I adore the glamour of makeup, but one of the most important parts of my makeup routine, and indeed one of the least glamorous, is the regular cleaning of my makeup brushes. Not only is it helpful to avoid a skin infection, but it's also key to preventing skin breakouts. When I begin to experience breakouts with greater frequency, I know my brushes need a good scrub. After all, makeup is great, but a radiant, blemish free complexion sans loads of makeup is even better.
When my brushes contain color pigmentation, as shown above, that does not wipe away after swiping on the back of my hand or on a paper towel, it's another sign my brushes should be cleaned.
My DIY makeup brush cleaner solution couldn't be more basic. I fill a small bowl with 2 parts liquid dish soap and 1 part olive oil. Then, I give the solution a good mix. I take each brush individually and swirl in the solution for a few seconds.
After swirling in the solution, I wipe the brush several times on a paper towel to remove the makeup residue.
I then swirl the brush in some cold water. I wipe the brush again on a new paper towel to make sure all the residue is removed. Once finished, I place the brushes, bristles down, propped against the side of a colander while any remaining water drips from the brushes and leave there until the brushes have fully dried. If you invest in more pricey brushes, you should definitely make sure not to dry them with the bristles facing up. Doing so will cause the bristles to fall out as the water dripping down will damage the bristles' attachment to the brush's base.
(all photos by Explore Handmade)