I hate cleaning brushes. Despiiiiise. I’m the worst at keeping up with it. I’ll do my makeup, throw my used brushes into a container, and forget about them.. until I am out of brushes entirely, and have about 500 that i need to wash all at once. It also doesn’t help that when I do tutorials, I usually do the prep eye (that isn’t done on camera) in my room so I can watch TV while I play around with colors, and then forget the brushes in there when I go to film.. aka, double the brushes for one look. I suck!
Needless to say, I go through brush cleaner, FAST. The one I’ve used for years is MAC’s, and it’s fine, just expensive when you are constantly going through it. A few months ago, I finally thought “there HAS to be a DIY brush cleaner recipe out there, there just has to!”
FYI- whenever you think something along those lines in terms of makeup, Enkore is usually the answer. 95% of the time.
Koren has a video up that he made years and years ago (2007!) that is so easy, and I can almost guarantee you have all of these ingredients on hand, right now. It’s just SO simple, and if you’re like me and go through brush cleanser like it’s your job, the recipe is cake to double, triple, quadruple.. :)
The recipe shown below is me doubling the original recipe, and I was able to fill two old 8oz brush cleaning bottles, along with my little spray bottle I keep around for spot cleaning.
What you need:
2 Cups Distilled Water I just used filtered
1/2 Cup Isopropyl Alcohol The Higher the alcohol content, the cleaner the brushes. I use 91%
1TBS Dishwashing Liquid
1 TBS Clear Shampoo I recommend using baby shampoo if possible. I didn’t have any, so I opted for some hotel shampoo I had
2 TBS Leave-In Conditioning Spray
Mix it all together (Easiest in a bowl or cup with a spout, so you can pour it into your container) and viola! Done. This costs you pennies and gets enough brush cleanser to last quite some time. I highly recommend trying it out, and never waste $10 bucks on a cup of brush cleaner again!