|MUFE Instant Brush Cleaner, $19.00|
|E.L.F. Daily Brush Cleaner, $3.00|
|The brushes I use regularly need to be kept clean|
I began to research recipes, and while there are many recipes out there that use a variety of ingredients from olive oil to dish soap, I prefer the simple approach:
3 easy steps, 3 products, one spray bottle.
|Keep your brushes clean with alcohol, essential oil and water|
|Step One: Add Alcohol|
Fill spray bottle (I use a small bottle, but any size will do) about halfway with alcohol. I use 91% Isopropyl alcohol, which can be found at any drugstore for around $2.00. You can also use a lesser percentage, but I feel that more bacteria is eradicated and the brushes dry faster using 91%.
|Step 2: Add essential oil|
Add 5-10 drops of essential oil of your choosing. I prefer lavender because I enjoy the calming scent, but you can use peppermint, jasmine, orange etc. This 1 ounce bottle ran me a little over $5.00 on Amazon, and it will last me for quite awhile. The oil not only takes away from the harsh smell of the alcohol, but also helps soften the brushes and prevents them from drying out... and adds a spa-like aura to your makeup routine!
|Step 3: Add water and shake|
Fill the rest of the bottle up with water and shake well. You can use distilled water - it's actually best to use it if you have hard water to prevent deposits and build up - but since I use tap water to wash my brushes and
I'm a little lazy I prefer to keep things simple,
I just fill it up with water from my sink.
After applying makeup, spray your dirty brushes generously; I use 3-10 sprays depending on the size of the brush and the product used (more for liquid foundation on a large brush, less for a small brush used for powdered eye shadow)
|Wipe off that gunk!|
Wipe the brush on a paper towel until it is clean (no more product comes off). You can do this once you are done applying all of your makeup, or in between applying each product (the way I do it). If you like to use the same brush to apply several products, you can lightly clean the brush in between each item used, as it will dry quickly because of the alcohol.
|Ahh - so fresh and so clean!|
Once all your brushes are clean you can put them away.
You are good to go for the next use!
Remember, this does not replace regular cleanings with soap and water!
Using a daily brush cleaner removes surface product, keeping your color application
true (no more muddy blush!) and preventing bacterial build up; however, you still must wash your brushes thoroughly every couple of weeks (more or less, depending on your makeup use)! Thoroughly cleaning brushes removes deep down buildup and grime that you can't see, keeping your brushes in great shape so they can continue to help
you look your best for years to come.
Do you clean your brushes daily? If so, what products do you like to use?
Thanks for reading! Until next time,