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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Clean-up Time!

makeup brushes cleaning

If cleaning your makeup brushes isn’t something you regularly do, I recommend you go grab your makeup case, pull out your brushes and get to it immediately. 

Not cleaning your makeup brushes can result in dirt, oil and bacteria being harbored on the tools, and therefore transferring all that gunk back onto your face. What’s more, if you continually use the same brushes without cleaning them, it will muddy any colors you try to apply. 

Not sure how to give your brushes a good scrub? Just follow these steps:

If you’re looking to give your makeup brushes a quick clean, invest in a brush spray like Sephora Collection Daily Brush Cleaner.

SEPHORA COLLECTION - Daily Brush Cleaner

All you need to do is spray the product directly onto the bristles of any brush, then gently rub the bristles onto a tissue or paper towel. Be sure not to press too hard and bend the bristles.

If you’re looking to do a deep cleaning with your brushes, you can do so with baby shampoo or a specially formulated brush cleanser, like MAC Brush Cleanser. 

Baby Shampoo

Brush Cleanser

Run your brush under lukewarm water and thoroughly wet the bristles. Add a small amount of the shampoo to the palm of your hand and swirl the brush around in it until you work up a lather. After about 30 seconds of running the brush along your hand, rinse the brush under the water until the water runs clear.

Make sure you don’t stand the brush upright at any point during this process because droplets of water can leak down and loosen the area where the bristles attach to the handle of the brush. 

Once you’re done washing, gently squeeze the remaining water from the brush. Using your fingers, reshape the brush into the correct shape and lay it flat on a towel to dry. I recommend doing this before you go to bed so that you can leave your brushes out to dry overnight.

If you can, try to deep clean your brushes once a week and spot clean them throughout the week. Your makeup colors will look truer and more crisp, and you'll probably save yourself some breakouts from using dirty brushes. 

Do you have any brush cleaning tips?

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