One of the essentials of every makeup kit is a set of makeup brushes, right? Another essential of makeup and cosmetics—one that’s often forgotten—is that you need to take care of your makeup kit, including the aforementioned brushes. This is especially important since after repeated use, those brushes will be full of makeup residue, oil, and dead skin cells... making them the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria. That’s not exactly something you want to put to your face, right? So, with that in mind, let’s get to the cleaning part...
First and foremost: cleaning frequency. Just how often should you clean your makeup brushes? Professional makeup artists will sometimes wash their brushes every time after using them on a client. But for the average user, once every two weeks is good enough.
Now, there are plenty of commercial cleaning products available that you can use, but it’s not that hard to create your own cleaning solution with stuff that’s lying around your house.
All you need is unscented bar soap, dish detergent, or even baby soap mixed with a bit of lukewarm water. If there’s too much build up on the brush you’re cleaning, use a bit of olive oil to break down the residue before you start.
Make sure to wash the brush as gently as possible, so as not to alter its original shape. You should also avoid the barrel below the bristles... if this part gets wet, the bristles can become loose and eventually fall off. After washing and rinsing, lay your brushes on a flat towel (never upright!) and let them dry for six to eight hours.
And that’s how you get a clean and bacteria-free makeup brush...
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