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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Once you have the right beauty tools, keeping them clean will help each tool work better and last longer. We've already shown you the ins and outs of cleaning your hair brushes and combs, so let's get those makeup brushes in tip top shape!

how to clean your make-up brushes

Keeping makeup brushes clean is especially important. Your brushes harbor bacteria, dirt, and oil, so using a dirty brush spreads those particles all over your clean skin. This can cause breakouts and lousy application of makeup.

Start by choosing your cleanser. Many brands offer conditioning brush shampoos for under $20. For cleaning on the fly, try a brush cleaning quick spray or wipe, both of which work as a temporary fix for the eventual deep cleaning you'll need to do.

Don't be afraid to DIY your brush cleanser. The Pinterest gods have stamped their approval on this easy method: simply combine one cup of of warm water with one tablespoon of gentle baby shampoo in a small bowl and sprinkle in a little baking soda. Mix with a spoon to create a little bit of later and bubbles.

Whether you're using the name brand cleanser or your own recipe, the steps for cleaning your brush are the same. Be sure to only wet the bristles - water can loosen the glue of the brush.

1. Start by swirling your brush around the cleanser, then rub against the palm of your hand to create a lather.

2. Next, run your brush under warm running water to rinse the cleaner away.

3. Use a clean towel to blot the excess water from the bristles.

4. Place a second clean towel on the edge of your counter top and rest your brush with the bristles hanging over the edge. This will allow the bristles to keep their shape while drying.

5. Allow brushes to dry overnight.

Super makeup artist Sonia Kashuk suggest cleaning your brushes each week. If you're acne prone, consider cleaning your brushes and sponges daily to help keep breakouts at bay. Yes, daily!

Remember to clean ALL your makeup brushes - ones you use for powder or blush, as well as those you use for eye color, liner and lips.

So, I have to ask... when was the last time you cleaned yours?!

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