Its been a while since my last post, these last couple of months have been crazy and all is finally calming down. Since its been so long I plan on putting up a couple of posts here in the next few days. First, is my Do-It-Yourself Daily Brush Cleaner. Daily Brush Cleaner is something that I’ve used for quite a long time as I have learned that keeping your brushes bacteria free keeps your makeup the same. Although, I do try to deep clean at least once a week (although usually more like once every other, eek…). This a great way to kill bacteria and remove whatever color is on the brush at the moment.
First, you will need a few things to get you started. An empty spray bottle, distilled water, isopropyl alcohol, witch hazel, vegetable glycerine, and an essential oil (for scent mostly). Each of these ingredients has a purpose, distilled water, has no additional minerals or contaminants that interfere with skin, other chemicals, etc. Isopropyl alcohol, is a solvent used because it is great at dissolving oil, and evaporates quickly. Witch Hazel, a widely used astringent, is gentle on the skin and brushes, while being antibacterial. vegetable glycerine has great moisturizing properties and is antibacterial, and hypoallergenic. Lastly, I use Lavender essential oil, for the scent, as well as for the various properties that it has in relation to skin. On the skin, lavender oil tones and revitalizes and it is useful for all types of skin problems such as abscesses, acne, oily skin, boils, burns, sunburn, wounds, psoriasis, lice, insect bites, stings and also acts as an insect repellent. Although with the small amount that is used, probably a moot point, is just a bonus.
You will take the empty spray bottle, and start with the alcohol, you’ll need to fill the bottle about a third of the way. Next, take about two teaspoons of witch hazel and one teaspoon of vegetable glycerine, then add about five drops of lavender oil. Fill the remainder of the bottle with Distilled water, close the bottle and shake.
When using this to clean your brushes, spray your brush. I use about five sprays on larger brushes such as foundation, blusher, or powder brush and two to three for smaller brushes like eye shadow.