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All things beauty and then some. Andrea Claire has been a hairstylist and makeup artist for 23 years now. A Canadian based in Singapore since 2007, she has appeared on Asia's Next Top Model, Yahoo Asia, Canadian Idol, So Chic and more.

Makeup Brushes And Baby Oil || the final installment

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By Andrea Claire · August 10, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I cannot tell you how many hits I get a month on my blog with the keywords 'how to clean makeup brushes with baby oil'

And recently Joanna Koh, [another makeup artist who had seen my other blogs on 'how to clean makeup brushes'] told me that schools are telling makeup students to wash their brushes with baby oil.

So - even though 20 years industry experience and common sense would prevail I figured I would ask my peeps at MAC their thoughts on the subject.


MAC Cosmetics Sr Artist Jane McKay suggests their Cleanse Off Oil for any brush or the MAC Brush Cleanser. Baby oil could potentially leave a residue on your brushes.

I agree.

So - I took this one step further and washed some of my synthetic bristle brushes with baby oil. [baby oil on natural hair bristles will wreck them] The baby oil broke down makeup in the bristles faster than my typical brush cleaner BUT as Jane suggested, there was a horrid 'slick' on my brushes that I needed to remove with dish soap.

I can definitely see the benefits of pre-washing some brushes with MAC's Cleanse Off Oil to loosen some foundations, cream shadows, lipsticks, heck even glitter that may need a bit of slip to get out of your brushes but... to repeat again...


Hopefully this blog is 'third times a charm' and the baby oil washing of brushes will come to a halt.

NOTE: MAC Brush Cleanser is safe on all brushes. Some brush cleaners that come in glass bottles are not - they will disintegrate your synthetic bristles.

If after all this you need to know how to clean your brushes - we don't judge - just click & clean

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