Monday, December 31, 2012

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

Make up brushes are not cheap, but actually an investment.  High quality makeup brushes can last for years, making it worth your while to spend a bit more for the better ones.  Proper care is important to get a good to great return on your investment.  It's important to clean your brushes, because it also helps you maintain healthy skin.
It's a good idea to clean your brushes about once a week.  Brushes can accumulate the following on the bristles, that you apply to your skin:
1.  Old makeup
2.  Bacteria
3.  Dirt and debris
4. Dead skin cells

If you have sensitive skin, it's specially important to clean your brushes regularly.  Acne skin is another skin type that can benefit from clean brushes.  Keeping an extra set of brushes, you will always have a clean one to use.

How to Clean Your Brushes

- Always hold the brush with the bristles pointed downwards, to help prevent water from getting into the handle.

- Use warm water or tepid water instead of hot.

- Use a mild shampoo or liquid soap, such as Cleure Shampoo or Face & Body Wash Liquid Soap.

-  Apply the shampoo or liquid soap to the palm of your hand and swirl the bristles in your hand and with your fingers clean the bristles.  Rinse and repeat, until the water runs clear.  Or in a glass or plastic bowl, add the shampoo or liquid soap and swirl the bristles and rinse, until water runs clear.

-  Lay the brushed down on their side on a paper towel to dry.  This again, will help prevent water from running down the handle.

-  Shape the bristles before laying them on their side to dry.  Usually it takes 24 hours of drying time.

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