We are dedicated to the ceremonious washing of our face twice a day, yet we continue to use dirty makeup brushes on the reg. I know I’m guilty of going a couple weeks without washing my brushes due to pure laziness, but when you think about it, there’s so much old makeup, oil, and bacteria trapped in those brushes that can lead to acne and wrinkles. Washing makeup brushes not only prolongs the life of our brushes, but also improves the health of our skin.
One thing that has held me back from washing my brushes is not having the brush shampoo, and let’s face it, brush shampoo can get expensive especially when it comes to how often we should be using it. There are plenty of brush shampoo recipes out there, some calling for products that don’t disinfect – I’m looking at you baby shampoo – this one however, uses common kitchen products and leaves your brushes clean and soft.
What You’ll Need
- Dish soap
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Rolled up towel
After you’ve raided your kitchen for these products, you’ll begin by pouring some dish soap onto your plate. Make sure you’re using a dinner plate because the products will seep through a paper plate. The dish soap is used to disinfect and clean your brushes.
Next you’ll add some extra virgin olive oil to the plate. You should use about two parts dish soap to one part olive oil. The olive oil is used to condition the bristles after being stripped of oil and disinfected.
Once you’ve put together your cleanser, swirl your first brush in the cleanser (note: some makeup will begin to come off into your mixture), then move your brush back and forth in your hand to release the makeup from the brush and give it a thorough cleaning. Repeat these steps for the rest of your brushes.
When all your brushes have been swirled and cleaned with your homemade shampoo, you’ll need to rinse them off. Using warm water, cup your hand and move the brush in a circular motion to rinse it off. Be careful not to get the metal part of your brush damp because that will loosen the bristles and ultimately ruin your brushes.
Lastly, you’ll need to dry your brushes. A lot of brush cleaning tutorials will go through the steps of hanging your brushes upside with a brush guard to keep the bristles in shape – I don’t do that. I’ve tried this method and found it took a lot of time and half my brushes would fall off. I typically roll up one end of a towel so the handle of the brush can rest there, while being slanted down on the other part of the towel to dry. I don’t use brush guards either, I just reshape my brush and let it dry that way.
This super easy brush cleaner will make both your brushes and your skin much happier! For more information about brush cleaning, see my previous post Makeup Brush Cleaning 101.