After you find the perfect makeup brushes, you have to think about cleaning them, which is arguably just as important. The AOA Brush Cleaning Egg makes washing less of a drag and much more efficient. Believe me when I say this baby is a game changer for keeping your brushes free of germs and grime. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. Beauty bloggers including KathleenLights rave about it, too. This handy tool takes the same concept that everyone loves about the Sigma brush cleaning mats and gloves and applies it to a mini, egg-shaped silicone glove that slips onto your middle and index fingers. It’s so tiny that you can throw it in your makeup bag as a constant reminder to keep your brushes clean. (TBH we need all the help we can get.) Oh, and it’s only a dollar.
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You don’t have to ditch your favorite brush cleanser in favor of this tool. Instead, the AOA Brush Cleaning Egg will make it work even harder. Here’s how it works: After sliding the tool onto your fingers, you apply the brush cleaner to your brush. (We’re fans of Mario Dedivanovic’s baby-shampoo-and-tea-tree-oil recipe.) Then, you swish your brush along the ridges of the egg. While the cleanser does its antibacterial thing, the grooves of the egg help scrub away all the nasties that have been building up in the nooks and crannies of the bristles. Finally, you rinse your brush until the water is clean before laying it flat to dry. See—together, the cleanser and brush cleaning egg create a deep-cleaning duo.
Before using the silicone tool, I would basically stab my brushes against the side of my sink to dislodge all the unwanted dirtiness stuck in the center of them. Not only did I have to clean my sink afterward, my brushes also hated my process. The bristles would end up damaged and splayed all over the place. Subbing in the $1 egg seriously saved me money in more ways than one. I don’t have to ditch my mangled brushes, and the easy addition costs me less than a peppermint mocha latte, as well as the popular Sigma versions.
Want to try it out for yourself? You can buy the AOA Brush Cleaning Egg now for, again, $1, on shopmissa.com.
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