This is the genius brush cleaning hack Kim Kardashian's makeup artist uses
Of all the most satisfying things in life – soft-close drawers, peeling the plastic off a new phone, and cracking the top of a crème brûlée included – using freshly washed makeup brushes has to be one of the best.
Most of us probably don't clean them as often as we should, which is both bad for your makeup and kind of gross, but it's also a shame because washing those bad boys brings anyone immense joy. I mean, the only thing equal in satisfaction to watching old foundation wash out of bristles is the sensation of clean brushes sweeping across your visage.
But despite that, many of us can't be bothered to clean our brushes monthly (weekly for foundation and concealer brushes!) because of the time it takes for the water to run clear. Seriously, it feels like there's more product left in the brush than the bottle sometimes!
But that might all change now, thanks to a hack that comes from the Glam Master himself, Mario Dedivanovic. The celebrity makeup artist has been working with Kim Kardashian as her go-to makeup artist for many years now, and he's recently revealed the secret to thoroughly and easily cleaned makeup brushes.
In a recent Instagram video, Mario explained how he has been using Philosophy's Purity Made Simple Cleanser for 18 years, ever since he worked at Sephora as a teenager. He clued onto the skin cleanser product after noticing how many people would come into the store and ask for it. He praised it for its ability to remove all traces of eye makeup, while at the same time being gentle and not drying his face out after using it in the shower (like many cleansers do).
And it turns out that it's also incredible for cleaning makeup brushes. It's kind of a no-brainer, right? Cleansers are designed to lift and remove makeup from the skin, so why wouldn't it do the same for brushes? The foolproof method from Kim's MUA is super simple, and important considering that he'd need to be cleaning a hefty amount of brushes each week.
The cleanser is also much better for your brushes than other soaps because just as it preserves skin's optimal hydration levels – it won't leave brushes feeling dried out or too bristly either. Why haven't I thought of this before?!
The reason you should be cleaning your brushes regularly is because the more they get caked with product, the more stiff they become. Not only does this mean you'll find it harder to blend and be left with streak marks, but it also irritates your skin. Abrasive brushes might damage your face, and dirty brushes also carry a lot of bacteria that cause blemishes.
Plus, dipping bacteria-ridden brushes into makeup will spoil the products and shorten their shelf life, meaning you'll have to replace your products (and brushes!) more frequently.
Well, if it's good enough for the mastermind behind one of the world's biggest beauty moguls, then it's good enough for me!