I don’t know about you but washing my makeup brushes is probably one of my least favourite activities ever. It comes in after cleaning my cats litter boxes and doing the dishes but at the same time, we all know how incredibly important it is to do it on a regular basis. If you aren’t sure why we need to wash our brushes let me break it down for you.
Makeup brushes are breeding grounds for bacteria, all of the liquids and creams can get stuck down in the bristles and cause bacteria to grow. This bacteria can then lead to acne if you use it on your face. So it is so incredibly important to spot clean your brushes between each use with either a designated cleanser or pure alcohol.
Spot cleaning is only the beginning, you really need to give your brushes a full on spa session every week or so. I like to take the time every Sunday to thoroughly cleanse every brush and sponge that I have used over the past week. If you have enough brushes that you can rotate what you are using then feel free to space the cleansing sessions farther apart.
When it comes to that intense cleanse, there are a number of methods you can use from dish soap, baby shampoo, liquid brush cleanser to solid soap cleansers. I have always use liquid cleansers but I was getting really tired of the mess so I wanted to try a solid version, I went back and forth between the Beauty Blender brand and the Sephora Collection but eventually the Sephora option won me over.
The Sephora Collection Dry Clean: Solid Brush Cleaner is a solid disk of soap that is designed to deep clean your brushes and remove all traces of makeup. It comes in a handy little compact with a twist on lid that locks tightly to ensure you can take the cleanser with you wherever you go.
It contains Argan Oil to condition your brushes while it breaks down all of the germs and leftover residue. It has a slight scent that Sephora describes as “Moroccan”, I just think it smells like heaven and luckily the scent transfers to the brushes themselves for a subtle whiff of warm vanilla while you do your makeup. It is also completely free of dyes, irritants, parabens, sulphates and phthalates.
It is ridiculously easy to use and so much more convenient than a bottle of cleanser. You simply unscrew the cap, wet your brush, swirl it in the soap under the water until the water runs clear and then squeeze out the excess. Afterwards just lay your brushes on a towel with the bristles leaning over the edge to prevent them from becoming miss-shapen and you are done. Let them dry overnight and you are good to go.
The Sephora solid cleanser is a little thing of magic, it is so crazy easy to use but it really does do the job. It gets every last little spec of makeup out of my brushes and sponges in a matter of seconds – it has probably cut my brush washing time in half! It packs a punch in the cleaning department but the Argan Oil is a really amazing addition because it really does make sure that your brushes feel soft and conditioned no matter how many times you clean them.
I’ve been using this cleanser for 3 months and with weekly washings my brushes still feel like they are in perfect condition. I think it is the absolute best way to get those brushes clean and I have a a couple stockpiled because I don’t want to run out!
The Sephora Collection Dry Clean: Solid Brush Cleaner retails for $17 CAD and you can buy it online or in store!
How do you wash your brushes? What is your go to product?