Specialized makeup brushes are hot right now! You can buy unicorn makeup brushes, wizard wand brushes — there are even hints of a set of lightsaber makeup brushes being developed. If you don’t have the money to drop on a set of new brushes, you can give your current brushes a fun mermaid makeup upgrade. I chose mermaid washi tape to decorate my brushes, but you can use any patterns or style you would like.
I have some nicer makeup brushes in my collection, but I have a handful of cheapo ELF and Wet and Wild brushes that work surprisingly well. They are pretty plain Jane however, so I thought I would give them a mermaid makeover.
I found a multi-pack of mermaid themed washi tape at Michael’s and snapped it up IMMEDIATELY. The pack was $10 and I love every one of these tapes! I also spotted sets of junk food themed tapes, unicorn tapes, watercolor tapes… you can really customize your brushes however you would like.
I spent a half hour or so wrapping the handle of each brush with washi and listening to a true crime podcast. (Sword and Scale is my new favorite, but I’ve had to turn several episodes off because they were too intense.) I experimented with wrapping the tape horizontally around the brushes and vertically down the length of the handle. Both ways worked fairly well. I wasn’t too concerned that the patterns of the tape match up, but I did try to avoid wrinkles wherever possible.
To make the pretty mermaid brushes protected from makeup (and water when I clean them). I applied a coat of dishwasher-safe Mod Podge. After this sealant cures, it has a totally waterproof finish. Just be careful not to get ANY of the Mod Podge on the bristles because it will ruin your brush.
I love my new mermaid makeup brushes! The added sparkle makes me feel a little extra glamorous when I am getting ready in the morning. Well, on the days I put on makeup, which are fewer and fewer these days.
If you create your own set of mermaid makeup brushes, post on social media and tag @madincrafts so I can see them!
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- ELF brushes
- Mermaid washi tape from Michaels
- Dishwasher-safe Mod Podge
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