How To Clean Makeup Brushes + The Best Makeup Brush Cleanser
As someone who loves all things makeup, I think one of the most important things in makeup application is the care of your brushes. Your makeup will go on much more smoothly and the brush will do most of the work for you. They won’t do their job if they’re full of dirt, dust, old makeup, skin cells, and who knows what else. One, it’s just gross. And two, imagine what you’re putting on your skin when you use a dirty makeup brush that you haven’t washed in weeks. It can cause clogged pores, break outs, redness, textured skin…the list goes on. Not to mention, old makeup can/will stain the brush hairs.
So, today I’m sharing my quick at-home recipe for what I use to deep clean my brushes and how I clean them. It’s super easy and quick, and it makes your brushes so soft.
- Put equal parts Dawn dish soap and extra virgin olive oil onto a plate and swirl together (as shown below). The amount you use depends on how many brushes you are cleaning. I use a good amount because I have a ton of brushes.
- Dampen the brush.
- Dip it into the mixture.
- Swirl the brush on the palm of your hand until clean. I use the Sigma Cleaning Glove to thoroughly clean my brushes. It helps to really deep clean because of the texture. If you don’t have one of these, you can just swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to clean.
- Rinse well. Repeat if necessary.
- Squeeze out excess water from the brush and dry it in a towel until it’s just damp (like you would with your hair after you shower).
- Lay flat to dry.
I usually clean my brushes every three weeks (because I don’t wear makeup daily), but if you use specific brushes daily, I would recommend cleaning them once every two weeks (although once a week is better, if possible).
The one thing I love about using this mixture (aside from how it cleans), is that it’s so cheap and you don’t feel bad for using a lot of it if you need to. I personally love the Beauty Blender cleanser and think it works really well, but for the amount of brushes I have, it would probably take a whole bottle of it to clean them all. I don’t think it’s necessary to go out and buy an expensive brush cleanser when you can use this!
I hope y’all liked this post. Let me know in the comments if you try it out and how you like it!