June 4, 2011

How to Clean Your Make-up Brushes

Some girls don't realize the importance of cleaning your make-up brushes. It not only gets rid of the gunk that's built up in the brushes, making the colours you use cleaner and more vibrant, but also helps eliminate the amount of bacteria stuck inside the brush itself. This bacteria is growing on the brush and when you use the brush again, that bacteria gets all over your face. And that's gross. This is especially nasty with foundation brushes and eye-brushes (bacteria in your eye? ewwww). The following is a super easy way to clean your brushes. I'm lazy, so I tend not to want to spend a whole lot of time doing it. But every week, I go through this routine.

STEP ONE: Wet the brush under running water. It's so important that you tilt the brush at a slight angle pointing down (as shown). This is because if the water gets into the metal bit, it could get to the handle. For plastic-handled brushes, this could mean that the glue could disintegrate and make the bristles fall out. For wooden handles, this could cause the wood to rot and ruin the brush.
STEP TWO: Add a blob of baby wash! This could also work with baby shampoo. Baby products are better because they are super gentle on the brush. And if there is any residue, it is gentler on your face. It also cuts through the oils in most make-up. I use cheap stuff from the dollar tree.
STEP THREE: Swirl the brush on your hand. Some people prefer to use a towel, but I think that this works better and it makes it so I don't have to use another towel. Swirl it until all of the gunk is on your hand.
STEP FOUR: Rinse the brush under running water, similarly to the first step. You can also squeeze the bristles, but DO NOT PULL on them.
STEP FIVE: Place the brush on a towel. Shape the brush so that the bristles are together.
STEP SIX: Press a bit of the towel on top of the brush to get out any extra water. DO NOT PULL THE BRISTLES.
STEP SEVEN: Reshape the brush and leave to dry on the towel overnight or until completely dry. :)


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