How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

I see and hear other beauty people talk about how they never clean their brushes and I feel like I am in the abnormal.  I want to clean my brushes after every use!  Waiting to clean your brushes until they are so caked full of makeup that you look muddy isn’t good for your skin or your brushes and cleaning after every use is not good for the life of your brushes.  I try and restrict myself to cleaning my brushes one a week and I have tried a variety of cleansers and finally found a routine that gets my brushes squeaky clean!

One thing I have used that I think really makes a difference is using the Sigma Brush Cleaning Glove.  I have the mini version (which I can’t seem to find on their website). This may sound like a crazy tool that is a waste of money but it really does make a difference ( I think) in getting my brushes really clean.


So now onward to the cleaning products that did not work out so great.

1. Good Old Hand Soap


Out of the four cleansers I have used this is number 2 on the list in best bang for your buck.  It cleans my brushes ok and the price point is good and I already have this in the bathroom so its not something extra I am buying. If I don’t have my number 1 choice I will use good old hand soap.  I usually buy Bath and Body Works Anti-Bacterial soap for my bathroom and the Peach Bellini is what I currently have at the moment.  Bonus points for make my brushes smell nice!

Bath and Body Peach Bellini Anti-Bacterial Soap retails for $5.00

2. e.l.f. Studio Brush Shampoo


Don’t know what to say about this besides it doesn’t work…  It doesn’t get my brushes clean even using the Brush Glove. And honestly I think it may just be watered down hand soap.  e.l.f. has a lot of great products for amazing prices but this is one you should definitely skip.

e.l.f. Studio Brush Shampoo Retails for $3.00 4.1oz

3. BeautyBlender BlenderCleaner


This is by far one of my biggest regret purchases. I bought the set that includes this cleanser and two beauty blenders.  I ended up loving the beauty blender but hating the cleanser.  Reading the ingredient lists for the BlenderCleanser and the e.l.f. Brush Shampoo they are almost identical.  Which is another reason I am upset at having spent so much money on this product . Bottom line it does’t get my brushes clean using it alone or with the Brush Glove.

BeautyBlender BlenderCleaner Retails for $17.95 6oz

Ok I know you are all on the edge of your seats for what what is my favorite product to clean my brushes, are you ready for it?!?


I bought this soap for using on my face over a year ago.  I use my Clarisonic every other day and this is the soap I use with it.  It makes your skin really really clean and fresh and best of all it is multitasking product!  I love those, saves me time and money.  This is by far the best thing I have every used to clean by brush and my makeup sponges as well (like the beauty blender).  All I do is wet my brush swirl it on top of the soap until I get a good amount on the brush.  Then I run the brush over the Brush Glove a few times and then rinse the brush out.  I usually have to repeat this two times and my brushes which were once a shade of brown now have white bristles and look brand new!  Best of all this soap is super cheap and it lasts forever.  I have had one bar for almost a year now and have not even used half of it.  I keep mine in a soap keeper so it doesn’t get really wet and waste away.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Face & Body Bar  $4.54 3.5 oz

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