How to Clean Your Make Up Brush

Keeping your make up brush clean is not only more sanitary, it is a part of what I call 'makeup maintenance'.

It's much healthier to wear make up responsibly.

When you don't clean your brushes from time to time, you may be transferring germs or bacteria to your face. When you transfer them to your face, you might possibly break out with acne or get a rash.

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You're trying to look great when you wear makeup, not trying to create a mess. Keep brushes clean and usable by washing them out occasionally. There is a simple way to clean brushes that does not take a lot of time or money. Here are few guidelines to keep them clean.

How To Clean Makeup Brushes

1) Fill up a small disposable cup with rubbing alcohol and immerse the brush.

2) Soak the brush for about 2-4 hours. Swirl the brush around occasionally while you’re waiting.

3) You will see powders and other colors of make up coming off the brush in the solution. This is good!

4) After you think you’ve removed most of the make up from the brush, gently wash it with some warm soapy water.

5) Gently wring the brush and wrap it in a towel or washcloth to help soak out excess water. Towel dry and wipe down the brush to take it back to it's original shape, including the tip. Allow to thoroughly air dry in a warm, dry place.

* If you don't have any rubbing alcohol, use warm soapy water to clean your brushes. Soapy water works well for brushes but you won't get all the makeup out of them with just plain soap and water. Alcohol is needed to thoroughly clean your bushes.

How Often Should You Wash Brushes?

If you wear makeup every day and use brushes a lot, you'll want to clean them about once a month. If you use them less often, they maybe once every other month. The best way to judge whether your makeup brush needs cleaning is just to look at it. If it looks 'full' or contains lot of 'color', then it's time to clean it.

Which Makeup Brushes Work Best?

Boars hair, squirrel hair, and other 'animal' brushes have natural bristles. Natural bristles help HOLD 'whatever makeup you're using' better. If you use mineral makeup, loose powders, etc., then you know the UPSIDE to this. When you use natural brushes, there's less mess and less waste!

If your brush becomes stuck together or ‘unfluffy’, just slap or brush the make up brush against your palm a few times. This will restore the fluffiness back to the brush. Voila! Good as new!

Which Size Brush Should You Choose?

A good rule of thumb is to:

  • Use small brushes for eyeshadow's and lipliners. Shadow brushes used to create a straight line have a slanted tip and brushes to cover your eyelids have a rounded tip.

  • Use medium sized brushes for blusher application.

  • Use large brushes to remove unwanted makeup (like Loose Powders) excesses from your face and to finish blending blush.

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