Makeup Brush Cleansers You May Already Have at Home
Putting on makeup is the fun part of getting ready but let’s be honest, cleaning the brushes is something we all avoid because it takes forever and it’s just flat out inconvenient. They ideally should be cleaned after every use…but it won’t hurt much if you wash your powder brushes at least once a week and your brushes used for liquids and gel at least 2-3x per week.
It’s important to wash them on the regular because they pick up and hold oil and bacteria that is transferred to anything you dip your brush in. Transferring bacteria back and forth between your face and products can and will cause breakouts on your face, especially if you have sensitive skin.
If you don’t already have a brush cleaner, no worries, you won’t have to order anything from Ulta or Sephora. Target does have them available but from my experience, none of them work as well as the ones below.
Zote Pink Soap – This soap is my absolute favorite. It’s popular in Central America for laundry and getting rid of stains. I don’t know who got the idea to use it for makeup brushes but I’m glad they did because it gets brushes super clean and like new very quickly. Surprisingly, compared to actual brush cleaners, this soap works 10x as fast without much effort. I used to spend a few minutes on each brush because the pigments and oils from makeup wouldn’t come out easily, but with Zote’s Pink Soap, it doesn’t take much time at all. You can grab this soap at Walmart for $1.
Dawn Dish Soap – Dawn’s dish soap is another makeup community fave because it quickly breaks down oils and dirt that build up in the bristles. It has ingredients included that work to cut through grease and oil, which works wonders for brushes used for foundation and concealer!
Baby Shampoo – This shampoo is a bit more gentle than the first two suggestions, but is also a makeup community favorite since it’s easily accessible and works really well. It lathers up just enough to loosen the dirt without completely stripping the bristles.
Before washing your brushes, spraying them with alcohol to disinfect helps get rid of bacteria that the soap otherwise wouldn’t. If you want to prevent the bristles of your brushes from getting dried out over time, add a bit of olive oil to your soap mixture. I don’t recommend leaving brushes in water to soak for very long because the water often times will melt the glue holding the brushes together or loosen the bristles from the base.
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