Let’s face it, makeup brushes can get gross. They get filled with bacteria, and aren’t so good on your skin. It’s an easy thing to forget about, until your face breaks out and you realize you haven’t cleaned your brushes in quite a while. The whole process can be a little daunting. What products should you use? How can you make sure it doesn’t wreck your brushes? What’s the best way to clean your makeup brushes? What is a cheap makeup brush cleaner? Well chickies I’ve got you covered with this how to clean your makeup brushes at home tutorial.
I’ve been using this process for a few years and have never noticed any damage made to my brushes. My cheap makeup brush cleaner uses 3 simple ingredients that many people already have at home: water, Dawn dish soap, and vinegar. It’s a fairly quick process, but you do have to keep in mind that it takes a little while for them to dry – so don’t clean your favourite brush a couple hours before you need to use it. If you like beauty hacks like this one make sure to follow me on Pinterest for beauty hacks and more.
- Dirty brushes
- Dawn dish soap
- White vinegar
- Hot water
- 2 glasses or small containers
- Textured light coloured tea towel
- Light coloured tea towel or face cloth
STEP 1. GETTING EVERYTHING READY
Get your glasses/containers ready. Pour hot water into one glass for rinsing, and mix the below listed supplies into the other glass. Note: to make your brushes last as long as possible you want to keep the water level below where the metal meets the handle of the brush. I forgot to do it for the pictures, but your brushes will last a lot longer if you make sure to do this each time you clean them.
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 tbsp Dawn dish soap
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
Chances are you will need to replace the water throughout your cleaning process. To clean the full set shown in this tutorial I changed my water once.
Cleaning makeup brushes is super easy. You just swirl your brush around the soap and vinegar water. Swirl it around vigorously enough that you’re moving the fibres around and really getting it clean, but still somewhat gentle so that you are not damaging your lovely brushes. You will see the water slowly change to an icky milky colour to show you that it’s working.
Tap your brush out before swirling it brush in the rinse glass. This water should stay cleaner a lot longer, but it’ll still get a bit cloudy while you clean all of your brushes. Doing this allows you to see how clean your brush actually is when doing the next step below.
Run your brush along the textured tea towel. I say textured because I feel like it gets between the fibres better than softer towels. You want a light coloured towel so that you can see if the brush is still dirty when you run it along the towel. If the brush leaves residue behind repeat steps 2 – 4 until the brush only leaves a wet mark on the towel with little to no residue.
Whip your brush back and forth a bit to get off any excess water, then reshape it and leave it to dry. You can lie them on a towel as pictured here, and rotate them when you can. You can also lie them along the edge of a counter for faster drying time, or you can use this neat trick to dry them using a towel rack and hair elastics. Make sure you leave ample drying time. Small brushes generally dry within a day, but larger ones can take 2 days to fully dry.
There ya have it, how to clean your makeup brushes at home. This process is easy to do, and is totally safe for your brushes and your skin. If you’re Pinterest obsessed like me make sure you pin this post for future reference. The brush set pictured above is the 8 Piece Essential Kit I use everyday from Mikasa Beauty that’s only $70 + my 15% off discount code. Stay tuned for makeup tutorials using these brushes.
Until next time,