Cleaning your makeup brushes is the most vital step in your makeup routine. Washing your brushes makes sure your face remains acne free by cleaning out all the bacteria and product buildup. There are many brush cleansers on the market from practically every brand. Although they do a great job with cleansing each brush there is a more cost effective alternative. Simply use household items that you probably already have to do the dirty work!
Dish soap, preferably Dawn, is a great product for cleaning your brushes. First, run the brush bristles under water. Next, using either the palm of your hand or a clean sponge, pour a small amount of dish soap and circle the brush around. Make sure to get all the product out. Then, run it under warm water making sure to get all of the soap out (This is very important because you do not want to have soap built up at the bottom of the brush). Once you finish rinsing off the soap from your brush, lay it down flat along a towel and allow brushes to dry.
Olive Oil is another household favorite that can be used to cleanse your makeup brushes. It works great at breaking down gel eyeliners and any other sticky makeup from your brushes. Simply pour a small amount of olive oil in your palm and run the brush through it until all the gel eyeliner breaks down. Then, wash out the olive oil using the dish soap method.
An important thing to note while cleansing your brushes is to avoid allowing water to reach the handle of the brush. Water breaks down the glue and over the course of time, the handle can become loose to the point where you are only left with the top half of the brush.
This is an easy way to save a few extra dollars in your pocket, but to still make sure your brushes are squeaky clean!
Written By: Arianna Herriott