Yesterday, I went to the MAC counter to match my foundation shade and for the first time, I purchased a MAC foundation and concealer. YAY!!!
While the SA was helping me match my shade, I noticed that every time she cleaned the brushes, the cleaning solution which cleaned the brush didn’t wet the brush too much to render it useless till it dries. Since, it was expensive I didn’t purchase it, but a quick glance at the ingredient list made me realize that it is possible to make this solution at home for less than $5!
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• Spray bottle
• Surfactant – fancy word for a cleaning agent which lather but since it will be used for makeup brushes, use a mild shampoo; I used no more tear Johnson’s baby shampoo
• Rubbing alcohol – I used pure ethanol
• Filtered water
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Steps to Follow:
Step 1: Find a clean work space and spread a newspaper to prevent any spillage from ruining your workspace.
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Step 2: Start by adding small quantity of mild shampoo; 5% to be precise.
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Step 3: Fill the remaining bottle with equal parts of alcohol and water. I did so because I used pure ethanol, but if one buys a more diluted version of alcohol, then reduce the percentage of water accordingly.
Step 4: Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients.
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Step 5: Optional : Add an essential oil of your choice; I didn’t since it seemed futile, but one can as per their choice.
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Step 6: Test the solution – Lightly spray the brush with the solution and gently wipe the brush on the paper towel. It removes all the residual makeup and leaves the brush clean while mildly wet which could be immediately used for makeup application. If not in a rush, let the brush sit for a few minutes and the brush will dry soon since alcohol evaporates fast.
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Step 7: To make the cleaning solution to properly clean the brushes, fill a bowl with warm water, add a little vinegar and alcohol.
Dry the brushes in upright position so that water does not tamper with the glue holding the bristles in place. Let them sit overnight and one would get squeaky clean brushes.
I am happy with my DIY project because:
• It’s cheap (Less than $5).
• Has all the benefits of the MAC cleaning brush and cleaning solution.
• Does not harm expensive brushes.
• Will suit all skin types.
• It removes dirt.
Do try it and let me know how it works. 🙂
I urge all the readers to try this DIY and enjoy its potency. I can vouch for its efficacy and it will compel all the users to trash their useless and expensive brush cleaners.
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