Magic Soap That’s the Bane of Dirty Makeup Brushes

October 23rd, 2013 By  |  4 Comments   

Whether you’re a makeup minimalist who does little more than your brows, lashes and lips, or a die-hard diva who never leaves the house looking anything less than full-on drag queen fabulous, there is one task that binds all beauty babes together — washing makeup brushes.

Yeah, it’s not one of my favorite things in the world, mostly because I’m one of those makeup nerds who likes doing the little extras, like contouring my cheeks even when I’m just going to the corner store to buy bananas (no joke!), so I’m guessing that I probably use, and consequently have to wash, more brushes than the average gal.

Over the years, I’ve tried dozens, if not hundreds, of different brush cleansers, like baby shampoo, Wet Ones Wipes and both high- and low-end official brush cleaners, but my absolute favorite of all time has to be Dr. Bronner’s All-One Magic Soap.

It isn’t flashy, but it works! It even removes the hard-to-clean stuff, like dried foundation and concealer, in no time flat.

And you know how when your brush heads — the ones with the white bristles — become stained with red blush or electric blue eyeshadow? Yeah, Dr. Bronner’s gets those squeaky clean, quickly.

To top it all off, the bars are carried practically everywhere — drugstores, grocery stores, Trader Joe’s, Target — and they’re super cheap. Just $4.

It comes in a bunch of different scents, too, like Lavender, the one that’s my favorite. I usually wash my brushes at night, and the scent helps me relax. It turns a chore into a nice (or at least less annoying) ritual.

To wash one of my makeup brushes with Dr. Bronner’s All-One Magic Soap, first, I wet the dirty brush head, but try to minimize the amount of water I get on the ferrule (the metal part that connects the bristles to the handle), because I’ve found that when too much water gets up in there too often, it can weaken the adhesive that connects the brush head to the handle.

Next, I swipe the brush across the bar a few times to build up a sudsy lather.

Then, I take the soapy brush head, and swirl it around in my palm to loosen any dried product in the bristles.

Then I just rinse under running water (again, the head only, and not the ferrule).

When the brush looks nice and clean, I squeeze out the excess water from the bristles, and set the brush on the edge of my sink with the head hanging over the basin (so that air can flow all around it, and it’s not just sitting in a puddle), where I leave it and my other brushes to dry overnight.

Thanks to Dr. Bronner’s All-One Magic Soap, I wake up to sparkling clean makeup brushes encircling my sink.

Oh, yeah! — and when I just need a good all-purpose body soap, Dr. Bronner’s is that, too.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


4 Comments + Add Comment

  • It seems by reading the ingredients on the bar of soap that this could be good for the skin as well?

  • Karen! I think I commented on a similar post on your regular blog. I love LOVE this soap! I bought my first big bottle when I had my back tattoo first done. After it was all healed, I didn’t know what to do with all that soap! I don’t know why/when I used it to clean my make up brushes, but I have never looked back! I see other (more expensive) makeup brush cleaners out there, and I’m tempted to buy them, but why ruin a tried and true good thing? And an affordable one at that! Thanks for reassuring my choice in makeup brush maintenance :)

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