Tuesday, September 8, 2015

How to Deep Clean Makeup Brushes

I think we can all agree that cleaning our makeup brushes is quite the chore.  Over the years, I've tried many different cleansers and techniques and I feel like I've found the best products that will make this process quick and much less painful.

The items I recommend are the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat, Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Pure Castile Liquid Soap, and Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner.

Disclaimer: Please forgive the dirty cleaning mat, my liquid foundation seems to have stained the plastic.

Best Products to Clean Makeup Brushes

The Sigma Brush Cleaning Mat retails for $32 and in my opinion is worth every penny!  

Sigma Brush Cleaning Mat

The mat features 7 textures to wash eye and face brushes.  

Sigma Brush Cleaning Mat

It includes suction cups on the back so that it will stick to your bathroom sink for secure placement.

Sigma Brush Cleaning Mat

Sigma Brush Cleaning Mat

I truly can't imagine cleaning my brushes without the Sigma Brush Cleaning Mat anymore!  It makes things so much quicker and really aids in deep cleaning my kabuki brushes.  You can purchase it from the Sigma website and don't forget to use code SIGMA2017 for 10% off your entire order!

I've used face cleansers, clarfiying shampoos, and various brush cleansers to wash my makeup brushes. These always worked ok.  I had heard that Dr. Bronner's Liquid Soap was a good option to wash makeup brushes so I recently purchased a large bottle.  I can honestly say that this is the best makeup brush cleanser I've used!  It's only about $10 for a large 16oz bottle and you don't need a lot to get your makeup brushes clean. I just squeeze a small amount over a few brushes and then swirl them on the matt while adding water.  You can purchase Dr. Bronner's at Target or Amazon.  I've only tried the Peppermint soap so I can't speak for the cleaning efficacy of the others.

Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Pure Castile Liquid Soap

The most difficult brushes for me to clean are my favorite Sigma kabuki brushes because I use them to apply liquid foundation.  It feels almost impossible to clean the foundation out of kabuki brushes.  I've discovered that Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner is the best makeup brush cleaner to really deep clean makeup brushes.  It really just kind of sucks makeup right off the brush, even liquid foundation! Unfortunately it's very expensive, an 8oz bottle is $24.  I purchased the small 2oz spray bottle and I use it only for my kabuki brushes and it's lasted me a good amount of time.  You can purchase Cinema Secrets at Sephora or Amazon

Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner

I know this is kind of gross but it's a real life photo of me cleaning 1 week's worth of liquid foundation out of my kabuki brush.

How to Deep Clean Makeup Brushes

Those are my recommendations for the most efficient way to clean your makeup brushes.  What are you favorite makeup brush cleaning products??

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