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.


6 comments:

  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!

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  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 :)

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  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!

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

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