Monday, September 14, 2015

Homemade Makeup Brush Cleaner | DIY

Hello world!

Long time, no see! I’ve been trying so hard to find time to post after moving back into my apartment at school and starting a new semester, but things have been a little crazy! I’ve finally got some down time, so here we are :)

My skin has been acting up recently and I’ve been really frustrated since I don’t usually have a problem with breakouts.  More and more spots started popping up, so I took some time to think about what I might have been doing differently to cause this. Finally, I realized that it had been quite some time since I’d last given my makeup brushes a good cleaning. Whoops!

Clearly these guys were long overdue for a cleaning!

This is a super important thing to do every once in a while. As I learned the hard way, not cleaning your brushes can lead to a buildup of bacteria which can then lead to a breakout. And if you keep using brushes with bacteria all over them, your face will never get a chance to heal!
Once I realized this, I immediately gave them a thorough scrub down, and I have already seen major improvements with my skin.

There are certainly a lot of good store brand makeup brush cleaners, but I much prefer using ingredients I already have at home. They get the job done just as well and save money at the same time! What more could you ask for?

Here’s my go-to brush cleaning mix:

1 cup warm water
1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp shampoo (baby shampoo works best, but you can use any kind you have on hand)

Add these ingredients into a bowl, then give each brush a good swirl. If they really need a thorough clean, try dabbing it on the bottom of the bowl. You'll see more product come off than you thought your brush could hold!

I use a lot of brushes (more than any one person really needs), so after a while the water gets super dirty and gross. If this happens to you, just dump it out and repeat the mixture until all your brushes are clean.

My foundation brush made the mixture this dirty in only a few seconds. Ew.
Once you’ve cleaned your brushes, lay them on a paper towel to dry. If they became bent out of shape when you swirled them in the mixture, just reshape them with your fingers! 
I used to be scared of doing this with my more expensive brushes, but I promise, they will be good as new once you’re done!

Here's a look at some of my clean brushes. Something so satisfying about this haha

As always, thanks for reading. Wow, it feels good to be back! I’m going to try my best to keep up a regular schedule of posting now that I’ve gotten settled at school again. Be sure to check back soon for more posts like this!

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  1. love this, always looking for cheaper home made ways to clean brushes, as any decent brush cleaner seems to be so expensive.

    1. My thoughts exactly! This way is just as good and uses stuff you already have lying around the house!

  2. I always use baby shampoo, does the job brilliantly! I really need to clean mine they're terrible haha xx

    1. Hahah it's so satisfying when they're all clean

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  4. I was having bad breakouts and turns out it was one brush that I had forgot to wash! I use antibac hand wash!
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  5. I have been looking for a brush cleaning mix! Thank you so much. Great post :)


  6. Cleaning makeup brushes is the worst job! I also use Baby Shampoo, it's so cheap and does the job perfectly xo

  7. Thanks so much for the inspiration!