What do Estee Lauder, MAC, Clinique, Bare Minerals and hundreds of other brands all have in common? A tendency to charge outrageous amounts of money for approximately 3 oz of magical make up brush cleaner. Do we know what's in it? NO. Do we still buy it? YES. This semi guilty pleasure and seemingly necessary product ranges anywhere from $8-$30 on average and lasts all of two weeks. I'm not saying it doesn't work. It totally does. But what isn't working for me is the price tag.
So, if you're a DIY-er like myself (and/or hate throwing $20 bills at things like 'cleanser') than this post is especially for you.
Through out the years, I have cleaned makeup brushes in a variety of ways. Typically this includes using whatever misc shampoo I have on hand and scrubbing the shit out of them. Over and over until the sink water runs clear-isn This works, O-K but is always a bit of a production. After doing some research (why didn't I do this before now!?) and conducting a few experiments (just call me Bill Nye), I discovered a concoction that produces clean brushes, without scrubbing, in a fraction of the time. The best news is... it's fast, safe and inexpensive!
NOTE: This mixture seems to work best on eyeshadow, blush and contour brushes. For brushes that tend to be used with greasier products (i.e.- Anastasia Dip Brow or liquid foundations) I have found that rubbing the brushes under hot water and pure dawn cleanses more quickly and thoroughly.
What you'll need:
Distilled White Vinegar
Dawn Dish Soap
1. Fill the measuring cup with 2/3 white vinegar. Add a half teaspoon of DAWN liquid dish soap, and fill the remainder of the cup up with HOT water. (I had a measuring cup that only goes to about 1.5 cups but would recommend a larger size, especially if you have a LOT of brushes to clean...)
2. Place all of your brushes into the cup and let them sit for about 5 minutes in the hot mixture.
3. Lastly, rinse each brush under cold tap water for a few moments until the water runs clear. Lay brushes flat on a towel to air dry. VOLIA! Sanitary, fresh brushes that will keep your make up looking great longer.