Whether you own expensive, top-of-the-line makeup brushes, or opt for a cheaper alternative like me, it’s VERY important to clean them regularly to remove dirt and bacteria that can cause breakouts and spread germs.
In the past, I’ve always purchased makeup brush cleaners at my local beauty supply outlet (e.l.f. Daily Brush Cleaner is my fave), but they can be quite pricey, especially if you’re cleaning your brushes a few times a week, and since I’m not really a fan of using chemicals on things that come into contact with my skin, I’ve recently been looking for a good DIY makeup brush cleaner.
As it turns out, there are HEAPS of other, less expensive options out there to help keep your makeup brushes in tip-top shape, and today I’m teaching you how to clean makeup brushes with 10 easy (and cheap!) DIY makeup brush cleaners that use ingredients you likely already have lying around your house!
1. Squeaky Clean Brushes! by Michelle Phan
I learned a lot of tips I didn’t know about cleaning makeup brushes in this tutorial, but the most helpful tip was how to dry and store brushes without ruining them. My makeup brushes are constantly falling apart (thank goodness I only buy drugstore brands!), but after Michelle introduced me to The Brush Guard, I finally feel like I can splurge on a set of properly brushes!
2. How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes in 60 Seconds!!!! by gossmakeupartist
If you don’t have the time to wash and condition your brushes every single day, but want to ensure they are completely sterile at all times, you will LOVE this video. I completely trust Wayne Goss when it comes to everything related to beauty, and I love how FAST my brushes dry when I use his method.
3. How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes Like a Pro!! by Makeup Geek
This tutorial is filled with 5 great ideas for cleaning makeup brushes using household items. I especially love the hair conditioner idea as one of my blush brushes has a tendency to get too rough for my face!
4. How to Clean Makeup Brushes, Palettes and Lipsticks by chiutips
While the products used in this tutorial are no different from what has been used in the other tutorials I’ve already shared, I love love love her technique for drying brushes, and I never would have thought of cleaning my actual makeup!!
5. How to Instantly Clean Your Makeup Brushes Without Washing, Spraying, or Using Alcohol by gossmakeupartist
While you still need to give your brushes a good clean at least once a week, the Vera Mona Colour Switch Duo is a great way to remove color from your brushes. I haven’t personally tried it, but if Wayne likes it, I’m sure you will, too!
6. How To Clean Your Make-up Brushes by taliajoy18
Yup. Talia knows her stuff. I love her technique (I can do this while watching TV!), and since I only use my brushes on myself and don’t feel the need to have them completely sterile 100% of the time, I am totally on board with what she says. RIP Talia!
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