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We’re all beauty experts these days. We can master the latest trends by studying a few contouring video’s on YouTube or scouring Instagram for amazing new eye colours.  However, when it comes to caring for our brushes, the majority of us still act like rookies.

Can you remember the last time you washed your brushes? Still thinking? Don’t feel bad because you’re definitely not alone, however it’s never to late to make a change, right?

It’s important to clean your makeup brushes on a regular basis for a number of reasons.  Not only does product buildup and residue shorten the life span of the brush, it also effects the results of your makeup application. Who wants to apply makeup with cakey brushes, no thanks!

Messy tools can also harm your complexion. Makeup brushes can collect dirt, oils and bacteria, which can easily be transferred to your skin. This can create breakouts, skin irritations and even contaminate your makeup which could cause infections.

All makeup brushes need a deep and intense cleaning on a regular basis, depending on the brush and how often you use them. Synthetic hair is easy to clean. As a general rule, it is recommended to clean your powder brushes weekly, however if you use liquids and creams on your brushes, you should clean them daily, immediately after use.

A good way to know when the brush is ready to be washed is when it is no longer soft, and of course, if the makeup residue is cake-y and visible.  Follow the step-by-step instructions below to ensure you get the best out of your brushes.

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You will need:

  1. a small bowl (or use the palm of your hand)
  2. gentle shampoo or baby shampoo
  3. clean small face towel
  4. your sink

Step 1: Mix a small amount of shampoo with lukewarm water in a small bowl.

Step 2: Dip the brush tip into the water and gently swirl it around. Ensure that only the brush hairs are getting wet and not the ferrule (metal part holding the bristles together), as this can loosen the glue over time.

Step 3: Rinse the brush tip under warm running water until the water becomes clear and clean. Repeat the shampooing process if required.

Step 4: Gently squeeze out any excess water from the bristles and reshape the brush head to its original form. Use a clean towel and gently lay the brush on it flat to dry naturally overnight. Do not cover the brushes with the towel. Never stand brushes up in a cup to dry, as this causes water to seep into the ferrule and can cause breakage and loosening of the bristles.

Bonus Tip: For brushes that are extra cake-y, use a dab of almond or olive oil to break down the residue before you wash.

By following these simple steps on a regular basis (and breaking your icky beauty brush habit), you will keep your skin clear, your makeup looking flawless, and help your brushes to last longer!

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