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How to Clean Your Make up Brushes?

Makeup brushes are your new best friends and we all know that. However you certainly do need to clean your makeup brushes regularly in order to prevent bacteria build up which could then lead to unwanted breakouts.  The best thing about cleaning your brushes is that it’s easy and you could use ingredients that you have at home itself to have clean brushes.

How often do you need to clean your brushes?

Most make up experts advice that makeup brushes be cleaned once every week. Especially  foundation and concealer brushes. Since these brushes are used directly on to a major part of the face, they tend to get in contact with more of the skins oils and dust particles.

Since brushes and makeup sponges are porous, they hold onto the debris, oil and bacteria. If your brush is dirty, it’ll be difficult to blend and the finish will be lumpy.

What should you use to clean your brushes?

When it comes to cleaning your brushes, you have a number of choices. Some women like to make the process quick and hassle free and buy a makeup brush cleaner.

However if you want to use something closer to hand, water and a cleaning agent is all that you require. Choose a cleaning agent that is preferably oil free, to prevent the bristles from absorbing more oil. Using an oil free face wash, a mild shampoo or a natural shampoo are all good options.  Don’t use regular soap as these may cause the bristles to get coarse, especially if they are made from natural hair.

Using a conditioner is a good idea too, it helps soften the bristles. Remember to check the product you are using in a small area first to prevent your brushes from damage.

Now to the cleaning process….

Many women don’t actually know how simple cleaning their brushes are.  It’s essential to know that wetting your brushes won’t cause them any harm, so use water generously. Avoid soaking the entire brush in water for it could weaken the gum which holds the bristles.

  1. If you’re using a makeup brush cleanser then follow the instructions on the label.
  2. If you’re using household products, then apply a small bit of the product on the palm of your hand.
  3. Swirl the brush around in your chosen product gently. Make sure all the bristles are covered with the product.
  4. Rinse the bristles under cool running water.
  5. Squeeze out the extra moisture with a dry soft towel.
  6. Reshape your brush while it’s yet damp, so that it dries out in it’s naturally shape.
  7. Let the brush dry out hanging off the edge of a counter. This prevents water from entering into the handle area, which may loosen the glue.
  8. Fluff your brush once it’s completely dry, and you have a clean make up brush!


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