So, let’s talk about makeup brushes and my DIY makeup brush cleaner recipe.
I’ll admit I didn’t even own a makeup brush until last year. I used to just apply makeup with my fingers because I felt I never wore enough makeup to justify buying fancy tools. My makeup bag literally consists of four items. And also, who doesn’t like finger painting?!
Then I bought a makeup brush last year (notice, singular – I’ve not gotten carried away with myself!). After that, I wondered what on earth I’d been doing all these years. It’s so much easier!
Do You Need to Clean Makeup Brushes?
The thing about makeup brushes is that whilst they do make applying makeup so much easier, they do need regular cleaning. This is to help keep your skin clean and healthy. Without cleaning your brush, you’re just brushing dirt and bacteria around your face. Which, let’s face it, isn’t so appealing.
I’ve been trying out a few different methods to make a DIY makeup brush cleaner and have decided that this natural makeup brush cleaner recipe is a) by far the simplest and b) by far the best. When it comes to cleaning makeup brushes, no-one wants to be messing about with lots of different ingredients. Therefore, I think it’s best to keep it simple.
The main ingredient I use in this recipe is Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap*. I use this in lots and lots of different ways around my home, and always have a bottle in my bathroom cupboard. It’s a little on the pricier side of things, but you only ever use it diluted. Therefore it does work out at incredibly great value.
The thing about Dr. Bronner’s is that it’s certified organic and made with only pure plant oils, so there are no nasties in it whatsoever. It’s also incredibly gentle on your best makeup brushes.
DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe
Here are the steps you need to make this all-natural cleaner.
50 ml lukewarm water (approx 2 inches of water)
1 teaspoon of liquid castile soap*
50 ml of white vinegar
Please note, when using this makeup brush cleaner recipe, please don’t leave your brush sitting in water. You only want your brush to be in the soapy water for as long as it takes to clean your brush. iIt doesn’t need to steep for any length of time, otherwise, it may damage the metal and/or wooden components of your makeup brush, shortening its lifespan.
ps: check out my guide to zero-waste and plastic free makeup if you are looking to upgrade your makeup supplies.