Thursday, November 1, 2012

Makeup Brush Makeover

Jill and Rebecca are the makeup mavens around here (although I do have a little-known nail polish addiction. But I'll save that for another time). Slowly but surely their love of beauty products has rubbed off on me and my bathroom is filling up with all sorts of girly things!  One of my favorites is my foundation brush, which was a gift from Jill. She gave it to me a few months ago, and I am ashamed to admit that I have yet to clean it. Talk about gross! But I happened upon this tutorial for easily cleaning make-up brushes and found that it worked like magic!  I just had to share it (might help with washing that Halloween makeup out!).

*I wish I had gotten a "before" picture of my brush.  Unfortunately I was too excited to try this and forgot. But trust me, it was HORRIFYING!*

What You Need:
  • Dish Soap
  • Olive Oil
  • A Dish
  • Paper Towel
  • Filthy Makeup Brushes
 Pour equal amounts of the soap and the oil into your dish (soap to clean the brush, oil to condition the bristles). Since I was only washing out one brush I used about a 1/2 teaspoon of each. You can always add more if you need it.

Then rub your dirty brush around in the mixture and watch the makeup come right out of the brush!

Then rinse your brush under clean running water until the water runs clear. (The original post recommends not getting water into the metal part that holds the bristles but I'm not sure how to rinse it thoroughly and NOT get it wet. We'll see what happens!) Then reshape and lay flat on a paper towel to dry overnight.

My brush looks like new again! So happy I found this!  I'm sure Rebecca will be, too, since she let 7-year-old Jonah give her a makeover!

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  1. You just reminded me that I should do this. I shudder to think of when the last time was I cleaned my foundation brush...

  2. Thank you for posting this, I just did a blog and used your cleaning tips.

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  4. I like that it uses oil!! Great way to recondition your brushes. Try hanging the brushes so that the water drips out, I found that when I lied them down it still messed with the glue inside. =)