Happy Monday, everyone!
I hope your weeks are off to a beautiful start so far! I think today was the quickest Monday of my life as I'm looking forward to going home tomorrow to visit my family and eat some yummy food for the Thanksgiving holiday. In preparation for my trip home, this morning I cleaned my makeup brushes for admittedly the first time in way too long. So, I felt it was only natural to do a post on how I best like to clean my pesky brushes!
Cleaning your makeup brushes is essential for keeping your skin happy and healthy, but the process of cleaning brushes can be such a pain. Initially, I was cleaning my brushes just using anti-dandruff shampoo. However, I found that I was using up a ton of product and eating up a lot of my time as it would take several go-throughs for my brushes to feel even a tiny bit cleaner. Now I use the Sonia Kashuk Brush and Sponge Cleanser, which you can purchase for the low price of $6.99 from Target.
The instructions for this cleanser are quite foolproof - you simply wet your brush, spray some cleanser onto it, rinse off your brush, and repeat this process until the water from your brush runs clear. I like this cleanser because it is so simple to use. The spray bottle design is super convenient and allows you to target those pesky deep dirty patches in your brushes (I'm looking at you, foundation stippling brush). This was a major problem when I was shampooing my brushes, as I felt like I wasn't targeting the areas where makeup was really caked on the worst. The cleanser itself has a super subtle smell that I barely even notice. One small spray will cause even a large brush to get pretty sudsy, so a tiny bit of the cleanser goes a long way. My brushes always feel soft and fluffy after drying. I don't have any issues with the glue in my brushes separating after using the cleanser so long as I tilt my brushes down such that water runs from the bristles onto a towel rather than running down to the handle of the brush. Most importantly, the cleanser washes out from my brushes so that no residue is left on my bristles, preventing my sensitive skin from having to cope with any possible breakouts.
The only real issue I have with this cleanser is that my brush-cleansing process is not much shorter when using the Sonia Kashuk spray compared to using shampoo. However, this is likely my fault; I wait until my brushes are so dirty that they require multiple rinses to fully remove all product. There isn't a miracle makeup brush cleanser that will cure my poor makeup hygiene habits or laziness. If you hear of one that does, please hit me up asap.
Overall, if you're looking for a cheap brush cleanser that gets the job done, give the Sonia Kashuk Brush and Sponge Cleanser a shot! Make sure to comment below with your favorite brush cleaning products or tips and tricks that may motivate me to clean my babies more often!