I personally don't like paying for posh brush cleaners, whats the point?! the whole point in washing your brushes is to get rid of bacteria and all that lovely stuff! I see a lot of people using baby shampoo, which yes is good for your brushes, it isn't going to ruin them but it also isn't going to clean them! There is a difference between them looking clean and actually being clean so with out further a do this is how I clean my makeup brushes...
Yes that is Extra Virgin Olive Oil and hand soap! Both out of the my bathroom (I also use Olive Oil on my face but that's another blog post) So like I said you don't need to break the bank, both of these products are cheap as chips and have other uses so you get your money's worth. I use any ANTI BACTERIA hand soap, this cleans the brushes properly, it kills all the bacteria on your brushes and cleans them and makes them look shiny and new again. I use the Olive Oil for two things, Olive Oil breaks down oil, so this will break down all the makeup on your brushes making sure every bit of makeup is removed. It also adds moisture back into your brushes so for everyone too scared to ruin their brushes with a hand wash then don't worry, the olive oil moisturises the brush hair as well as helping to clean it. Converted yet? I honestly find this way of cleaning my makeup brushes the best, they look and feel like new and I know all the nasty stuff has gone because of the hand wash! So here's what I do...
1. Pour some hand wash onto a plate then add some Olive Oil, don't use to much Olive Oil or you'll be there forever rinsing your brushes, only a small amount will do!
2. As you can see get your dirty brush and dip it into the hand wash and Olive Oil. Don't be scared of using to much, more is better!
4. As you can see you will see all the makeup coming out of the brush, keep going until the water runs clear. Once you can't see anymore makeup you could either carry on rinsing the brush so all the soap is out or repeat the first few steps to get it extra clean!
Now you need to lay them out to dry, I normally leave them other night! Your brushes need to air dry so as you can see in the picture I get a towel and role the ends so when I lay my brush it is at an angle, this prevents any water from getting into the handle. I also lay them over an edge so they can dry back into there original shape, if you lay them flat on a surface they'll dry with one side flat.
All lovely and clean!!
So that's how I clean my brushes :) I hope this helps some of you either save some pennies or save your skin, and remember try your best to do it at least once a week.