Many advertisers and people convince you, that you need a 30 dollar brush shampoo and conditioner, yes they are nice and work excellent, but there are alternative ways. Anti-bacterial soaps and coconut oil/olive oil (to moisturize) can work just as well to clean those dirty makeup brushes. Cleaning your brushes are actually a daily task that must be done, if you have sensitive skin I recommend cleaning your brushes regularly. Bacteria and old makeup that is trapped in your brushes will cause a breakout and not apply your makeup as smooth. Lets face it, if you’re lazy like me, it is hard to wash your brushes regularly. If you’re in a rush and about to leave the house; simply soak your brushes until you get back!
Here, I applied some dish soap and coconut oil in a paper bowl (nothing fancy) and some water! You can soak them if that is the most convenient for you, or follow the next steps right away! I squeezed my makeup brushes under cool-warm water and dried with an old towel. Some might need more cleaning than others. Make sure you do not squeeze too hard because you might ruin some angled brushes. This is a very safe way for a cheap cleaning technique!
This next part is optional, but a quick way to clean brushes prior to the wash above or after, I suggest using this ELF makeup brush cleaner! (ONLY 3 DOLLARS!) It smells like lavender daisy goodness..ok maybe not exactly like that… but it smells good. It really makes your brushes softer and newer. I actually accidentally ordered this from amazon when I thought it was the ELF setting spray. I was happy with this mistake and I have found extremely useful. I just washed a few of my favorite and most used brushes and it they feel and look brand new!