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on 2/9/2018 8:46:00 PM
More reviews by KelliaC
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I want to give a shoutout to the person who recommended using Castille Soap to clean your makeup brushes. I can't believe how well this works. I washed my makeup brushes tonight and they came out squeaky clean!! Not a trace of makeup. I'm so impressed and I wanted to second that using Castille Soap from Dr. Bonner really works!
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 12/9/2017 5:15:00 PM
More reviews by katmae24
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
I made the popular mix using water/rubbing alcohol/shampoo/dishsoap and it works very well. I didnt want to try any oil added recipes-- something about putting EVOO or any oil on a face brush wasnt a go for me (oil is hard to completely break down and wash out of something like a brush -- can go rancid if not completely rinsed with soap that can break it down like Dawn which seems counterintuitive and then you're putting oil on your face -- no thanks.) The mixture gets a little too liquidy for my liking (so gave 3 lippies for packaging) but its easy to make and to swirl with your brushes in a container. Rinsing is fast (even for a sponge) and the added santizing alcohol is really nice (and helps them dry faster!). This seems better than my old way of just cleaning everything with clarifying shampoo. Not so much soap/rinsing and the added sanitization of alcohol.ETA: After using this for a few weeks and daily - I can say that it works great, but I think I'll add less alcohol next time. I clean my makeup sponge daily (brushes monthly) and the original recipe for this uses 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol. I'm finding that using that on my makeup sponge daily is starting to make it fuzzy and warp the material a bit. Next time, I'll do 1/8 rubbing alcohol and add more soap to make it thicker. Works very well though!!!
on 2/25/2017 2:29:00 PM
More reviews by blueblueblueee
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium
A few months ago I began cleaning my Real Techniques makeup sponge with a mix of olive oil and some Ecover dish soap. The difference is amazing. Something about the oil really helps to slick out makeup. Previously I would just use dish soap to clean the sponge, and the process seemed endless every time. Even after 10+ minutes of rubbing the sponge with soap, rinsing it, and squeezing out the water, there would still be some discoloration. I hated it. But not only does the oil/dish soap mixture get out every trace of makeup, somehow I need to rinse the sponge far fewer times until I stop seeing suds in the water I squeeze out. In other words, the soap is easier to rinse out, too. Cleaning my sponge probably takes a third of the time now, and it's much cleaner at the end of the process.I've tried using this mixture on makeup brushes, too, but I have to say I don't notice a huge difference like I do with the sponge. I sometimes wear this heavy duty waterproof MUFE concealer, and so I do sometimes like using it on the concealer brush to get out the sticky, waterproof makeup. For my blush, highlighter, and eyeliner brushes, though, dish soap alone does about as good a job.
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 1/2/2017 12:42:00 AM
More reviews by pretty_please
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine
This is what I use to clean my brushes (including my beloved beauty blender): dish soap, bath and body works hand soap and a large spoonful of coconut oil...no exact proportions, just as much as needed for the amount of brushes. I mix it in a square flat bottom "bowl" and dip the brushes in and then rub them across my palm alternating between under the faucet and not until they are clean, of course I avoid getting the the metal holder wet and keep the water temperature mild. When the brush looks clean and the water runs clear and not soapy I squeeze the water out with a towel (cloth or paper) and hang the brushes upside down in groups to dry. With my beauty blender and any other sponge I saturate with water, then soap and massage it in. After that I gently squeeze it under the faucet until it's clean. My brushes end up so soft and obviously clean and fresh. I've never had any issues with this method and combo of things.
5 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 10/16/2016 9:22:00 PM
More reviews by bitchfork
Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine
That's one cool, cool diy idea. Like, the coolest cosmetic diy technique I ever experienced. That means a lot!So, when I'm on the prowl for something cosmetic I have the slightest, smallest perception I can do it myself, I'm on it. Mainly ending in terrible disasters and spending more than buying the real thing. It gets frustrating! But I had, HAD to give this a try. I literally had everything I needed at home. I own some brushes. Nothing expensive, nothing fancy, I think the one that costed me more is worth, like, 5 euros. I've been using fingers all my life so I'm a newbie in the fascinating brushes world. I own just a handful for the essential needs (foundation, blush, powder, concealer, kabuki,and two Real technique sponges) and I take good care of them, but I never went further than washing them straight on my shampoo-soaked hand and like, twirling the hair until the deed was done, and jumping in the shower right after. The results were okay but pouring that much water on them might ruin the base. Anyway, this diy cleanser kept on popping up in my MUA page, so eventually grabbed all the needed items and went for it:Some dish soapSome shampoo (Garnier's lavender something)Some conditioner (as above)Some alcohol (90%)A plastic glassI put everything in the plastic glass and dipped the brushes one by one.I have this Revlon foundation brush which is lovely and does the deed but unfortunately, the only time I saw it fresh and clean (it has a white top of hair and the rest of it is black) was the day I opened it from the envelope. It turned beige forever when I first used the foundation, and no amount of soap and hot water ever cleaned it. Well, I dipped it for like 5 seconds, rinsed, and it was as white as freshly unboxed. AMAZING!The other brushes were just fine and needed literally a 2 seconds dip to get nice and squeeky clean. I'm really entushiast of this method and thankful to the MUA community for providing such an interesting and easy way for cleaning brushes. I strongly recommend a try! Will try the spray technique asap.
6 of 6 people found this helpful.
on 5/25/2016 2:19:00 PM
More reviews by makeupjulia1
Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Brown, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I used this to clean my brushes and it only took a few minutes. It dried incredibly quickly as well. My brushes turned out clean and soft. Great DIY product.
on 4/25/2016 3:52:00 AM
More reviews by Momeramas
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
The best cleanser for brushes (and those darn hard-to-wash Beauty Blenders) is Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap. I like using the almond scented one, or the unscented. Get one of those small silicone mitts (for grabbing hot pans from the stove) and use it as an aid to get all the makeup off. Wet your brushes thoroughly, but try not to get the ferrule (metal part which holds the bristles) wet. Moisture will loosen the glue, so I don't recommend "soaking" the brushes in any type of solution for any amount of time. Squeeze some of the soap onto the mitt (you can cut it in half if you wish) and swirl your brush head against the ridges. Rinse thoroughly.
11 of 11 people found this helpful.
on 4/20/2016 7:49:00 PM
More reviews by CamiWillians
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
Can't go wrong doing it the cheap way (if you do it right ;)could turn out a variety of ways depending on your water source. As it says below, don't use soap because the ph level change. A little vinegar goes a long ways. :)
on 1/19/2016 5:54:00 PM
More reviews by petagal
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine
Since this brush cleanser if DIY, there will be many variations.I live in a hard water area (looking into yet another eco-friendly water treatment). I would not use soap because of the ph--just look at the scum that soap leaves on your shower.I like the produce cleanser as a "green" and excellent cleanser, followed by a good rinse with water + a touch of vinegar. I would not put conditioner on my face, therefore I would not put it on the brushes. I think it would have adverse effects on product and the face.
6 of 8 people found this helpful.
on 10/2/2015 1:40:00 PM
More reviews by Radha8779
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
This is an excellent brush cleaner and it's as cheap as can be! Super easy to make and at least as good as any other brush cleaner, great find on here!
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