If there's one thing I refuse to think about, it's how dirty my makeup brushes are. Makeup brush cleaning has always seemed like chore that never really has the results I want. (Don't even ask me how long it's been since I last tried to clean them).
Between all the foundation, concealer, and eye shadow caked on the bristles of my brushes, I just assume dunk them in acid before I try to clean every last drop of makeup off of them.
Until I saw the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat. I saw it and I knew that my makeup brush cleaning problems were solved. That is, until I saw the price tag. It was $25. Granted, I've seen simple things priced extremely higher than this but considering $25 is another tube of my favorite Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick... I wasn't convinced to buy it yet.
The more I thought about it, the more I was sure I could make something at home to clean my brushes. That's how I came up with the idea for this DIY makeup brush cleaning board. I've seen a lot of people work wonders with hot glue, so why not me?
Afterall, makeup brushes can be so cute just like this studded couture 10 piece brush set from BH Cosmestics, you just have to keep them clean so you can show them off!
After doing research on other makeup brush cleaning boards, I bought a $1 plastic cutting board from Dollar General and stocked up on some hot glue. After making sure the surface was clean, I started planning what patterns I would use and where I would put them.
Most makeup brush cleaning boards have a series of lined, dotted, swirled, and scalloped patterns. I chose to use two sized dots, one swirly circle, two sized straight lines, a scalloped line, and a hashed pattern on my board.
Once I knew where I was going to place them, I got to gluing! The most challenging part was the little stringy bits that always happen when you're hot gluing stuff. Once I was done, I cleaned up the strings and let the rest dry. After that, my makeup brushes were ready to be cleaned!
This DIY makeup brush cleaning board does wonders. You can even make one inside a plastic container so you don't have to use it over the sink!
Keep reading to find the step by step guide on making your own makeup brush cleaning board and my handy makeup brush cleaner recipe and makeup brush cleaning tutorial.
Make Your Own Makeup Brush Cleaning Board
BONUS!!!! Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe & Brush Cleaning Tutorial
If you've made your DIY makeup brush cleaning board and you have your dirty makeup brushes ready, but you forgot that you need something to clean your brushes with, I'm here for you. I'm giving you my favorite makeup brush cleaner recipe.
This is a very simple recipe that uses ingredients you probably have around the house right now: Water, Dawn Dish Detergent, and Olive Oil. Mix them all together and you've got yourself a cleaner that will get even the deep down, dried on makeup out of your brushes.
How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes:
You can use this to clean your makeup sponges too! Soak up all the cleaner in the sponge and move it over the large bump pattern until the water runs clear. CAUTION: running the sponge roughly over the smaller bumps could cause you to lose chunks of sponge. Trust me. I learned the hard way.
Makeup Brush Cleaning Board Patterns
You may be wondering why you need so many different patterns to clean your makeup brushes. In theory, you could use one pattern to clean all your brushes but that would not be as effective as using multiple patterns.
Your makeup brushes are all different sizes so it only makes sense that different sized patterns will clean each brush differently. I have listed the differences in patterns and brushes below but if you ever can't remember which is which, just remember that bigger patterns are for washing big brushes and little patterns are for washing little brushes.
And that's it! That's my comprehensive guide on making a makeup brush cleaning board and makeup brush cleaner. I hope you found this helpful! If you did, share it with your friends!
Happy Independence day! To celebrate this colorful holiday, I made a crochet bralette bikini top in red, white, and blue! I found this Lily's Sugar N'Cream yarn in nautical ombre and thought it was perfect. This bralette is great for lounging by the pool or wearing under your favorite tank top while enjoying the sun. As my Fourth of July gift to you, I am sharing my pattern!
To crochet a bralette, all you need is cotten yarn and a g hook. From there, it's pretty simple! The pattern I am sharing with you is specifically for a B-cup, but it can be changed to fit any size cup. Just measure your beginning chain to the size you want and work from there, ignoring any stitch counts I list. If need be, you can use an existing bra as a guide for how big or wide you should make your own crochet bralette as well.
