- Olive Oil (I've decanted mine into a bottle with a dropper)
- Baby Shampoo (I transferred mine into a smaller bottle)
- Textured Silicone Oven Glove
- Brush Guard
- Mix a couple drops of Olive Oil with Baby Shampoo on the glove
- Wet brushes and dip them in the Shampoo & Oil mixture
- Swirl each brush through the glove ridges to work the cleanser into the bristles
- Rinse under running water, using the ridges to remove all traces of soap
- Add more Shampoo to the glove (no oil needed this time).
- Swirl each brush in the cleanser & glove ridges to remove all traces of make-up from the bristles
- Rinse and repeat if necessary
- Squeeze the water out and slip on a Brush Guard
- Stand the brushes upside down to dry
- I've been using the Baby Shampoo & Oil Mixture on my brushes for several years now. The baby shampoo is delicate enough to use on all brush types including natural fiber ones. The oil conditions the bristles while lifting off all make-up residue - it is definitely stronger than using Soap/Shampoo by itself. It is especially helpful in removing makeup residue from white bristles.
- The Brush Guard has been a staple for me since 2010 - it lets you dry brushes upside down so that water doesn't build up in the ferrule and loosen the bristles over time. It also reshapes the bristles so that your brushes look new after every wash.
- Before I purchased my glove, I used to clean each brush in the palm of my hand - this was very drying on my skin! The textured glove protects your hand while making it easier and faster to clean all your brushes - and the non-absorbent surface means that you end up using less brush cleanser!
The silicone glove technique is something I learned from Makeup Savvy (read her post here). She discovered that an oven glove was a MUCH more affordable alternative to the Sigma Brush Cleaning Glove ($35). My glove cost $4 on clearance at Winners - SUCH a bargain! The Sigma version has different textures for different purposes (i.e. Rinse, Refine & Wash) but the ridged surface of the oven glove is sufficient to achieve the same level of cleanliness.
For a demonstration on how to clean your brushes using a silicone glove - watch Tiffany D's video here. She uses the Sigma Glove but you can follow the same technique with your oven glove!
I love learning new techniques from blogs and Youtube. Hope you liked this post and found it helpful!
How do you clean your makeup brushes?