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How to Care for Your Makeup Brushes
A little TLC can help your brushes last a long time
Not to gross you out, but think about what’s going on in your makeup brushes … Sure there’s extra makeup, but there’s also oil that can become a breeding ground for bacteria. I would be scared to ask 100 women how often they wash their brushes, so let’s just make a pact to care for them properly moving forward.
First things first, most makeup artists (and clean freaks like me) will recommend you wash your brushes every two weeks, but it’s actually much easier than you think. All you have to do is wet your brushes, suds them up with a little liquid hand soap or a gentle shampoo, rinse well (until the water runs clear), reshape the bristles, and lay them flat on a towel to dry. If you wash them at night, most brushes should be dry by morning (but you may want to invest in a travel set just in case – and these come in handy for touchups on the go).
Of course if you insist on picking up a product specifically for this task, I’d recommend the Brush Cleaner Wipes from Japonesque. These wipes contain a solution that dissolves dirt, oil and makeup while conditioning the bristles, helping to extend the life of your brushes. $18 for 12 wipes, japonesque.com