I swear washing my brushes is the most relaxing task, I love it! I did a massive cleaning last night which included all of my brushes and my mom's brushes, so I thought I'd share with you guys what I use to get them squeaky clean.
Johnson's Baby Shampoo Calming Lavender
Baby Shampoo (any brand) is a really great option for washing your brushes for a variety of reasons! For starters, its pretty much dirt cheap, I grab huge bottles like this for around $3.00 and it lasts ages which is amazing to me since I clean an absurd amount of brushes with it on a regular basis! Obviously as its meant for use on babies, Baby Shampoo is incredibly gentle and you can be sure it won't harm your brushes and make them brittle. I've used the Johnson's since I bought my brushes back in February of last year and they still feel as soft as the day I bought them! Baby Shampoo lathers really well and I haven't had any issues with it getting my natural/synthetic brushes completely clean even when they have gel eyeliner, foundation, etc. on them. One little thing I'm not really a fan of is the strong scent Baby Shampoo leaves behind. I prefer the lavender version over the regular yellow Johnson's just because its a little less overwhelming/doesn't linger as long in the actual brush.
MAC Brush Cleanser
I purchased the MAC Brush Cleanser the same time I got the Johnson's Baby Shampoo as I had heard everyone talk about this being the best for spot cleaning. Despite what it looks like in the picture, I do actually have quite a bit left that you can't see because the bottle is on its side! I do use this cleanser sparingly as its outrageously expensive for what it is and how often you need to use it. If you try and use the MAC Brush Cleanser by just pouring it on a paper towel and then swirling your brush clean, you'll blow through this so fast! I purchased a separate spray bottle that I pour the Brush Cleanser into and spray onto my brushes, then wipe. It works like a charm and has really helped this cleanser last. I only use the MAC Brush Cleanser when I need to quickly clean a brush and for my foundation brushes. This doesn't dry as quickly as people claim, you definitely need to wait a good 5 minutes until your brushes are useable again but its totally worth it since this cleanser gets the brushes amazingly clean. That's why I use it on my foundation brushes as dried foundation is such a pain to get out of really dense synthetic brushes, but this works like a charm! You can only get the MAC Brush Cleanser at freestanding MAC stores or online, which is a bit of a pain since its not easily accessible and I know I'm going to need another one soon!
So that's it guys, the only two products I use to keep my brushes clean. Tell me what you guys use to clean your brushes, and if you have any suggestions for things I should try let me know!