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How I clean my makeup brushes in under 2 minutes with ISOCLEAN Makeup Brush Cleaner

Written by 9 March 2021

I’ve been using ISOCLEAN Makeup Brush Cleaner for years to quickly clean & sterilise my makeup brushes. If you don’t currently clean your brushes then you need to invest, especially if you suffer with acne. Bacteria will be living on your brushes transferring to your face with each use.

ISOCLEAN is vegan and cruelty-free.




Here’s how I use ISOCLEAN:

  1. prep – get a towel & small bowl ready
  2. soak the brushes with ISOCLEAN
  3. gently rub on a towel to remove makeup
  4. reshape brushes back to original shape
  5. leave for a few minutes before using

It takes a few minutes to prep & clean the brushes. I normally clean them on a day when I don’t need to use them. Makeup artists (MUAs) use this cleaner in-between clients – that’s how sanitary it is, and how little time the brushes take to dry afterwards. I’d say they take around 30s-1min to dry, depending on the brush size before you can use it.

1. Prep – get a towel & small bowl ready

ISOCLEAN Makeup Brush Cleaner - prep
PREP YOURSELF: 3 brushes, ISOCLEAN, a towel & small bowl

With the 500ml bottle I bought, it didn’t come with a detachable drip tray. However, it does now, so I’d recommend getting it. It’s the same price with/without one.

I only pour into the bowl as much as is needed to soak up into each brush. I use 3 brushes on a regular basis:

  • concealer brush (small)
  • blush brush (pretty big)
  • foundation brush (pretty big)
ISOCLEAN Makeup Brush Cleaner - 3 dirty brushes ready for cleaning
Dirty brushes L-R – 1x foundation, 1x blush, 1x concealer

Mine comes with a spray top but I don’t use it. I feel by pouring the liquid out into a bowl and soaking my brushes in it, I get a better clean and waste less.

2. Pour ISOCLEAN into the bowl & soak

Once I’ve poured some out, I soak my brushes which should leave no ISOCLEAN in the bowl. Make sure to get everything wet; you need to clean the whole brush!

ISOCLEAN Makeup Brush Cleaner - pouring it into a bowl for use
I pour the ISOCLEAN into this bowl – I pour just enough to soak up in my brushes
ISOCLEAN Makeup Brush Cleaner - soaking up the liquid into the brushes
All soaked up

3. Use a towel to rub your brushes clean

I personally use a handtowel that’s quite rough. I wouldn’t recommend using a very smooth towel that doesn’t have texture; it’ll take longer to clean your brushes.

ISOCLEAN Makeup Brush Cleaner - a soaked brush ready for cleaning
Blush brush soaked with ISOCLEAN – ready for a rub!

4. Reshape shape your brush

Gently rub and twist into the towel until all the makeup has come off. Don’t harshly rub your brushes straight into the towel. You want them to keep their shape.

To make sure you’ve cleaned it properly, keep moving to a different part on the towel & check for makeup. A lighter-coloured towel is best for this.

ISOCLEAN Makeup Brush Cleaner - twisting the brush ensuring it keeps its shape
do the twist – clean by gently twisting
ISOCLEAN Makeup Brush Cleaner - a clean brush
A nice and clean concealer brush, still in shape

5. Leave to dry

Don’t use your brushes within seconds of cleaning – they’ll probably still be wet. Leave for at least a minute before using.

ISOCLEAN Makeup Brush Cleaner - 3 clean brushes
Lovely jubbily – nice clean brushes within minutes

How often should you clean your brushes?

I clean mine once every few weeks, but I don’t wear much makeup especially since lockdown. If you wear heavy makeup or have acne, I’d recommend cleaning your brushes weekly (maybe less; every 5 days or so).

Where can I buy it?

I buy it from Look Fantastic but it’s available on lots of similar beauty websites.

I have a ‘friends & family’ code with Look Fantastic I’ll put below. If you spend over £30 you’ll get £10 off providing you’re a new customer (I’ll get a fiver off too). Here is my code: https://www.lookfantastic.com/referrals.list?applyCode=RACHAEL-RBAF

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