I have a confession to make. I try to wash my makeup brushes at least every two weeks, but sometimes I forget. I normally can tell time has gotten away from me when my face starts breaking out. Then I immediately think, “Oh crap, when was the last time I washed my brushes?!?”
I found this method on YouTube about 5 months ago and thought I would share it. I think it works really well and gets my brushes very clean! Here are the household items I use:
Dawn dish detergent
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
A kitchen mitt
A plate or bowl
2 hand towels
In the bowl, I put in equal parts Dawn and olive oil.
I then dip the brush in this solution, being sure to get both ingredients. I wet the brush and begin to swirl it on my kitchen mitt. This kitchen mitt is a silicone mitt with raised bubbles on each side. I wasn’t really using it in the kitchen and thought it would work perfect for cleaning my brushes! Of course, they do make mitts especially for washing brushes. I just figured why not go ahead and use this and save some money!
I normally start with my big brushes first; my foundation brush, blush brush, contour brush, etc. Then I will move onto my eye shadow brushes. After I clean each brush I will use one towel to dry off the bristles as best I can. Then I lay the brush on the other towel to finish drying overnight.
If there is anything left in the dish, I will simply just put it in the dishwasher as a little extra dish detergent for the next wash.
Although the olive oil can be expensive, I think this way it really cost effective. It doesn’t take too much, so large bottles of each will last you a very long time. (Side note: I have had this bottle of Dawn for a while and used it for wayyyy more than just my brushes.)
Does anyone else use this method? If not, what do you use to wash your brushes?