How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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When’s the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? Makeup brushes should be cleaned, at the very least, every two weeks but most professionals recommend weekly cleaning. Your brushes can become breeding grounds for germs and without proper and regular maintenance they can spread dirt, oil and bacteria, causing clogged pores, breakouts and, in more serious cases, infections.

Cleaning brushes is simple. Simply take a mild shampoo (like Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, $4.97 at Walmart) and put a dollop on the palm of your hand. Wet your brush in lukewarm water and swirl the brush in the shampoo – you’ll be able to see the makeup coming off onto your hand. To rinse, continue the swirling motion under lukewarm water and then gently squeeze the hairs to remove any excess shampoo or makeup.

Drying is just as important as washing, as improper drying can lead to the brush falling apart. Use a towel to remove excess water and lay brushes flat to dry. Never leave your brushes standing up when wet, the water will run down into the ferrule (the metal part of the brush) and will loosen the glue, leading to the brush hairs falling out over time.

To disinfect between washes, fill a spray bottle with isopropyl alcohol and spray to coat the brush hairs. The alcohol will dissipate quickly if you leave it, but you can also wipe it down with a paper towel for immediate use afterwards.

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