Wednesday, July 10, 2013

DIY: Makeup Brush Spot Cleaner

Hello Beauties,

If you're anything like me, you probably hate washing makeup brushes! But sometimes its good to give your most used brushes a quick clean every couple of days - or after each use, if ya fancy! :-)

Here's a quick and easy DIY to make your own spot cleaner at home if you don't want to shell out the bucks for a store-bought bottle.

A deep clean with soap and water should be done about once a week, especially for brushes used for creme or liquid products. Powder brushes have a little more lenience but it just makes sense to get it all over with, right?

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, lets get on with this easy DIY!

All you need are:
  • Rubbing/Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Filtered/Bottled Water
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Empty Spray Bottle 
Combine 1 part Alcohol, 3 or 4 parts Water and a few tablespoons of Baby Shampoo in the empty bottle. The actual measurements will depend on the size of your container but this ratio should work just fine. Its not a science, people! :-)

You will want to be careful not to use too much Alcohol because this will dry out the brush hairs. Also, be conservative with the shampoo so as not to make it too soapy since this method does not involve rinsing.

To Use: Spray your new spot cleaner on a paper towel or washcloth and gently rub the dirty brush back and forth until it looks clean. Just remember, this isn't meant to "deep clean" the brushes. This is most useful for removing eyeshadow from brushes when you want to switch colors.

As you can see from the photo above, the solution works pretty well with powder products but it takes more effort for the creamier varieties.

You can add as many ingredients as you would like to the solution. I have seen some with Leave-in Conditioner, Tea Tree Oil and Dish Washing Liquid. Its up to you! Alcohol is the main ingredient because it kills bacteria in the brush but experiment to find out which version you like better.

How do you clean your Makeup Brushes?

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  1. Thanks for writing this blog. Im on the hunt for the perfect spot cleaner, but DIY of course, why spend the money when you can do it yourself with stuff you probably have hangin' around!

  2. I have read your post and i think it's useful. Thanks for the sharing this website. It is very useful professional knowledge.
    On The Spot Cleaning


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