Wednesday, June 5, 2013

DIY: Makeup Brush Cleaner #SPDLinkUp

Hi Friends -

Welcome to my first Pinterest inspired DIY post!

So, after seeing Kristen and Jessica with their easy, DIY tutorials that I wanted to try; I thought I'd do a little of my own!

I've always worn foundation, with the exception of maybe a few months when I worked some place you didn't have to look nice and makeup was one of the first things to go.

Now, I wear makeup on an almost daily basis to hide my adult acne flaws...grrr! About five years ago I invested in a foundation brush, and I've never looked back. I was always a finger applicator before. Anybody else?

I use the Clinique Foundation Brush, retails for $32.50 and that's about average for Department Store brands from what I've seen.

Since I use my foundation brush daily I have invested in their brush cleaner a few times, which is $14. Boo. Who wants to spend that on a cleaner when you don't have to?

When I wash all my other brushes (not as often as I should) I use a mixture of warm water, vinegar and dish soap. It gets them nice and clean, but for the foundation brush you want a little extra protection from bacteria since it's a wet applicator.

To get started, you'll need to gather the following materials. Who knows, you might even have some of these just laying around your house like I did!

1 Cups Distilled Water (I just used filtered)
1/4 Cup Isopropyl Alcohol The Higher the alcohol content, the cleaner the brushes. I used 70% because that's what I had on hand, next time I'll get a higher percent.
1.5 tsp Dish washing Liquid
1.5 tsp Clear Shampoo
I used a sample from one of my Monthly Subscription Boxes, you can't tell but it IS clear.
1 Tbsp Leave-In Conditioning Spray also from one of my Monthly Subscription Boxes
2-3 drops of Tea Tree Oil (I used Melaleuca Oil, again something I already had) This adds a little more antibacterial protection.
The beauty of this recipe is you just dump all the ingredients together and voila!

You just combine all the ingredients in a container (bowl, glass) and if you use something easy to pour, you'll be able to transfer it to your storage container with ease!

Since I only have one 8 oz bottle, I cut everything down in half from the original post and switched up a few other things as well. I found the original pin here.

Now, I'm going to be honest and tell you I got a little crazy thinking it should be pink. *SMH*

Next time I won't add pink food coloring, but the Clinique Brush Cleaner is a light pink so I thought it'd be okay. I have used it a few times and it hasn't changed my brush at all, so I don't feel as dumb!

Now, to clean my brush I just spray it a few times on each side and then rinse it under running water while rubbing the brush between my fingers.

That's it!

Do you use a makeup brush cleaner?

If you give it a try, let me know how it goes!

Linking up with Katie and Stephanie for Saw it. Pinned it. Did it.


  1. I use baby shampoo for most of my brushes, and a Sephora spray cleaner for my foundation brush. I'll try your version when that runs out!

  2. I'll have to try this for sure! I'm using ELF brush cleaner right now, but I'd rather make some at home :)

  3. I've been a long-time user of Clinique's brush cleaner, but I'd love to try a DIY version! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is a must try! Thank you for trying this out!

  5. Awesome, I was in need of a cheaper brush cleaner!

  6. You just reminded me I need to clean my brushes ;) I would love to make one at home too! awesome idea.

    thank you for linking up!!


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