Not only do dirty brushes make application an uphill battle, they can also harbour some pretty gross bacteria. So you're basically just asking for a break-out.
It may seem boring but set aside some time to take care of them and you won't have to buy new ones and your make-up will look better. Who wouldn't want that!
Scroll for a video on how to wash your make-up brushes
Cleaning make-up brushes: General maintenance
- Store your brushes separately to your make up - as tempting as it is to keep everything in one bag it's not clean and they'll need washing much less if you keep them upright and separate.
- Why not get or make a brush roll if you need them on the move?
- Brush or tap off excess after each use. You can use a make-up brush cleanser on a tissue for a more effective clean.
Cleaning make-up brushes: When do I need to clean them?
- The amount they need cleaning depends on how much you use them.
- For most normal use every month should be sufficient.
- You should wash them straight away if someone else borrows them as they will have different oils on their skin.
Cleaning make-up brushes: Washing your tools
- You can use either a normal everyday shampoo - cheap stuff is fine - or a specific make-up cleanser. You can also use a soap bar or a cleansing foam.
- Work the product into a lather with the brush, either brushing onto a clean sink or your hand.
- Be sure to be gentle so as not to damage the bristles. Working a figure of eight is the most effective.
- Rinse the brushes with warm water - be sure to be thorough.
Cleaning make-up brushes: Drying your tools
- It is important to reshape your brushes after they've been washed otherwise you'll have quite the challenge the next tip you use them
- Washing them in the evening and drying overnight in time for the next morning is the easiest way to ensure they won't be wet when you need them next
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