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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.

JANE SAYS:

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...

PLEASE DO NOT WASH YOUR BRUSHES WITH BABY OIL. [sorry for yelling]

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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