3 Steps to Keeping Makeup Brushes Super Clean on the Cheap

Sure, your hand or a Q-tip can work in a pinch, but you really do need a good set of makeup brushes to achieve a well-applied daily glow. So, if you are to invest, you most certainly should know how to clean your makeup brushes — which can last a very long time — to be sure you get your money’s worth.

While there are many makeup-brush cleaning products on the market, the good news is that you really don’t need to buy them. That’s because everything you need for even the toughest job is available right in your home now, among your everyday household goods.

Here are products you can use to clean your makeup brushes and how to use them for everyday jobs, per advice from the experts.

How to Clean Makeup Brushes at Home

Baby shampoo. It’s not for babies only. In fact it’s one of the best products you likely already have at home to use to clean your makeup brushes.

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To clean: Fill a cereal bowl with lukewarm water and a few drops of baby shampoo. Then grab a brush and swirl it around to build up a lather with the motion. Add some finger-power, too. Just remember to be gentle. You don’t want to pull out the bristles.

To rinse: When you are satisfied that the brush is clean, rinse it under the faucet until the water runs clear.

To dry: Start with a clean towel and gently — ever so gently — squeeze the excess water from the brush. Be sure you do not leave your brushes standing with bristles upward, which will cause the water to find its way into the glue holding them to the brush. The result? You probably guessed: You’ll soon be finding those bristles all over the countertop and floor as your brush falls apart. Note: If baby shampoo isn’t handy, you can use dish detergent or bar soap as alternatives.

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Olive oil. If your brushes are super caked with makeup residue, you should also consider olive oil – or almond, or coconut, or any similar oil. Use your fingers to massage the buildup out of the brushes. When it has dissolved and you are satisfied with the outcome, wash them in a soap-based solution as described above.

If your brush turns out to be dry or stiff, use conditioner — yes, the kind you use on your hair. Then rinse and dry again.

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