Products I Use to Wash My Makeup Brushes

Products I Use to Wash My Makeup Brushes

Today I’ll be sharing with you “Products to Use to Wash Your Makeup Brushes”

Ever since I wrote my post on “Why It’s Important to Wash Your Makeup Brushes” I’ve gotten so many questions what products I use to wash my brushes or how I wash them. To be honest I love that I get asked these questions because I love helping others get more knowledge are great ways to keep those fancy brushes clean.

I’ll be sharing with you my favorite products when it comes to washing my brushes.

Dawn Dish Soap + Olive Oil – This I have been doing for the last few months after I stopped using baby soap. Reason why I use the Dawn + Olive Oil is because it leaves my makeup brushes feeling soft, clean and it cuts my time in half. I have over 40+ makeup brushes and I wash them once a week, sometimes twice if I’m doing someone’s makeup. That use to take 1 hour or more to do because I saw myself having to wash them twice because it wasn’t getting it all the makeup off. So when I added the olive oil, it helped remove the products off the brushes faster.

Coconut Oil– another great product to use on your makeup brushes. It’s antibacterial, non-toxic, promotes firming skin, it removes the makeup and it smells good. Super simple to do: take a spoonful of the coconut oil, microwave for 30 seconds, dip the brush in the coconut oil, swirl the brush on a paper towel or rag until the brush no longer has makeup product and rinse the brush.

Swirl & Sparkle – If you haven’t heard of them just go on Etsy. I first found this company on Instagram and I had to try out their products. The products are made out of goats milk and vegan shea butter. It’s a gentle exfoliator / scrubbing mechanism for your brushes. I wrote a review on their products here.

JAPONESQUE – I use this makeup brush cleanser when I want to clean my smaller eye brushes. It’s easy to use. All you do is spray the brush with the cleanser and swirl it around on a paper towel or towel until the product is completely out of the brush. It’s perfect if you don’t own so many brushes. The Japonesque is gentle, it conditions and disinfects fine brush hairs. It dissolves powder, liquids, wax base and adhesive. You can find this at Ulta.

All of these products are affective and safe to use on all types of brushes. Definitely don’t want to use products that are going to ruin your brushes, especially if you paid a lot for them.

What are your favorite products to wash your makeup brushes? Be sure to check out the widget below to see other brands you can use. 

 

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  • I’m always looking for good and quick ways to clean my makeup brushes. I’ll have to try coconut oil and dish soap and olive oil sometime. 🙂

    • You really should. I personally feel like when you’re using some sort of oil type especially coconut oil or olive oil it helps release the makeup from the brushes and cleans them faster.

  • I use Dawn and my Brush Egg…LOVE it!

  • I for some weird reason have tons of coconut oil at home so I’m going to try it! I’ve tried washing an old brush I don’t really use with baby shampoo and it worked okay so I need other options!

    • I can’t do baby shampoo. Doesn’t do its job that well. Definitely try the coconut oil.

  • I for some weird reason have tons of coconut oil at home so I’m going to try it! I’ve tried washing an old brush I don’t really use with baby shampoo and it worked okay so I need other options!

  • I never thought to use coconut oil on brushes. It doesn’t leave a residue?
    I typically use baby shampoo on mine.

  • I never thought about using coconut oil. I will have to try that out. I love using the blender cleanser to clean my brushes.

  • I use dish soap and olive oil to clean my brushes and I love it! The olive oil really helps with leaving them soft, and I like the scent the dish soap leaves. Great tips!

  • Lisa Wilkinson

    I use dish soap, and vinegar to rinse. I’ll have to try the olive ol!

    • I dislike the smell of vinegar. It makes me nauseous and gives me a headache. So we don’t ever by vinegar at home.

  • I think I’ll just hire you as my personal makeup consultant. How well does coconut oil work?

    • Lol Sounds good to me. I love how well the coconut oil works. Smells good too.

    • Lol Sounds good to me. I love how well the coconut oil works. Smells good too.

  • I love Swirl and Sparkle! I use a solid state brush cleaner I got from Sephora and I just ordered the color switch brush cleaner from Sephora as well. And, I can’t wait to get my hands on their brush dry shampoo that they just announced!

    • I need to try that dry shampoo. I’ll have to do a review on it when I buy it.

  • This is so helpful! I’m terrible at washing my makeup brushes – I can never seem to get them back (or close) to their original state!

