Cleaning makeup brushes: everyone should do it, yet some people rarely do. I used to think it’d be a difficult, unnecessary process, but that’s just not the case. After watching a few YouTube tutorials about it, I think I’ve found the technique that works the best for me for cleaning my brushes, so here goes!
Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner
I don’t clean my brushes every day, since I tend to use the same products and sometimes I apply my eyeshadow with my fingers instead of a brush. But when I want to give my brushes a quick cleaning, I spray this two times on a paper towel and rub my brush in that spot in a circular motion both clockwise and counterclockwise until the product is off the brush. Sometimes, especially for foundation or concealer, I have to try this a few different times before the brush is really clean.
Dawn Ultra Antibacterial Dishwashing Liquid in the Apple Blossom Scent
This soap is only a couple dollars the drugstore, and I think I got it from CVS for $1 one week with a coupon. I just bought the small 9 ounce size, but I believe it does come in a big bottle as well. This product is great because it’s antibacterial, and it has a nice smell that doesn’t really linger on your brushes or overpower them as you go about your daily routine with them. What I do is I grab a makeup brush, add a dab of this and then add a dab of the L’oreal Kids soap right onto the brush, add some lukewarm water into the palm of my hand and swirl the brush in circular motions both clockwise and counterclockwise until it’s clean. You may have to rinse the brush a few times or add more soap if product is really clinging to the brush (I find this happens most to me with foundation brushes), but even after doing this a few times, it still takes less than a minute per brush.
L’oreal Kids Extra Gentle 2-in-1 Shampoo in the Apple Scent
This step probably isn’t completely necessary, but I think it really helps my brushes feel softer, and they smell nice and, yet again, not overpowering. I put this soap right on top of the antibacterial soap on the brush before swirling it into the palm of my hand. Once I see a lot of suds in my hand or on the brush, I run the brush under the faucet and point the brush downward (with the handle facing up) and ring out the bristles of the brush gently with my fingertips. I repeat this until the water remains clear and not soapy or full of color (whether that be eye shadow, blush, bronzer, etc.)
Once a brush is dry, I place it inside a spare container with paper towels in it and let them dry with the handles facing up. Normally I do this in the afternoon or evening, and the brushes are dry by the morning. Hopefully this makes sense! If you want more in depth photos of the process, just let me know. Do you have a different way of cleaning your brushes that works really well for you? I’d love to hear about it!