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Here’s How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes Like a Pro

Can you even remember when was the last time you washed your brushes? Exactly! The fact that you can’t remember is enough reason to wash your brushes now. Dirty brush bristles attract dirt and dust, which can transfer onto your face causing skin irritations and breakouts. Plus, product build up on the bristles make it difficult to blend your make-up, leaving you with patchy and uneven application.

To avoid all these skin and make-up disasters, learn the best ways to clean your bristles.

  1. Once a month is good, but once a week is ideal

The sad reality is, people never wash their brushes. Depending on how much you use your make-up brushes, make-up experts and dermatologists recommend washing them every month, but once a week is the most ideal, especially if you use them every day.

  • Know what the bristles are made of

If you are a make-up fanatic, you know that there are two types of brush bristles: natural bristles, which is used mostly on dry products like powders; and synthetic, for wet products like liquid foundations, lipsticks and concelears.

  • Natural Bristles

Cleaning natural bristles is as simple as dipping the hair of the brush into dishwashing detergent, running them in warm water, and swirling the bristles on your palm to dissolve and wash away product build up. Repeat the procedure until th water runs clear, and then gently squeeze excess liquid.

  • Synthetic Bristles

Same steps apply to synthetic brushes, but since this type of brushes are often used for application of emollient products, you will need to do some additional steps to completely wash off dirt and residues. Swirl the brush in make-up removing wipes or spritz them with rinse-free cleanser to help dissolve dead skin cells, oil build up and product residue. Then, do the same procedure on how to clean brushes with natural bristles.

  • Lay down your brushes to dry

When washing, always point the brush down so the water won’t get into the ferule—the metal portion of the brush that attaches the bristles to the handle. Letting the water run into the ferule might break up the glue, causing the brush hair to loosen up and fall off. When drying the brushes, lay them down in a slight angle that allows the water to drip off the brushes, or use a make-up brush drying rack for more convenient drying.

  • Cover your brushes when not in use

When not in use, store your brushes in a container with a lid to avoid pollutants from getting in contact with your brushes. For those freshly cleaned brushes that you opt not to use yet, toss them in a Ziploc bag to keep them separated from the used ones.

Treat your make-up tools well by cleaning them regularly. A set of quality make-up brushes do not come cheap and should be considered as an investment, too. 

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