Do you know what to use to wash makeup brushes? I used to buy makeup brush cleanser at the mall but I can’t find the same product anymore, not even online. Is there a way I can clean makeup brushes at home?
Lucy Ritzman, Northbrook, Illinois
It’s easy to wash makeup brushes with homemade cleanser. You can use two different methods, depending on whether it’s a brush for powdered makeup or cream. See the full details in this guide: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/the-ultimate-guide-on-how-to-clean-makeup-brushes/
When you’re cleaning powdered foundation or blush, follow these steps. First, rinse your brushes in lukewarm water. Work the bristles gently to force out the leftover makeup. Don’t get too close to the handle, so you don’t loosen the glue.
Then mix up a teaspoon of baby shampoo in a 1/4-cup of warm water. Dip the brush and swirl it around until it foams up well. Massage out any remaining makeup, then rinse under warm water. Once the water coming off the bristles is clear, stop rinsing.
Use a lint-free cloth like microfiber to pat the brush dry. Wrap it up inside the cloth and squeeze to remove water. Spread the bristles back into their proper shape, then lay the brush flat to dry.
When you wash a brush you’ve used for cream makeup, swirl the bristles in a little olive oil first. Then wipe it off with a paper towel. You might also try a silicon scrubber tool to work out leftover makeup. Then wash the brush in the mixture of baby shampoo and warm water. Pat the brush dry with a lint-free cloth, squeeze out the water, and let it air dry.
If you want to keep your makeup sponges in tip-top shape, you can soak them in soapy water. Be sure to rinse them and let them air dry.