How do you clean your makeup brushes? And how often?
If you have sensitive and/or acne-prone skin, you must, repeat: MUST! 🙂 keep your face brushes squeaky clean 🙂 Makeup brushes can harbor so many gross bacteria especially those used with liquid products like foundation. So I tend to wash my foundation brush, my pink sponge, and my powder brush every time before I use them. Since I don’t wear foundation on a daily basis however, the times I wash them varies, but I just make sure their clean before they touch my face! 🙂 If you have normal skin, I’d suggest washing them once a week.
I’ve tried DIY brush cleaners but never felt they did a superb job, and since I spend a lot on brushes I wanted to invest in a good cleanser to keep them fresh and clean. These are the three I’ve used in the past and really love!
1. Sephora Brush Shampoo
Size: 6.75 fl oz
This is a great brush cleanser and does the job well! It comes in a small travel size (2 oz) so it’s great for traveling. On the other hand, I recently discovered the MAC cleanser which costs less money, and has more product, so I switched over to that one.
2. MAC Brush Cleanser
Size: 7.9 fl oz
This is my favorite! Firstly, as stated above, it gives you the most bang for your buck and the quality is amazing. It leaves my brushes really nice and soft. (You can also return this with Back 2 MAC!)
3. ELF Brush Shampoo
Size: 4.1 fl oz
This is obviously a bargain for $3, but unfortunately I am not a huge fan because it leaves my brushes very dry. I do however use this to clean my eye makeup brushes from time to time, and it does a great job. I recommend this one for someone just getting into makeup and experiment with different brushes and products. I keep one of these as a backup whenever I run out of my MAC one.