Good makeup brushes are expensive, so it’s important to take good care of them. This means regular cleaning, which can be a bit of a pain. I used to dread the task until I discovered a cheap, easy, and very quick way to gently get my makeup brushes squeaky clean with minimal fuss.
For this method, you’ll need two things:
A silicone pet brush like this one from The Groom Room. You want one with little bumps on one side and soft spikes on the other. Don’t spend a lot! The one above comes in at £8.50 and should last years.
A bottle of Dr. Bronner’s liquid Castile Soap. This comes in a variety of scents as well as an unscented baby version, so choose the one you like best. Again, you don’t need to spend a lot. I buy it by the litre for around £14 and it lasts ages.
To get started, lay the silicone brush in a sink exactly as it’s pictured above with the larger soft spikes pointing down. Squirt about a teaspoon of the soap onto the surface of the silicone brush (don’t worry if it goes into the little wells – this is helpful). Wet your makeup brush with warm water and then start swirling it around on top of the silicone brush. The foam will quickly go from white to makeup coloured. You only need to swirl your makeup brush for about a minute before it is ready to be rinsed with clean warm water and laid out to dry.
If your makeup brush is extra fluffy or quite large, swirl it around for about 30 seconds and then turn the silicone brush over so that the soft spikes are facing upwards. Swirl your makeup brush over the spikes for another 30 seconds, rinse with clean water, and then lay it out to dry.
And that’s it! Super easy.
Remember to dry your brushes on their sides so that the water doesn’t get into the neck and interfere with the glue.