FRESH START: for makeup brushes

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It's a CHORE, but as any makeup artist or dermatologist will tell you, it's important to clean your makeup brushes regularly, even if all you use is a lip brush. TWO REASONS: makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria so they spread GERMS, and they are loaded with natural OILS, dead skin cells and makeup debris transported from skin; good makeup brushes are also an INVESTMENT, and if you keep them clean they last longer and stay SOFT.



The best technique? You can buy cleanser which has been specially made for washing brushes (the best places to look for these perhaps are ranges that have been developed by professional makeup artists), or you can use pure, white unscented soap, baby shampoo, and olive or almond oil.

When you use soap, wet your brushes with tepid water, swirl the bristles around the bar of soap until you get a lather, then rinse. Take care not to get water above the bristles as it will eventually rust the metal part of the shaft and the bristles will fall out.

Use liquid detergents like baby shampoo with a sponge. Saturate it in warm water, wet the brush too, squeeze a drop of detergent onto the sponge and swirl your brush on the sponge to work up a lather, then rinse till the bristles no longer feel slippery.

After washing brushes with soap or liquid detergent, squeeze excess water out of the bristles and leave brushes lying flat on a towel to dry.

Olive and almond oils are best used for brushes which are really embedded with makeup because they are good at breaking down dried makeup. Take a tissue or paper towel and dispense a tiny drop (use oil sparingly otherwise you'll find it tricky to remove the oil from the bristles) of either on it, then swirl the brush (dry) onto the towel. Don’t use to much oil, you don’t want your brush to become soaked with it. You just want to use enough to help break down the makeup on the brush. After that, clean the brush like normal and make sure your rinse the brush completely and lie flat on a clean towel to dry.