Most of my make-up is applied with brushes. I wear Bare Minerals powder foundation, so I use brushes for pretty much everything. I don't have a lot of duplicate brushes either, they are way too pricey for me to have 15 of the same brush. Plus I don't wear make-up everyday, so it's not really a wise investment for me. Bare Escentuals offers a product they call "Quick Change" that you can use to quickly clean off your brushes in between colors. But at $18, it's a bit out of my price range at the moment. I figured I could find a good recipe online for a homemade dupe...but no. I decided to try and figure it out...with a little help from my friends.
isopropyl alcohol 70%
distilled water (especially if you have hard water)
scale (if you want to attempt precision. not really needed)
small clean spray bottle
essential oils if you want
0.50+/- ounces of distilled water
0.60+/- ounces of isopropyl alcohol
0.40+/- ounces of witch hazel
0.10+/- ounces of vegetable glycerin
These are all really rough ratios. I ended up adding more alcohol at the end because I wanted this stuff to dry faster. But if you add more alcohol, you should add a drop more witch hazel and glycerin so you don't dry out your brushes.
|adding the distilled water. And yes, I keep a small bottle of this in the house |
for beauty related stuff. Our tap water is 40% rocks, I'm almost positive.
|add the alcohol next. The bottle will get warm here,|
but don't worry. It's completely safe.
|add the witch hazel next. You don't have to use witch hazel, but I wanted to |
use some sort of toner in this recipe, and witch hazel is an excellent toner.
|add the vegetable glycerin|
|then remove the funnel and decide you don't have enough alcohol...add a bit more.|
|put the spray top back on your bottle and give it a good shake.|
Ok, time to test!
Here is one of my blush brushes. It's actually pretty clean because I shampooed all of my brushes a few days before. This brush has white synthetic bristles on the tip, so it's the best to show the before/after.
|peachy pink blush...dunno what brand.|
I sprayed a bunch of the mixture, probably too much, on the cloth. Then I swirled the brush around until it looked clean.
|my potion seems to work.|
|Looks mostly clean. We'll see when it's dry.|
And here is where I used actual science-type-thinking! (My husband was so proud) I actually cleaned two brushes in this test: the one pictured above and a small eyeshadow brush. I wanted to see if different sizes dried differently.
Five Minute Check:
Both brushes still smell like make-up, which I kind-of expected. This isn't a proper brush cleaning. But there is no noticeable color left on either brush, not even when I swipe it against a white paper towel. Both brushes are still too damp to use.
Ten Minute Check:
The large brush pictured above is completely dry and usable at this point. The smaller brush was still a tiny bit damp.
Fifteen Minute Check:
Both brushes are completely dry and usable.
I think I used too much of the spray for this first test, so I did a second one with a small smudge brush that had recently been used with navy shadow. I sprayed five sprays on a clean rag and swirled the brush around until no more color was coming off. I checked back in five minutes, and it was completely clean and dry. Five sprays is definitely enough to clean the make-up, and five minutes is pretty reasonable time-wise. I think that when I make this next time, I will add just a bit more alcohol to speed that drying time up even more.
|both my test brushes. Perfectly clean!|
Directions for Use:
spray five pumps of potion onto a clean white rag (my bottle is a pretty fine mist, so you might need less or more depending on your bottle)
swirl your brush on the rag until the brush seems clean
grab a cookie
come back to clean, dry brushes!
I'm pretty pleased overall on how this turned out. I was a little worried about trying to dupe a product I had never actually used. But thanks to a secret informant, it turned out brilliantly! And the best part is, now that I've saved some money on this I can absolutely get some of the new Bare Escentuals eyeshadows!