clean makeup brushes every week or two. 🙂

If you’ve been wanting to try the Sigma Gloves by don’t have the extra cash to splurge, get the Practk Palmat for a quarter of the price of the Sigma instead. What do you use to wash your brushes? And… how long do you wait to wash your brushes? Let me know in the comments, and lets be guilty of washing it only once every two months together. Haha!

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Thanks for reading, xoxo


*Practk Palmat was sent to me to try out. I didn’t have to write a post, but I genuinely love it for cleaning my brushes, and wanted to share this super affordable product with you guys! As always, my opinion is 100% honest and my own. You can read my full disclosure here.


  1. September 16, 2016 / 8:59 am

    Ah, I definitely need to try this- my makeup brushes are totally disgusting! Will definitely be trying this out soon!


  2. September 16, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    My brushes are honestly long overdue for a scrub. Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. September 16, 2016 / 11:11 pm

    Love how simple this is! Thanks for the reminder to clean my makeup brushes 🙂

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  4. Kristine Circenis
    September 18, 2016 / 4:58 am

    There is something so weirdly satisfying about cleaning my makeup brushes!