How often do you clean your makeup brushes?

Let me be the first to answer that with "Not nearly as often as I should." Ahem.

When I do clean them, though, I generally just use good ol' soap and water, which gets the brushes clean, but does mean that they end up lying around the bathroom for hours drying off.

This Brush Cleaning Spray from Bobbi Brown is quick drying and easy to use, and while it's not supposed to be a substitute for a proper "shampoo", it should keep things looking and feeling fresh. Or so they say, anyway. What do people think about things like this? Do you think a special cleaner for your makeup brushes is necessary, or do soap and water do the job?

BUY: Bobbi Brown brush cleaning spray, $22

  1. I use a makeup brush cleaning solution from the Body Shop which gets the job done. I wouldn’t splash out on anything more expensive than that though, would rather spend the money on mascara!

  2. I use mild shampoo for my brushes. The Body Shop product Kirsty mentioned sounds interesting though. I’ll seek it out the next time I’m in there.

  3. As a makeup artist, I am really strict about cleaning the brushes in my kit. I wash them with vegetable soap and leave to air dry after every job. In between models on the same job, I disinfect with isopropyl alcohol spray to stop any bugs from being transferred.
    With my own brushes, I’m less strict, I’m afraid! I wash them about once a week.

  4. I don’t clean my brushes as often as I should, but when I do I just use my shampoo – I figure if it’s gentle enough for me to use on my hair then it’s ok for my brushes. I’ve always rather felt that brush cleaning solutions were a money-making attempt on the part of the cosmetic companies (call me cynical).

  5. I use a good moisturizing cleanser. Most quick clean products use copious amounts of drying alcohol. If I am doing make up on someone else, I do a squirt of hand sanitizer on a paper towel and dab the brush into it and wipe it on the towel till it is clean and mostly dry. It dries fairly quickly and is cheaper than brush cleaner. Even though I am pretty sure it has alcohol.

  6. I like to use Johnsons Baby Shampoo, as it’s really mild. If I’ve not got any of that, I use shampoos that I’ve bought but not been impressed with 🙂
    I wash my brushes once a week, generally, more often if they get saturated with purple eyeshadow, which happens surprisingly often 🙂

  7. For a quick clean I spray MAC brush cleanser onto a tissue and swirl the brush.
    For a deep clean I bathe them in Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and rest them on a towel to airdry.

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