The more I look at Pinterest, the more I am convinced that a mixture of dish soap and vinegar can pretty much do everything. Today I decided to test this theory again, this time with a make-up brush cleaner made with water, dish soap, and vinegar.
I carefully mixed my own concoction.
And then I prepared my brushes. As with most things that are not crafting, I am super organized– nearly to the point of mental illness– about my make-up brushes. Thus, I have a “first string” and “second string” set of brushes. I use the first string brushes every time I wear make-up. (I’m a blogger, so this happens maybe twice a week.) The second string brushes are for special stuff, like if I decide to HAC or wear lipstick that requires a brush. This happens, like, only if I am meeting the President for dinner… or I really want to get laid. (Not by the President, necessarily.)
Why am I like this with make-up and not, say, cooking? I don’t know. Maybe because I’ve been trying to impress guys with my face since I was 14, but only with my cooking since… well, never, to be honest. Except, by that token, I should be awesomely good at dieting and working out, too. Oh well, another theory busted.
Uh. Where was I?
I decided to wash the first string brushes first, theory being that they are probably the dirtiest and needed the most cleaning power.
As I was cleaning, I immediately noticed the water turning this sort of brownish shade of purple. This happened right away, even when I’d only washed my foundation brush. I have no idea where the purple came from, guys. I mean, I do have purple lipstick and eye shadow, but holy wow, it was purple. My only working theory is that the red/pink in the foundation mixed with the blue dish soap and made it look purple… Well, browny purple.
I was grossed out enough by the result of cleaning only the first string brushes that I decided to get a fresh batch of cleaner for the second string brushes. That shit nasty, y’all. I was wiping that on my face twice a week.
I washed my second string brushes and paid extra careful attention to the lipstick brushes.
You can’t really tell from the picture, but these fuckers get super disgusting, even though I wash them with hand soap after every use. Lipstick sure as hell will not stay on your lips if you so much as delicately sip your champagne, but it’ll stay in your lipstick brush, all fossilized and slimy, until the day you get grossed out enough to throw it away.
So I was curious to see if this concoction would work, even for that.
And I’ll be damned right to hell if it didn’t.
Rarely have I been so thrilled with the results of a good clean.
Just to recap: Clean brushes. Gross water.
Totally disgusting, and a total win. We don’t usually get both of those at once. Hurrah!