Makeup Brushes and Brush Cleaning Routine 
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With so many makeup brushes on the market it can be stressful when it comes to purchasing the most necessary ones on a student budget. I feel ya! It wasn’t long ago when I was making the exact same decision. So to spare you the painful deliberation and weighing options, I have listed 5 makeup brushes that every woman should have in her makeup bag to achieve precise, immaculate makeup every time. I will also discuss everything about makeup brushes and the brush cleaning routine.

For the Face

  • The Stippling Brush

If you like a light coverage, then the stippling brush is for you. The cone shape bristles make it easy to accomplish airbrushed skin covering any blemishes.

How to Use: Take the brush and work the foundation into the skin by dotting it continuously on the cheeks. Then move onto the chin, forehead, nose and neck doing the same movement.

  • Powder Brush

This brush is the swiss army knife of makeup brushes as it can be used to apply contour and blush too. The fluffiness and the angle of the fibres allows you to move around the nose and under eye area easily.

How to Use: Circle the brush in your powder, then swipe across your T-zone and under your eyes to set and stop shine.

  • Contour Brush

This brush is well needed if you like your cheekbones to be pronounced like Kim Kardashian.

How to Use: Suck in your cheeks and draw a line where your cheeks dip in with the tip of the brush. This will act as your template to make sure they match each side. Apply the contour product into this area then, with slight pressure, blend the harshness out with the body of the brush

For the Eyes

  • Angled Brow Brush

Eyebrows are what frame our faces, so the shape is very important. The short, firm hairs of this tool give you a clean, neat edge to work with when applying product.

How to Use: Dip the brush in your eyebrow pomade. Start in the middle of the brow and apply light pressure pulling out in long strokes. To fill in the brow head, sweep the brush in sharp vertical motions.  Finish off by brushing through some brow gel.

  • Blending Brush

If you like a Smokey Eye like me, then this brush should be top of your list. As the name suggests this brush ‘blends’ the eyeshadows making sure there are no harsh lines and creases.

How to Use: After applying your eyeshadow, starting with the outer corners of the eye, blend and buff the eyeshadow in small circles inwards to create a soft, chic look.

Cleaning your brushes

Cleaning your brushes should be a vital part of your beauty routine to keep those pesky breakouts at bay. You may think cleaning them will be time consuming, but fear not, I have some simple, cheap and easy routines that will make this beauty chore a breeze. Remember to do it regularly, because in the long run, it will save you time and your skin.

Baby Shampoo

This brush cleaner is quick to work, has amazing results and leaves the brushes smelling like a new-born baby (seriously, you won’t stop smelling them!)

  1. Lay your brushes out dirtiest to cleanest. Then run the sink of warm water.
  2. Take a blob of shampoo in your hand and in circles rotate the brush to coax the dirt out.
  3. Rinse the brush in the warm water and watch the dirt flow out.
  4. Reshape the brushes if needed, and leave them to dry overnight.

Here are some more ideas for you to try out, if the baby shampoo isn’t up your street.


For all you coconut oil fans out there, this one is for you! There isn’t much needed except for some vinegar, lemon juice and coconut oil. If you don’t have coconut oil, olive or almond work just as well.

What you need:

  • Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • White Vinegar
  1. Heat the coconut oil for a couple of seconds in the microwave. If you are using olive or almonds oil skip this step.
  2. Fill the sink with warm water.
  3. Put some white vinegar and lemon juice into a pot or bowl.
  4. Pour some oil into your hand and rub the brush in it.
  5. Circle the brush in the palm of your hand for a couple of seconds.
  6. Swish the brush in the warm water to get all the dirt out.
  7. Then dip the brush into a pot of vinegar and lemon juice.
  8. Rinse in the water, then leave to dry on kitchen roll.

Salt and lemon juice

Salt and lemon are known for their healing properties. The salt works as an abrasive shifting any dirt and bacteria from in the brushes.  The lemon works as an antiseptic, smells good and will keep the brush hair in good condition.

What you need:

  • Baby shampoo
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  1. Take a pot and put in the salt, lemon juice and shampoo. Mix these together to make a paste.
  2. Take your brush and swirl it around, then take it out and massage the brush in your hand.
  3. Next, rinse the brushes in warm water squeezing the brush head.
  4. Run the brush under the hot tap making sure all the salt solution is out.
  5. Finally rinse with cold and re-shape if needed.

TA DAHHHH! Clean brushes ready to apply that war paint again!