So, without any further ado, here is my crochet bralette pattern:
Row 1: In 3rd ch from hook, DC, 10 DC, 2 DC in next ch, ch 1, 2 DC in same ch, working down opposite side, 11 DC, turn
Row 2: Ch. 2, counts at first DC, 12 DC, 2 DC in ch, ch 1, 2 DC in same ch, DC 12, turn
Row 3: Ch. 2, 14 DC, 2 DC in ch, ch 1, 2 DC in same ch, DC 15, turn
Row 4: Ch. 2, 16 DC, 2 DC in ch, ch 1, 2 DC in same ch, DC 17, turn
Row 5: Ch. 2, 18 DC, 2 DC in ch, ch 1, 2 DC in same ch, DC 19, turn
Row 6: Ch. 2, 20 DC, 2 DC in ch, ch 1, 2 DC in same ch, DC 21, turn
Row 7: Ch. 2, 22 DC, 2 DC in ch, ch 1, 2 DC in same ch, DC 23, turn
Cut yarn, make two
Lay cups side by side, right side down, with the straight edges lined up
Row 1: attach yarn to far ride side of the right cup, SC across, in last st of cup, beg SC dec and finish in first st of second cup, SC across bottom of the next cup, turn
Row 2-3: Ch. 2, DC across, cut yarn
attach yarn to bottom left corner of the left cup, crocheting up towards the top of the bralette
Row 1: SC 4, turn
Row 2-30: SC across, turn
Row 31: Ch. 1, 2 SC, SC dec, turn
Row 32: Ch. 1 SC dec, SC, turn
Row 33: Ch. 1, SC dec
Row 34: Ch. 76, sl st back down length of strap, sl st into beg ch,
Cut yarn, repeat on other side
With the right side facing down, start at the base of the right cup where it meets the side strap
Row 1: SC up the side of the cup, in ch sp, SC ch 100, SC down length of strap, SC in ch sp, SC down other side of cup, SC dec between cups, SC up the side of the left cup, in ch sp, SC, ch 100, SC down length of strap, SC in ch sp, SC down other side of cup
Cut yarn, hide tails
The 4th of July is right around the corner, and you know what that means! Summer is in full swing! Between trips to the pool or beach and time spent enjoying the warm weather, it is easy to get too busy to cook. And with everyone's favorite grilling holiday only a few days away, everyone wants to get out, enjoy some fireworks, and eat good food. If this sounds like you, I have the perfect recipe for you: burger sliders.
I made these babies out of desperation last week. I had a handful of foods about to go bad and I was at a loss for what to cook. When my boyfriend had the idea to throw everything together to make burger sliders, I thought it was ingenious! Especially after I tasted them!
Not only did they taste good, but they were so EASY to make! I mean it! Neither my boyfriend or I know what we are doing with a grill. But when I busted out my handy-dandy George Foreman grill, all I had to do was sit back, relax, and wait for my food. Seriously. It was that easy. But if you are an avid griller, this recipe can just as easily be done on a traditional grill.
This recipe all started when our newest grocery store, Lidl, had hamburger on sale. I also had some of my favorite King's Hawaiian rolls that were nearing their expiration date. Naturally, we put two and two together to make these easy burger sliders. We spiced up our burger by grilling some onions on the George Foreman grill, as well as using salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. I also decided to use provolone cheese on my burger sliders instead of the regular American cheese. I highly encourage you mixing it up and make these burger sliders with different spices. Here is a recipe that I like for burger seasoning. Homemade chili would also be good on these burgers. These easy burger sliders also go really good with homemade fries!
Without further ado, here is the recipe for easy burger sliders!
Let me know what spin you put on these easy burger sliders using #beaniesnweenies on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or tell me in the comments below!
I'm Jennifer, a 21 year-old crochet, craft, and DIY enthusiast who loves sharing her projects with the world. I hope you find inspiration in my posts. Keep checking back for new projects every week and don't forget to sign up for Beanies & Weenies newsletters!
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