How to clean your makeup brushes inexpensively

Something that a lot of makeup users often overlook is the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes. I’ve always been super conscious that bacteria , dirt, debris, dead skin cells and oil were building up on my brushes and clean my brushes regularly – and you should too!

This year I’ve decided to be sensible with my spending…well…as sensible as I can possibly be! One of the things I felt I was “spending unnecessarily” on was a makeup brush cleanser. Although you can buy the MAC brush cleanser for £10 (233ml) and that should last quite some time, one of the things I found was it does have quite a strong alcohol scent. Alcohol is used to help the drying time of the brushes but it can also age skin as it dehydrates.

Since I’ve started reading the ingredients of all my beauty products, I become slightly apprehensive as I do have sensitive skin and wasn’t sure how I felt about putting brushes cleaned in alcohol back on my skin.

So whats the alternative?

One of the most effective cleansers I have found (after much trial and error) is Baby Shampoo! Not only is it affordable and can be found in your local supermarket, it lasts ages too! Not to mention it’s full of non-harsh ingredients.

Makeup Cleanser – Baby Shampoo

Cleaning Makeup brushes

For a quick cleanse:

The best way to clean your brushes is to pour a small amount onto a thick tissue such as kitchen roll and then buff the brush back and forth.Make sure you re shape the brush after doing this so that the brush keeps its correct shape.

Be sure to not to get the base of the brush hairs too wet as you may find it will cause the glue that holds the hairs will become loose resulting in shedding hairs.

For a deep cleanse:

Pour a little baby shampoo into a little dish; alternatively you can use the palm of your hand. gently swirl the brushes round until the shampoo foams up, and rinse! Simple!

Do you use a branded cleanser? Have you tried using baby shampoo to clean your brushes? How often do you clean your brushes?

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