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How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

In honour of the infamous spring clean, we thought we would round-up a simple ‘how to’ on how to clean your makeup brushes. So, you know which brushes to use for contouring and which to for concealing? But did you know that your makeup brushes need cleaning once a week? Though this step should be a regular part of your beauty routine, guiltily, we here at Beauty Expert HQ admit that even we don’t clean our brushes as often as we should. Luckily, the process is quick and easy. Discover our guide to better brush hygiene, here…

When you use your brushes, bits of makeup, oil, dirt and even bacteria can get trapped in the bristles – leading to clogged pores and pesky breakouts – not to mention that quality makeup brushes can be expensive, so learning how to properly clean them is one of the best ways to protect your investment. But with foundation brushes, concealer brushes and eye shadow’ to contend with, it can be hard to know where to start.

How often should you clean your makeup brushes?

For larger brushes, namely foundation and concealer brushes, cleaning them once a week to reduce product build up is enough. Brushes that are used around the eyes should be cleaned twice a month whilst all others can be washed once a month.

How to clean your makeup brushes

The first step to keeping your brushes clean is picking up a daily brush cleaner and lightly washing your brushes after each use. Once a week, it’s time for deep cleaning. (Your brushes will take a few hours to dry after a deep clean so we recommend washing them after you’ve applied your makeup that day.

Top tips for cleaning your makeup brushes

1. Begin by running your brushes under lukewarm water, rinsing out all of the residue makeup. While it’s important to thoroughly clean your brushes, try to focus on the bristles and avoiding the part of the brush where the handle meets the head, as this can loosen the glue over time.

2. Next, fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a small amount of shampoo or cleaner. Gently swirl your brushes in the water before washing off the residue on your cleansing mat.

3. Rinse the brush tip under running water once again. Repeat steps two and three as many times as necessary until the water runs clear off the brush.

4. Using a cloth, wipe your brushes clean, reshaping the bristles as you go.

5. Lay your brushes flat to dry (this may take a few hours).

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Wellness Expert