There are 3 best ways to wash your makeup brushes, from the very basic soap and water, to using a balm. Scroll down to find your favorite method, and then get those brushes clean.
1. Soap. Water. Hands. Done.
This is my personally preferred method for brushes and Beauty Blenders, because #easy, but you can’t just squeeze any ol’ soap on your precious brushes—you need to either use Dawn (the gentlest of antibacterial soaps) or none.
2. Baby shampoo and a bowl.
Hey, if baby shampoo works for the world’s most-sensitive, delicate creatures, then it’s definitely going to work for your makeup brushes. The upside to using baby shampoo over regular dish soap is that it conditions your brush’s bristles while removing gunk, without any stiff, starchy residue. The downside is that you won’t get the same bacteria-killing benefits, which may be a deal-breaker for some.
3. With a cleansing balm.
Makeup-brush cleansing balms are basically a cross between a bar of soap and baby shampoo. They’re generally formulated with a mix of oils (or, goat’s milk, olive oil, and palm butter) that are solidified in a little jar and lather lighting when you rub your brushes against them. The result: clean, soft, conditioned brushes.