How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

When it comes to caring for your skin, do not overlook the cleanliness of your make-up tools!

Dirty make-up brushes not only compromise your makeup application, but they can also lead to clogged pores, eye and skin irritation and breakouts.

Dirt and grime can become trapped in the bristles, leaving the brushes brittle and making them abrasive on the skin. 

Beauty guru and founder of online beauty retailer Lulu and Lipstick, Fleur Madden, recommends cleaning brushes weekly to keep the bristles soft, supple and hygienic.

Here’s her step-by-step guide on how to do it:

What you’ll need:

• Conditioning shampoo
• A small bowl
• A clean towel or a lint-free cloth

While you can get specially formulated brush cleaners, a conditioning shampoo or baby shampoo will do the trick just as well. However, generally anything that you would use on your own hair is perfect for cleaning your makeup brushes.

NOTE: Avoid soap as it can dry out the hair of your brushes.

What to do:

  1. Run brush under lukewarm water ensuring that it is thoroughly wet and residual makeup is washed out. Be careful to keep the base of your brush head away from the water as this can result in rust and the glue breaking down over time, causing the bristles to fall out.
  2. Fill a small bowl with warm water and add a dollop of shampoo then swirl your brush in the mix. Gently massage the tips of the bristles into the palm of your hand working up lather.
  3. Rinse your brush under running water until all the shampoo is rinsed off and the water runs clean.
  4. Gently squeeze and reshape your brush using a clean towel or lint-free cloth.
  5. Lay your brush to dry completely with the bristles hanging over the edge of a bench or counter top. This allows the air to circulate around them properly. Never leave your brushes to dry on a towel as this may cause mildew.

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