How to Clean Makeup Brushes
June 15, 2020 | By Amy Carpenter
A well-circulated quote reads, “With a good makeup brush, every woman can be an artist.” The lesser-known quote? “With a good makeup brush and poor sanitizing tools, every woman can spread tons of germs across her face.” Admittedly, the second quote isn’t quite as catchy, but…you get the gist.
Thankfully, PhoneSoap isn’t just for phones; it sanitizes makeup brushes, hair care tools, and any beauty utensils that will fit inside — the possibilities, much like a good tube of Urban Decay eyeshadow primer, are basically endless.
Why we love it: While most foundation brushes are dense and flat or ultra-full and dome-shaped, Kat Von D’s brush finds the middle ground; it’s full enough to provide all the coverage you need, but sculpted and flat enough to give you extreme precision when applying your foundation.
What reviewers have to say: LeMiroir on Sephora.com writes, “I'm not into foundation brushes but I wanted to try the KVD foundation (usually using the Tarte Amazonian clay foundation) so I thought I'd give it both a try. Well, the brush blends well and does not "drink" the foundation (unlike the Tarte foundation brush) and washes extremely well. The angle on the brush is really great. I don't get streaks but I do apply my foundation twice (one by brush, second layer by hand) and I also mix a drop of oil in my foundation. I have never seen hair coming out of the brush when using or washing. So if you use a foundation brush I would recommend. I think someone at Sephora explained to me how to use this particular brush. Beautiful design too! I wish KVD would provide a travel case for it....”
Why we love it: Ever feel like all of your makeup never fully comes off? Like somehow, someway, traces of last week’s too-orange foundation are still caked on your chin? Sadly, you can’t put your head in the HomeSoap (seriously, folks, don’t try that at home), but you CAN use Clarisonic’s Mia Prima, which aims to give your skin that fresh, all-bare feel by removing long-lasting makeup and attacking blackheads as the brush glides across your skin at 300 rotations per second.
What reviewers have to say: Clarisonic user Courtney H. writes, “I have always struggled with my skin, from acne to oiliness, and since I turned 30 a few months ago I have decided that enough is enough! I'm going to start investing in my skin, so I decided on the Clarisonic Mia Prima. I have only been using it for a few days, morning and evening, and I can already tell a huge difference! My skin is so much smoother and looks like it's glowing!”
Why we love it: There’s a reason Esarora’s ice roller has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon out of almost 4000 reviews: it’s amazing. If you have puffy skin, eyelids, or have will-never-go-away-no-matter-what-you-do eye bags (ahem…ME), this product is a true lifesaver. (Plus, it’s great for anyone who suffers from chronic headaches.) It calms irritated and inflamed skin, helps to shrink pores, relieves fatigue…the list could go on and on.
What reviewers have to say: Amazon reviewer Jessica McRee writes: “I was skeptical about this product — I wasn't sure how it was much different than rolling any other frozen thing on your body. I'm beyond pleasantly surprised. I've used it for sinus pain, migraines, swollen neck glands, under eye circles/bags, inflamed acne, TMJ pain, [etc]...Not to mention, when used on my face, it leaves my skin feeling tight and wakes me up in the mornings. It also stays cold for forever, but it never sweats or leaves water behind. It's like magic.”
Why we love it: Who knew such a small tool could be so powerful?! (Oh wait — we did. #PhoneSoapForever) Another Amazon fan favorite, this mini curling iron packs a punch: it leaves you with tight, gorgeous curls that last for days! And this little guy gets hot fast — but because of its ceramic body, it doesn’t damage your hair the way other curling wands do, just leaving you with awe-worthy, healthy curls.
What reviewers have to say: Amazon reviewer Amber Shannon writes, “I have naturally curly hair, and on the day I shower, it looks perfect. Then when I wake up the next day, I have the dreaded bed head — flat on one side, puffy on the other, curls sticking up everywhere, etc. Even when I try to fix the curls by re-wetting them and putting in more cream or oil, it still looks kind of bad. I saw this curling iron being used on a popular fashion YouTube channel by a girl with curly hair, and I knew I had to have one to help me with my issues. AND IT'S PERFECT! I just work on the spots that need it and comb my fingers through to blend them in. Sometimes I use it for all my hair, and it looks like my natural hair except better styled. I simply adore this curling iron and I recommend it to everyone who's interested in purchasing. You will — not — be disappointed.”
Why we love it: Nothing says “I’ve got my life together” like a bold, defined brow — and Beautyblender’s three-way brow brush will give you the absolute best brows of your life. With angled bristles on one end and a spoolie/comb on the other, you can easily apply cream or powder to your brows and let this little brush work its magic.
What reviewers have to say: Sweett on Sephora.com writes: “I honestly don’t know why I bought this brush, but I’m glad I did. Bristles are firm but aren’t scratchy and produces the finest hairlike strokes. The thin width of the brush head really allows you to add fine detail the brow without making the brow look blocky. I kind of wish I had bought a backup.”
With these products and a PhoneSoap to match, your makeup game just got a whole lot better — and cleaner, too.
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