When I was in cosmetology school, my instructors taught me to clean my makeup brushes with shampoo and conditioner. They said, “Makeup brushes are made of hair, so why would you need to treat them any differently than the hair on your head?” And I agreed with them.
Today I use a mixture of water and baby shampoo because it’s gentle and inexpensive. I only use conditioner when my brushes are feeling dry and brittle. I also like using a brush egg to speed the process up and the best part is that it’s only a couple of dollars on Amazon!
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Brush egg (optional)
1. Fill a bowl with warm water and add a squirt of baby shampoo. The ratio should be about 1 part soap to 3 parts water.
3. Now dip the bristles into the soapy water but do not let the makeup brush soak in the water! This allows the water to seep into the brush ferrule (the area that holds the brush bristles in place), softening the glue and shortening the life of your brush.
4. Once the bristles are wet, work them into the ridges on your brush egg. If you do not have a brush egg, you can use your hand.
5. Rinse with clean water.
6. Repeat steps 3-5 until the bristles are completely free of makeup.
7. Remove as much moisture as possible by pressing the brush in between a towel.
8. Reshape the bristles.
9. Lay the brushes flat to dry. I like to extend the bristles over the edge of the towel or the edge of the counter for better air circulation. Whatever you do, don’t leave them standing up in a cup to dry! As stated earlier, this will allow too much water into the ferrule, shortening the life of your brush. I know I just repeated myself here, but it’s that important!
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.
Photos by Nik Roberts