Brush it Off

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When it comes to flawless makeup application, having a great set of brushes is key.  And when it comes to flawless skin, having a great system for cleaning those brushes is also key.  Dirty brushes can contain old makeup (duh!), dead skin cells, dirt, dust, sweat, and even bacteria.  When you continue to use the same brushes on your skin, day after day, without cleaning them, your face can begin to breakout, which is never a good thing.

So, cleaning your makeup brushes on a regular basis is a must.  If you wear makeup on a daily basis, then I suggest you clean your brushes once a week, preferably on a Saturday night or Sunday morning, so that they have time to dry.

To do, fill a clean sink or basin with luke warm water.  Immerse your makeup sponges completely in the water and let them soak.  If your makeup brushes are inexpensive, feel free to soak them in the water as well.  However, if you’ve invested in a good set of brushes, soaking them may loosen the glue around the handle.   So, for these brushes, I suggest you only get the brush wet and not the handle.

I’ve used Dawn to clean my makeup brushes in the past, and it works great.  However, I’m not a big fan of the scent it leaves behind.  My new favorite brush cleanser to use is Johnson & Johnson’s baby shampoo.  It’s gentle enough to use on all of your sponges and brushes and I love the smell.

I like to apply a little baby shampoo to the palm of my hand, mix it with a little water, and then clean the brush or sponge directly in my palm, rubbing it and pressing it into my palm until the water runs clear.  Gently squeeze out any excess water from your sponges and brushes and lay them out flat to dry.

While you can use your sponge before it is completely dry, I suggest you don’t use your brushes until they are completely dry in order to avoid ruining your powders or brushes.

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