As far as my beauty rituals go, cleaning my brushes has to be at the bottom of my list of favorites. It’s definitely more of a chore than anything, and one I’m never in the mood to do. However, keeping makeup brushes clean is essential to not only how they apply makeup, but even the health of our skin. Makeup, oil and dirt build up on our brushes— you don’t want to be rubbing that in every time you use them!
Luckily, there are a ton of easy and cheap ways to clean makeup brushes. Keep reading for three ways I personally clean mine, and the extra must-haves to make the process easier.
Watch the video above to see how I clean makeup brushes first-hand.
1. Liquid Shampoos
Liquid brush shampoos are an easy way to get your brushes clean quickly. I turn to both the EcoTools Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo and the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel. They’re great for when my brushes are kept in pretty good shape between deep cleanings, and there isn’t a lot of build up in the bristles.
2. Solid Brush Cleanser
Solid cleansers are becoming more popular, and for good reason. They use a lot less product to get your brushes clean, so they’re great for big collections. They are also great at deep cleaning sponges, and they are usually able to remove the surface stains. I’m currently using a handmade one from Swirl + Sparkle, but typically use the blendercleanser solid from beautyblender.
3. Dish Soap
The easiest thing to grab in a pinch, dish soap can be trusted to get oil off ducks and residue off your makeup brushes! Dawn works great for regular use in small amounts— a little goes a long way! This is also the best solution when you’re trying to remove stubborn build-up from brushes that are way overdue for washing.
Other Brush Cleaning Must Haves:
Brush Cleaning Mat: Since purchasing the Sigma Express Brush Cleaning Mat, the time it takes to wash my brushes is cut in half. The silicone textures help work your cleanser of choice into the bristles to deep clean your brushes. Then, they help you rinse and remove any excess suds. While Real Techniques came out with a very comparable product that you wear on your hand, I prefer the mat so that I have two free hands to get brushes clean quickly.
Brush Tree: Your brushes will dry quickly when hung upside down. This brush drying tree is perfect for hanging them bristles downward so the water runs out. Then, you can flip them around and use it as a way to display/store your brushes!
Spot Cleaning Spray: Between deep cleans, you should be spot-cleaning your brush with a spray after every use. My go-to is the Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner Spray, which will help reduce build up.
Cleaning your brushes at least every other week is super important for keeping them in great condition. It will also help your makeup stay more sanitary, and keep your skin clear.