Makeup Brush Cleaners

by - August 08, 2014

Makeup brushes are an essential part of anyones makeup kit but without proper care it can lead to bacteria getting into your products and turning it into the gift that keeps on giving. I personally keep three sets of brushes: one for my blues/greens, another for my purples/blacks and a final set for my light shades.

Every two weeks I take on the task of cleaning all of my brushes and letting them dry properly before using them again. The process is pretty easy: just run the brush under warm water and wash it with the item of your choice until the water runs clear. When you're all set just reshape the brush and lay it down flat on a paper towel for 1-2 days and once they're fully dry they'll be ready for use. 

Below are three brush cleaners in different price ranges that I've used with much success. No excuses ladies! Clean those brushes thoroughly and frequently!


Make Up For Ever Instant Brush Cleaner- $12.00

If you don't want to wait for your brushes to dry by soaking them in water and product then this is the product for you. The Instant Brush Cleaner by Make Up For Ever is great for an on the go cleaning because it dissolves waterproof and super pigmented shadows and liners. I've used this a few times and noticed that my brushes did run clear after just a few minutes under water which shows that it does what it promises to do.


Sonia Kashuk Brush and Sponge Cleaner- $6.69

Sonia Kashuk is a brand that doesn't get the credit it deserves and it is evident in this brush cleaner. Her Sponge and Brush Cleaner is more conventional cleaner in that you need to use it with running water and gently rub the bristles with the product until the water runs clear. It's a gentle cleanser and will leave your brushes super soft once they dry.


V05 Tea Therapy Clarifying Shampoo- $1.99

Clarifying shampoos are the devil for anyone with naturally dry hair but they are the most inexpensive way to clean make up brushes. A clarifying shampoo such as V05's Tea Therapy (in Vanilla Mint!) is designed to wash away all the oily residue that weighs hair down while making sure that it doesn't strip it 100%. My hair is very dry so I wouldn't want to get rid of all the oils because some aren't bad but when it comes to my brushes I want to make sure that all the gunk is gone and that after a good cleaning they look and feel like I just bought them.  Not only is this option a totally cheap way to clean your brushes but because so little has to be used one bottle can last at least a year.

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