Who else doesn’t want to admit they haven’t cleaned their makeup brushes in a few weeks? I use the dread the thought of cleaning my ever-growing collection. Giving up a few hours of my day to sit there scrubbing, trying to get that last bit of foundation out of my dirty brush.
The worst part was that I didn’t really know what I was doing, AND that I was doing damage to my brushes! Which in turn was affecting the application of my products, and compromising my finished look.
So that had to change… FAST. I tested different cleaning products, methods, and tools. In the end, I found three ways to clean my brushes that made the process faster, easier, and didn’t break the bank.
3-Best Ways To Clean Your Makeup Brushes.
1. Sensitive Soap.
I found that sensitive skin soap is one of the best products for cleaning your makeup brushes. Not only is it safe to use on synthetic and natural brushes but is also gentle on skin (I have ultra-sensitive skin so that’s a big PLUS for me).
When cleaning my brushes, I would place the soap under low-running lukewarm water and rub the brush lightly against the soap in a circular motion.
After about 30 seconds, I remove the soap and run the brush under water. It usually takes two motions to get the brush 99% clean.
Once clean, I dry the brush by swirling it around on a soft, textured towel and leave them to air dry.
2. Olive Oil Soap.
Olive oil soap can be challenging to get your hands on. It’s a little more expensive, but it’s worth it.
Olive oil soap has been known as a remedy for sensitive hair and skin. Its antioxidant properties are renowned for cleansing, nourishing, moisturizing and protecting skin against environmental and free radical damage.
When using the soap to clean my brushes, I use the same steps as when using the sensitive skin soap (rubbing the brush against soap in a circular motion under running lukewarm water), but the brushes feel different after using the olive oil soap, they feel clean and don’t absorb as much product afterward.
It’s as if it creates a protective shield around each bristle.
3. Baby Shampoo.
Baby shampoo is one of the most popular makeup brush cleaners and it’s super affordable. It’s delicate on your brushes and gets in deep to clean out any leftover product and bacteria.
Using baby shampoo to clean your brushes is slightly more complicated compared to using a bar of soap, as you don’t have anything to rub the brush against. In the end, I just used the palm of my hand.
Squirt a small amount of the shampoo into your palm and rub the brush around with a small amount of water. Once the brush is coated in the shampoo, run it under lukewarm water. Using your palm once again, rub the brush to get the remaining soap and product out.
Remember, it’s essential to clean your makeup brushes every 2-3 weeks. Dirty brushes are not only a breeding ground for bacteria, but they can also affect how your makeup applies, making the finished look, look uneven and patchy.
I hope these tips helped you get your brushes back to beautiful. Happy washing!