How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Today’s post and video are about everyone’s least favorite part about makeup- cleaning your brushes! In this video I show you 3 different ways that I clean mine. They are:

1. The Solid Beauty Blendercleanser retails for $15.95 so I recommend getting it in a value package with a beauty blender. For example you can get 1 beauty blender (typically $19.95) plus a full sized Solid Blendercleanser for $32.95. I found Dermstore recently and it really seems like the best way to buy most beauty and skincare products that don’t go on sale ever (like the Beautyblender). The reason why is because if you add a product to your favorites list and then buy it from there it’s 10% off plus they have free 1-3 day shipping and give you free samples. You can also get 2.5% cash back right now from Ebates in addition to the 10%. Here’s more info on why you should get Ebates if your an online shopping enthusiast like myself. You can also buy the Beautyblender at Sephora and specialty beauty stores.

Original Beautyblender with Solid Blendercleanser

Is the Blendercleanser just an overpriced tiny bar of soap? Probably, but I used to rub my first beauty blender on a bar of Dove soap thinking it was the same thing and I tore it up VERY quickly which is why I purchased the Blendercleanser this time. I also discovered how useful it was when I was traveling since that is the only time that I feel like I have the opportunity to go ALL OUT with my makeup so cleaning smokey jade eye shadow and glitter out of brushes is a must.

2. An antibacterial hand soap or shampoo or baby shampoo. In a pinch you could use face wash as well.

3. Equal parts olive oil and antibacterial dish soap – This is my main method of cleaning brushes at home and you can do it while traveling if you’re staying with friends and family. This will clean and then condition your brushes nicely. Put equal parts of each together in a cup or on a plate, dip a brush in, then work the soap in to the bristles by moving it around in the palm of your hand.

I also mention in the video that I use the MAC Brush Cleanser to spot clean while I’m doing my makeup. It’s $15 for 7.9oz. and I’ve had my bottle for a few years now since I try to use it sparingly.

Check out my video where I give a whole bunch of additional tips and tricks for cleaning your brushes:

One product not mentioned that I recently bought is Cinema Secrets Professional Brush CleanerI bought the 2oz. spray for $8 because I wanted to try it out before buying a big bottle. You spray your dirty brush a few times then wipe it off on a paper towel and it will do a good job spot cleaning. The pros of this brush cleaner are the scent (vanilla) and it’s a quick drying rinse-free formula so your brush is somehow immediately dry like magic. I will say that on a big fluffy brush it can sometimes take me several spray and wipe repetitions to get most of the product off, but it might be more powerful if you dip the brush in like they recommend with the bigger bottles. At 2oz. this is carry-on bag travel friendly, but you run the risk of it leaking in your bag unlike if you travel with the solid cleanser.

Cinema Secrets Professional Makeup Brush Cleaner


How do you clean your makeup brushes? Did you see my last post on why you should skip shaving cream?

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