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The Surprising Way Kim K’s Makeup Artist Cleans All Those Brushes


I hate cleaning my makeup brushes. Mustering the strength to even think about doing it is a chore all on its own. Mario Dedivanovic, also known as Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist or @makeupbymario, probably owns more brushes than Picasso ever did, so I shouldn’t be complaining. He shared his recipe for makeup brush cleanser on Snapchat yesterday, and I was surprised by its simplicity. He doesn’t use any fancy dry shampoo-like sprays or color-switching sponge, or really a product formulated for the job at all. Instead, he uses two products you very well might already own: baby shampoo and tea-tree oil. Dedivanovic flashed a picture of the power duo alongside the army of brushes that needed cleansing. I tried to count how many were on deck, but I got stressed at the thought of having to clean them all and stopped at 32.

I don’t even want to know how long it took him to wash them all, but if I’m basing it on the time between his initial photo of the dirty brush and the final photo of the clean brush, at least seven hours lapsed. Oh, the things I could get done in that amount of time, like build that Ikea dresser that’s been sitting in the corner of my room for a year or finally make the trek to Harlem to visit my friend.

That being said, I’ll definitely be trying out this makeup-brush cleanser combo. It will come in handy after I try out all the beautiful shadows from his upcoming Anastasia Beverly Hills palette. (I’m still not over the swatches he posted on Instagram.)

For more makeup-artist secrets and sneak peeks, you can follow Dedivanovic on Snapchat by adding makeupbymario.

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