Cleaning your makeup brushes doesn't have to be a chore. Here's a cheap and easy way to get the job done!
If you are one of those people who regularly cleans their makeup brushes, then good for you! I applaud you. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. Cleaning makeup brushes is one task I love to procrastinate like nobody's business. I eventually get around to it, and the results are definitely worth the effort. There are tons of specialty options these days for brush cleaning. Fancy cleansers, gloves, mats, and other contraptions make a seemingly simple task way too complicated. The method I like to use is both cheap and effective! Grab your dirty brushes, and let's have a cleaning party!
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Here's what you'll need:
1. cheap silicone face scrubber
Usually found in a pack of two, these little silicone gems are intended for washing your face. While I've never used them for that purpose, I'm very happy with how they perform for brush cleaning. I use the Lil' Scrubbies brand, and you can find them on Amazon or at Walmart.
2. Neutrogena transparent facial bar
This product has graced the beauty shelves for as long as I can remember. It does a fantastic job of removing stubborn makeup and works equally well cleaning brushes. While often sold in a multipack, single bars are also available for around $3 and easy to find on the face soap aisle.
To start cleaning, first dampen your brush under warm running water. Always concentrate the water on the bristles, and try not to get water too far up the ferrule (the part that connects the bristles to the handle). I always hold my brush under the water with the bristles pointing down to make this easier. Wet the Neutrogena bar, and watch the magic happen! Simply swirl your brush all over the surface of the bar. Use both circular and sweeping motions to thoroughly coat the bristles with soap. Then, with your silicone scrubber, use the same circular and sweeping motions to gently scrub the brush clean. If it's extra dirty, you might have to repeat these steps another time. Finish the job by rinsing the brush under warm water. Gently pat it dry, and lay on a towel to dry overnight. Repeat the process for all your other brushes, and voila! Clean makeup brushes for the win!