In an effort to help keep my skin clearer, I’ve been religious about cleaning my makeup brushes once a week. Cleaning my brushes regularly has helped in the breakout department–it makes sense, since I’m not constantly spreading dirt, bacteria and oil all over my face.
The only downside is, specific makeup brush cleaners can be a little pricey, so I went a DIY route and I have been really pleased with the results.
You will need:
-1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp unscented castille soap (I like Dr. Bronners–you can find it here, or at your local health food store)
Add the oil and the soap to the plate. Thoroughly wet your makeup brush and swirl through the soap and oil, pressing gently against the plate to create a lather.
Rinse your makeup brush under running water, continuing to swirl against the plate until the water runs clear and there are no more suds. Gently squeeze out any excess water and lay your makeup brushes flat on a clean cloth to dry.
In case you are wondering about the choice of ingredients for this DIY, here’s the lowdown:
Olive oil: First off, one thing you should remember is that like dissolves like. If you want to dissolve stubborn oil, you need to use another oil. Secondly, the olive oil helps condition your makeup brushes and keep them soft.
Castille soap: I’ve seen versions of this brush cleansing method that use Dawn dish soap, but that seems way too harsh to me! Castille soap on the other hand is gentle and natural, with no dyes or fragrances (perfect for the sensitive skin on your face!)–plus it’s great for cleaning and killing bacteria.
Easy-peasy right? Now there is no reason for you to have dirty makeup brushes. Go clean yours! Your skin will thank you.