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Michelle Phan the makeup artist suggests mixing washing up liquid with olive oil and using that to clean makeup brushes. I tried and it worked really well. It deep cleans but doesn't dry out the brushes.
Because when you use excellent quality brushes made from natural hair and not synthetic to prolong their use you must look after them with a product designed specifically for that reason. If you are using synthetic hair then use whatever you want on them but with natural fibers its particularly important.
Natural fibres = Goat Hair, Sable, Pony, Squirrel and badger to name a few.
I should use baby shampoo but I just use a squirt of liquid hand soap and water and a brief soak in a glass jar (not getting the wooden part wet). I do this weekly, no shedding, brushes mostly from MAC. I could also use dishwashing liquid. I don't think makeup companies have invented new surfactants specifically for brushes - they just want our cash
I experimented with eye makeup remover for sensitive eyes <another substandard product I'm using up> instead of soap but that didn't cut the grease and gunk
Good lathery shampoo/ antibacterial handwash. I also use brushguards to help keep their shape when drying (it does take longer though) and it is important not to get the handle wet or turn them upright when wet as the glue keeping the fibres in will come away.
I use baby shampoo and tepid water. I don't think it's what you use that's important but how you do it. It's best to hold them downwards under a tap so that water doesn't go into the part of the brush head that is stuck on to the handle. I also find gently dapping them on kitchen roll to absorb the water helps as doesn't putting the hairs back into the shape they're supposed to be so that's how they dry. I think ideally they should be dried upside down and I have seen a contraption that does that but it's expensive. Might try and think of a way to make my own!
Bit of a coincidence as I was watching a Lisa Eldridge video yesterday. She cleans hers in cheap 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner. She sometimes uses the brush cleaner if she is working, but for a proper clean - the shampoo.