We all know that cleaning our makeup brushes is important. But, what is the best way to clean them? What products should you use? I’ll be testing a brush cleanser and several household items to see which products thoroughly clean my brushes.

Today, I’ll be testing the Mac Brush Cleanser, dishwashing soap and extra virgin olive oil. If you want to clean your brushes with any of these, you’ll also need cotton pads.

I poured the Mac Brush Cleanser on a cotton pad and started to massage my damp brush into the pad.

I did something pretty similar with the dishwashing soap and olive oil. I poured the dishwashing soap and olive oil into separate bowls and dipped my damp brush into either the soap or the oil and worked that into the cotton pad.

Don’t forget to rinse your brushes with lukewarm water. Wipe them with a paper towel and lay them flat to dry.

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Mac Brush Cleanser, dishwashing soap, extra virgin olive oil

As you can see the dishwashing soap didn’t do much for my brush. The makeup residue barely came off. The Mac Brush Cleanser did a pretty decent job, and so did the olive oil. The olive oil actually made the bristles feel really soft, so guess that’s a big plus for the olive oil.

Still, none of these cleaned the brushes thoroughly. Both the olive oil and the Mac Brush Cleanser mostly cleaned the tips of the bristles. If you look closely you’ll see that there is still some makeup residue left near the barrel.

There is a way to fix that though! You’ll just have to get your DIY groove on.

I mixed the olive oil and the dishwashing soap together and cleaned my lip brush [see pic below]. All the makeup residue and dirt came of after I rinsed the brush with water.

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes


The Mac Brush Cleanser will clean your brushes. It isn’t a bad product; although I find that it doesn’t remove all the makeup residue (especially the makeup closest to the barrel). My dishwashing soap wasn’t the best to clean the brush with. Maybe it’s the soap, maybe the technique, who knows. It may work for you. The extra virgin olive oil removed the makeup residue and made the bristles feel soft, but like the Mac Brush Cleanser is also didn’t remove all the makeup residue. I also wonder if the extra virgin olive oil actually disinfects the brushes. The soap and the Mac Brush Cleanser (which contains alcohol) most likely do.

For now, my favorite brush cleaner has to be the dishwashing soap mixed with extra virgin olive oil, since these two together remove all the dirt and makeup residue and also disinfect the brush.

I’ve also heard that people prefer to clean their brushes with shampoo or soap. Maybe those work even better, find out here.

What’s your favorite way of cleaning your makeup brushes?

Love, Izzy

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