As I’m sure you all know by now, I am a working makeup artist, in turn, that means I use my brushes a lot, on a lot of different people, so I face two issues on a day to day basis.
1. Sanitizing my brushes so I’m not passing on any germs from one client to the next
2. Getting product off brushes so they’re clean to use for another client and won’t muddy any products I want to use
Over the years I have built a fairly substantial brush collection, so I am lucky that if I only have one or two clients, I can use completely separate brushes on each of them, however, if I am working on a large bridal party/shoot/show etc. I sometimes have to use the same brushes more than once.
This is where I need my spot brush cleaner. Most make up brands make one, and they come in a handy spray bottle that’s great to carry in your kit, spray on some bed roll, tissue or a towel and wipe off your brushes. As they contain alcohol, this kills 99% of germies and will remove most of the product from your brush. (Darker pigments are much much harder to shift and may take a few goes, and if they’re used on a white bristle brush, it will not remove the staining)
Needless to say, I go through brush cleaner like it’s going out of fashion, and at £8 - £30 a bottle, it get’s pretty pricey, so I decided I would try and make a brush cleaner of my own!
What you will need:
Isopropyl Alcohol – at least 70%, the higher the better! (easily and cheaply bought on eBay, can also be found in some chemists, but is a lot more expensive)
A gentle shampoo (I use baby shampoo)
Filtered water (It must be filtered/distilled)
dish washing liquid
A container of some sort (a jar/bottle or spray bottle work great)
A measuring jug
A spoon (for stirring)
OPTIONAL: – An essential oil of your choosing, this will help it smell good and condition your brushes (I go with lavender as not many people are allergic to it and it smells good!)
So here is what you do.
Grab your jug and pour in 2 cups of your distilled water
Add 1 cup of Isopropyl Alcohol (I use 91%)
Mix in 1 tablespoon of dish washing liquid
Mix in 1 tablespoon of baby shampoo
Add a few drops of your chosen oil, really, just until the alcohol smell isn’t as strong
This will also help kill any bacteria you may transfer if you suffer from acne or breakouts.
Mix it all up, get a dirty brush and give it a test, if you feel it isn’t cleaning enough, add a splash more alcohol and voile! You have your own makeup brush cleaner at a fraction of the cost! I usually fill up one big bottle and then pour some in to a small spray bottle I can take with me.
Let me know what you think!