Cleaning your makeup brushes is never anyone’s favorite task, especially when you have a large collection. I know I would much rather reorganize my vanity than sit and wash a whole bunch of brushes. However cleaning your brushes is vital to keeping a clean and blemish free face; so I’ve come up with a more budget friendly way to do so. I personally did not want to spend $15-$20 on makeup cleaner so I decided to use some products around my house.
A plate: To mix the hand soap and Olive oil together
A paper towel: to place your brushes on to let them dry
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: used to keep the birtles nice and soft
Desainitizing hand soap: Used to desensitize your brushes.
Let me preface by saying this is my first time cleaning my makeup brushes. I’ve been using them for about 5 months; some more than others so mine were extremely dirty. Looking back on it I probably should have washed them twice just to make sure that I could get it all out.
Mix the olive oil with the hand sanitizer on your plate.
Take your brush and swirl it in the mixture
Take your Brush and swirl against the palm of your hand or if you have a makeup cleaning brush like this one..then use that
Rinse and Let dry!
Aftermath: I have a mixture of brushes from different brands, Elf, Sonia Kashuk and Real Techniques; and each brand turned out differently:
My Elf brushes were destroyed. They frayed and completely lost their shape, or they didn’t get as cleaned as everything else. Honestly I ended up throwing most of them away after washing simply because the shape was so deformed.
My Sonia Kashuk brushes held up and remained nice and soft, I will say that they did fray a little. Some of my more dense brushes lost their density and some hairs were frayed on the side.
My Real Techniques brushes make up the majority of my collection and they held up the best. Which was such a relief since everything else sort of fell apart. I probably should have washed these twice because some of the more used brushes were still a little dirty afterwards.
Overall my brushes held up ok. I’m glad most of the damage was done to my elf brushes since those are so easily replaceable. I know some people say that the brushes pick up more product or apply product smoother after cleaning but i haven’t really noticed a difference.
This was my first time cleaning my makeup brushes so if you have any suggestions please feel free to comment!