    • If you’re not washing them as often as you should then you’re basically damaging those brushes because the makeup products just keeps building up into the brush hairs. Then bacteria starts to develop. Definitely do one of these I’ve mentioned.

  • This post is super helpful, because I definitely don’t wash my brushes as often as I should (or, like, ever). I had been using baby shampoo, but perhaps I’ll try the dish soap and olive oil!

    • As much as I hate washing my brushes I do it once a week or more because of the bacteria that starts to build up which can damage your brushes and cause breakouts on your face.

  • I’ll have to try the dawn one. I have a spray I use which works decently but I need to clean my brushes more often than I do!

  • Leah Hall

    This is amazing! I so need to do this, and I have the ingredients already, who knew! I will so have to try the soap and olive oil as well as the coconut oil! Great info!

  • Such a good reminder! I need to clean my brushes ASAP. It makes all the difference for a clean clear face.

    Love love tis!

    Thank you so much babe!
    xo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    I am so terrible about cleaning my brushes – I seriously need to! Which one is your favorite to use?

    • I love using all of them but definitely the Dawn + Olive Oil for my big brushes and the coconut oil for the smaller brushes.

    • I love using all of them but definitely the Dawn + Olive Oil for my big brushes and the coconut oil for the smaller brushes.

  • My foundation brush is the hardest to clean. I use Becca Foundation, it’s great for staying on the face but it’s tough to clean. I’m going to try Dawn.

  • Leslie Soto

    I use shampoo and rubbing alcohol but I just ordered some of the Swirl & Sparkle in Coconut Mandarin. I had to after I read this post. I’m curious about the Paradise scent, too! I can’t wait to get this and try it! Thank You for the recommendation.

    • Rubbing alcohol can damage your brushes by the way. You don’t want to do that. I’m glad you’re trying the Swirl & Sparkle.

  • Leslie Soto

    I use shampoo and rubbing alcohol but I just ordered some of the Swirl & Sparkle in Coconut Mandarin. I had to after I read this post. I’m curious about the Paradise scent, too! I can’t wait to get this and try it! Thank You for the recommendation.

  • Isn’t coconut oil great!? I use it as an eye makeup remover too!

  • Does coconut oil really not stick to the bristles afterwards? I’ve never tried that but I feel like it’d be like when I try to wash it out of my hair and it holds on for dear life, haha. I’ve heard Dawn dish soap is amazing for brushes, I want to try that next! Right now I’m just using baby shampoo 🙂

  • I definitely want to just start using dish soap because I feel like that would work very well.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Great info! And wow, a reminder that I am terrible about washing my makeup brushes!

  • Great info! And wow, a reminder that I am terrible about washing my makeup brushes!

  • Great tips for cleaning brushes – something I think most people skip doing way too often! So important!

  • Great tips for cleaning brushes – something I think most people skip doing way too often! So important!

  • Melissa Latimer

    I love good old dawn + olive oil 🙂 Always get’s the job done. When I want a quick wash, I use the one from Real Techniques.

  • Melissa Latimer

    I love good old dawn + olive oil 🙂 Always get’s the job done. When I want a quick wash, I use the one from Real Techniques.

  • I was literally just googling this last night. Thanks girl!

  • Anita

    I was looking at those fancy brush cleaner products- good to know dawn and olive oil can do the trick!

  • Wow, this is exactly what I was looking for, perfect timing. I would have never thought of using dawn dish soap to clean my makeup brushes, but coming from you I am definitely going to give it a try!!
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  • Wow, this is exactly what I was looking for, perfect timing. I would have never thought of using dawn dish soap to clean my makeup brushes, but coming from you I am definitely going to give it a try!!
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  • Dawn Dish Soap is something I have never heard of. I use baby shampoo and oil to clean my brushes. Great to know that we don’t always have to splurge on high-end brush cleaners. Thanks for sharing!

  • I like using plant-based dish soap like Method but I’ll have to try using Olive Oil, thanks for sharing!

  • I use an ELF daily brush cleanser for quick cleanses but I definitely do the dawn and olive oil trick to wash all my brushes at once.

  • kristareneewilson

    I have the the Beauty Blender cleansing bar and it works wonders on my blender! I want to try it on my brushes. I do want to try the coconut oil to condition my bristle hairs.

    xo, Krista | http://www.kristareneewilson.com

  • I’ve heard dish soap works wonders for brushes, as does olive oil! I tried oil once, though, and wasn’t too thrilled because it left an awkward greasy residue on everything. Dish soap will be my next try!

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