The only thing more important than having quality makeup brushes, is keeping those brushes squeaky clean! Every time you swipe a dirty makeup brushes across your face, you’re swiping serious germs and bacteria onto your skin. Not only does this create a breeding ground for blemishes, but you’re also putting those gross germs back into your makeup, creating a less than pretty cycle of ickiness. Not to mention that your makeup application is going to suffer. How can you properly apply a bronze nude eye shadow, when the remnants of that dark smokey shadow are still hanging around your brush? We don’t have time for that!

So, I say all of this to say, wash those brushes ladies! I do a daily spot clean of my brushes with a spray cleaner and paper towel, and do a deep cleaning on the weekends. I think expensive brush cleaners are unnecessary, and for ages I’ve used plain ’ole baby shampoo. With a couple of lathers, it always got my brushes clean and left the bristles soft, and you can’t beat the price. Earlier this year I picked up a DaVinci brush cleaner bar on a whim from Alcone while on a trip to NYC, and I fell in love with it. It tore through the heaviest, most pigmented makeup with just one lather, drastically reducing my brush washing time. Plus, I liked that it was a solid bar and felt it was more convenient.

I was bummed when I used it up and couldn’t find it locally, so I set out to find a replacement. The DaVinvi brush cleaner was basically made up of vegetable based soap, so I headed to Whole Foods to see what I could find. They had tons of vegetable glycerin based soaps, but I was drawn to the Whole Foods 365 Vegetable Glycerin Soap. It was less than $2 and came in several naturally scented varieties, but I decided to go with Unscented. I tried it out that weekend and was pleasantly surprised! Much like the DaVinci brush cleanser, it got my brushes squeaky clean with just one wash, and the bristles dried soft and smooth. This is now my go-to makeup brush cleanser and I highly recommend it. If you’re near a Whole Foods pick up a bar and wash those brushes!