Secret Life of a Bio Nerd's YouTube video on crafting a slate for cleaning brushes, her brilliant DIY take on the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove, has been floating around beauty blogs and vlogs for a while now. Both concepts are fundamentally the same as any ol' washboard: a textured surface replete with bumps and ridges to facilitate a thorough rubbing and, therefore, cleansing.
I couldn't find any out-of-commission plastic clipboards around, so I used material at my immediate disposal – clay! I don't have any photos of the process unfortunately, but it's fairly simple in its tedium.
Step 2: Smoosh
Step 3: Firmly press a pretty fan design from a roulette to create texture
Step 4: Roll even smaller balls and dot them around the dish (scoring them, of course)
Step 5: Glaze using Western Ceramics' 'Black Pingo', a bubbly black luster that creates a "lava" effect
Step 6: Let it dry completely; twiddle thumbs
Step 7: Fire in a kiln
|Fig. 1 Image from personal collection, 2014|
Ta-da! It fits comfortably in the palm of my hand, a firm grip achieved by cradling it as Fig. 3 demonstrates. Fig. 1 shows the dish after a quick splash of tepid water and a pea-sized amount of Bobbi Brown's Conditioning Brush Cleanser.
|Fig. 2 Image from personal collection, 2014|
|Fig. 3 Image from personal collection, 2014|
The first swirl! If you squint hard, you'll notice that the foam is lightly tinted pink, a result of the blush pigments loosening up. SQUINT HARD.
|Fig. 4 Image from personal collection, 2014|
A few gentle rotations of the brush is all it takes to clean even the densest of bristles because the bumpy texture of the dish does most of the work. After swatting the brush under the faucet a couple more times, the wash is complete!
|Fig. 5 Image from personal collection, 2014|
Some of my other makeup brushes after cleansing with the dish, drying overnight on a rolled up hand towel. Not a very exciting photo, huh?
|Fig. 6 Image from personal collection, 2014|
I made another ceramic brush cleansing dish, glazing it in fun, bright colors and topping it with flowers (or sunny side up eggs?) that I drew freehand; this one, however, doesn't work as well as the Black Pingo'd one, but only marginally so. I've concluded that this is because 1) it's too shiny and 2) its textures aren't varied enough, whereas the naturally cobbled, roughened finish of the Black Pingo glaze deeply scrubs beyond the surface of the makeup brush.
In any case, I didn't want to waste the flower/egg dish, so it's now holds soap in the bathroom, and the Black Pingo'd dish sits nicely in my bathroom cabinet. I love it so much, it's now the only method I subscribe to for cleaning my makeup brushes!