How To Clean Makeup Brushes / 4 Ways

There are hundreds of articles on the web about how to clean makeup brushes. I have tried a lot of them… well, four to be exact and have found one that I will stick to until I can get my hands on a brush washing machine and see if it works better than manual cleaning.
Before I get to the process I have adopted, I thought you might find it useful to learn about (and maybe try) the ones that did not work as well for me, too.

Just Soap

The first method I tried was no-fuss and in-your-face. I cleaned my brushes using soap. I started with Dove but later switched to Safeguard because I got paranoid that the former might not be cleaning them as much as the latter because it does not have antibacterial properties. While it worked well, I also wanted to test the waters and discover if there would be something better.

Borrowed from My Baby

The next one I tried was the baby shampoo/wash. I have a three-year-old so I didn’t even have to go out and buy the material. I liked how my brushes felt after I cleaned them that way, but I felt like I could still try something else.

Oil Breaks Down Oil

Most foundations are oil-based. Considering that and the notion that oil breaks down oil, I assumed Michelle Phan’s way would work well. It did take away the dirt from the brushes, but it also left them feeling oily to the touch no matter how much I rinse them.

The Mad Cherry Way

I won’t have this method patented, though, because I did not come up with it. It was actually adapted from Katy of Lustre Lux. In one of her videos, she showed her method and I tried it for myself. I replaced Castile soap with shampoo, though, because I don’t own any.
I also thought it would be fun to show you how to clean makeup brushes using the method I currently enjoy so I made a video of it. Watch it below.

Have you tried any of these methods before? How did they work for you?

About the Author

Jorj creates and helps shape stories that stick in people's minds, tug at their heartstrings and move them to action. When not trying to make sense of the world through writing, she busies herself with making videos.