I have found the best way to clean brushes and beauty blenders is by mixing two parts baby soap to one part oil (you can use coconut, olive, almond, whatever oil you have on hand!)
- Mix two parts baby soap to one part of your preferred olive oil on a clean little plate or dish (don’t use paper plate, as the oil will seep through. use a plastic or glass one).
- Take your first brush and wet it just a little with lukewarm water. Make sure the brush stays bristle-side down throughout the entire process. If water gets into the middle tube part that holds everything together, it can loosen the glue, causing the bristles to fall out.
- Dip the damp brush into the soap mixture and coat it thoroughly. Next, work the mixture into the bristles using the palm of your hand and fingers. Continue until the soapy residue is makeup free.
- Rinse the brushes under lukewarm water until no soap runs from the bristles.
- I like to lay my brushes on a slant but you can of course just lay them flat. If you want to lay them on a slant, roll a dish towel like you would a yoga mat, and drape a paper towel over it so that most of the paper towel hangs off. (The paper towel should look like a slide coming down from the dish towel). Next, arrange the brush so the top of the handle sits on top of the towel, pitching the rest of the brush down onto the paper towel. This will allow your brushes to dry on a slant, while keeping moisture away from the ferrule.
Repeat with remaining brushes. Some make take two washings to get completely clean, depending on the amount of residue left behind. It may take overnight to dry but usually by day end they will be dry and you can place them where they belong.