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Cleaning Makeup Brushes

Clean makeup brushes are the foundation for any makeup look, helping achieve a smooth and beautiful makeup application. Over time, makeup brushes experience a buildup of products, dead skin cells, and more, leading to bacteria overgrowth. Cleaning your brushes regularly is an important aspect of any skin care and makeup routine.

Why Is Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes Important?

Choosing a high-quality set of brushes can make a difference in your looks — caring for them is also vital. Cleaning your makeup brushes removes oils, dirt, and bacteria that build up over time. Dirty makeup brushes can deposit the buildup on your skin, causing blemishes and acne breakouts.

Dirty makeup brushes also accumulate dust, pollution, sebum, and dead skin cells, increasing the risk of harmful bacteria, such as E. Coli, streptococcus, and staphylococcus. Dermatologists recommend cleaning your makeup brushes every seven to 10 days to remove harmful buildup.

Using clean brushes and makeup applicators can improve your skin care. If you follow a skin care routine, using dirty makeup brushes is counterproductive. When you invest in a set of makeup brushes, cleaning and disinfecting your makeup brushes regularly can also ensure they last longer.

Finally, applying makeup with dirty makeup brushes is less effective. Because of product buildup, dirty makeup brushes often do not achieve the desired results, affecting the quality of blending and makeup applications.

How to Disinfect Makeup Brushes

A simple and effective way to disinfect and clean your makeup brushes is to use a little warm water and gentle soap. Avoid regular soaps, as they may be too strong and dry out the bristles of the makeup brush. While gentle soap and water work very well, some makeup enthusiasts prefer to get a makeup brush cleanser to ensure their brushes are pristine.

Another option besides buying a cleanser is to use a mild or sensitive skin face wash to clean your makeup brushes. Some makeup enthusiasts even use mild dish soap when cleaning their brushes. You can thoroughly clean your makeup brushes in a few simple steps:

  1. Wet the makeup brush with lukewarm water.
  2. Add a drop of soap or cleanser to your clean hand.
  3. Massage the brush's bristles into the cleaner or soap in your palm.
  4. Thoroughly rinse the bristles under lukewarm water.
  5. Use a clean towel to remove excess moisture from the brush.
  6. Reshape the makeup brush head to its original shape.
  7. Allow the brush to air dry with bristles hanging off the edge of a counter.

When cleaning your makeup brushes, do not place the bristles on a flat surface, as they will dry and shape unevenly. Air dry your makeup brushes on a counter and not a towel or absorbent surface, as these may lead to less efficient drying and mildew.

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