I bought a starter set of Face Secrets brushes a couple years ago at Sally Beauty Supply, I had always used the applicators that came with the makeup before that. If that's what you're doing, you are seriously missing out. My starter brush set was about $15 and I still use them!
Over about a year, I collected a few more shadow and liner brushes, so after they were all dirty, I bought a bottle of brush cleaner at Sally's. The WHOLE bottle was gone after cleaning my brushes ONCE. After that, I decided to read a bunch of blogs and watch a ton of YouTube videos and find out what the best recipe is for your own homemade brush cleaner.
I watched an old Michelle Phan video about cleaning brushes using dish soap and olive oil. The dish soap acted as an anti-bacterial grease cutter and cleanser and the olive oil was supposed to keep the brushes soft.
However, I think it ruined my Kabuki and blush brush, they never quite picked up the powders the same ever again, I must have used too much olive oil or something.
I came across a YouTuber (EnKoreMakeup) who seems to have the perfect recipe though.
Home Made Brush Cleanser - EnKoreMakeup
If you're too lazy to watch the video... this is the recipe.
Home Made Brush Cleanser
Use a 2 Cup container.
1 cup Purified or distilled water
1/3 cup Isopropyl alcohol
1 tbs Dish Soap
1/2 tbs Shampoo (baby shampoo was recommended)
1tbs Leave- In Conditioner spray (NOT gel or cream)
Stir gently with a brush so that it does not create suds.
|That's the used cleanser btw.|
Read More After the Jump for cleaning and drying instructions as well as brush recommendations.