Real Simple
September 13, 2019 8:53 am
Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.
Getty Images

Think fast: When is the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? If you can’t recall the last time your makeup brush set got a good, thorough scrub, or you simply don’t know the first thing about how to clean makeup brushes, you’re not alone. The act of keeping your makeup brushes squeaky-clean and free of foundation is easier said than done. In fact, it’s a mundane (yet absolutely crucial) task that often falls by the wayside for even the most dedicated beauty buffs.

“The reality is, some people never wash their makeup brushes,” says Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, an associate clinical professor at the department of dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center. Rather than remembering to clean your makeup brushes when (or if) the moment strikes, Dr. Tanzi recommends soaping up grimy brush bristles once per week to avoid acne and skin irritation.

Fortunately, a game-changing makeup brush cleaner exists that makes the bothersome task of washing your beauty buys that much easier.

Enter E.L.F.'s Solid Brush and Sponge Cleanser. I stumbled upon the cleansing palette during a ritual Target run, and it’s safe to say the $4 compact changed my beauty clean-up routine for the better. Unlike popular spray brush cleaners and liquid soaps, e.l.f.'s cleanser comes in solid form, and is formulated with charcoal to help detoxify and thoroughly clean even the grubbiest brushes. Aside from ridding brushes of everyday makeup residue (think: blush, foundation, and highlighter), the solid cleanser works its magic on Beauty Blenders and sponges, too.

“I love how easy and convenient it is to use,” wrote one fan, who gave the product a five-star rating. “It keeps my brushes and sponges squeaky clean without making a huge mess.”

In order to effectively deep clean your bristles, create a lather by wetting the dirty sponge or makeup brush in question and gently massaging it across the cleanser. Once you’ve worked up a lather, rinse the brush or beauty blender with warm water, and set it aside to dry overnight.

Pro tip: point your wet brushes downward when washing and never allow a wet brush to dry standing up, since water inevitably loosens the glue that holds your brush bristles together.

Try it for yourself by shopping the link below, and make cleaning your makeup brushes part of your weekly routine.

e.l.f. Cosemetics Solid Brush and Sponge Cleaner

Advertisement