This might seem like an odd recipe to have on a site like this.  But, I am a girlie girl who happens to like wearing, and playing with, makeup.  I think that part of being resilient can include making the things you need for less cost than if you purchased it pre-made, no matter what type of person you are.  So, without further adieu, here is the recipe for Koren’s brush cleaner (for cleaning makeup brushes).

Koren’s (Makeup) Brush Cleaner
Recipe Type: Other
Author: Koren
Similar to MAC brush cleaner.
  • 1 Cup Distilled Water (I use filtered water)
  • 1/4 Cup 90% Alcohol (this gives a final concentration sufficient to kill most bacteria)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Dish Soap (I use Ivory, but you can use any other you want.)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Shampoo (I use Aussie Moist, but a lot of people like baby shampoo.)
  • 1 Tablespoon Spray Leave-In Conditioner (I found some in the child’s shampoo at Target. Some people use Aveno Nourish or Treat, but I haven’t been able to find that.)
  1. Mix all ingredients and pour into a convenient, clean container. I use an old MAC makeup brush cleaner bottle, but this recipe is more than the bottle can hold. My daughter uses a travel bottle from the drug store.
  2. To wash your brushes, squirt some on a tissue (lotion free) or clean cloth. Swirl brush head on brush cleaner until clean. If necessary, use more than one tissue. Shape head and allow to dry.


Koren of EnKore Makeup

Koren is a well-known makeup artist.  He has several videos on makeup application, including a video on how he makes the brush cleaner.  You can see it here.  If you would like to learn how to apply makeup properly, or simply do a better job, I recommend watching Koren’s How To videos.  They are both informative and entertaining, and now that my skin is maturing, they have been very helpful.  Also, visit Koren’s web site, EnKore Makeup.





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