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How To Take Care Of Your Makeup Brushes

When it comes to applying makeup, makeup brushes are every beauty junkie’s secret weapon to get a flawless look. But ask them when was the last time they washed their brushes, and the answer is likely longer than it should be (I am guilty of this too), so consider this your personal reminder to wash those brushes sitting on your vanity. Today’s blog post, I am sharing five rules of thumb to follow when caring for your makeup brushes:

Wash Once a Week

How often should you wash your brushes? While it varies depending on how often you use your brushes, I recommend washing them once a week. Your brushes are home to bacteria which can result in unwanted breakouts on your face. Set aside one day in the week to wash your brushes and turn it into a weekly ritual (my day is Friday).

Use a Brush Cleaner or DIY

While there are plenty of brush cleaners on the market, you don’t have to spend the extra bucks on specially made formulas. Use any makeup removing cleanser or bar of soap (I love Zote Laundry Bar Soap, $1.42 for a 14.1 oz. bar when I don’t feel like making my DIY brush cleaner) or DIY a brush cleaner by combining two tablespoons of a dishwashing liquid (I love Dawn Ultra Gentle Clean $4.94 for 24.3 oz.) with one tablespoon of olive oil. (If you have a large amount of makeup brushes to wash, up the dishwashing liquid to 4 tbsp. and up the olive oil to 2 tbsp.).

Stick to Lukewarm Water

Just as you would rinse your face with lukewarm water, rinse your brushes with lukewarm water too. Using hot water can make the glue used to hold the brush together tacky sometimes causing it to break apart.

Be Gentle

Preserve the lifespan of your brushes by being gentle when you wash them. You don’t need any special tools to deep clean your brushes just simply use the palm of your hand to gently massage the bristles to remove excess makeup and bacteria and make sure to rinse all of the brush cleaner out of your brushes before drying.

Dry Your Brushes

The drying process is more important than you think. After you squeeze out any excess moisture with a clean towel, give it a slight fluff to reshape the brush head, then lay it flat on a counter with the bristles hanging over the edge or stand upright with the bristles facing down on a microfiber drying mat (this is how I dry my brushes). These methods are the best way to keep the shape of your brushes intact.

How often do you wash your makeup brushes and what type of brush cleaner do you use, DIY or a brush cleaner on the market? Let us know in the comments below and until next week, be happy, healthy, and beautiful!

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