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So, let’s talk makeup brushes and my natural 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!) and wondered what on earth I’d been doing all these years. It’s so much easier!
The thing about makeup brushes is that whilst they do make applying makeup so much easier, they do need regular cleaning 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 natural 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, so 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, so 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.
Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe
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 natural 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: it 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 it’s lifespan.