Guide to Cleaning Makeup Brushes

Many people never think of cleaning their makeup brushes. It is an important step to rid your brushes of all the dirt, dead skin cells and bacteria that can accumulate after regular use. This is especially important of you have oily skin and acne. With proper maintenance, you can minimize shedding and keep your brushes soft and clean for years.

Between Makeup Applications

  1. Take your brush and wipe off any excess product onto a microfiber towel.
  2. Spot clean with a non-rinse spray cleanser. This step is crucial if you have oily, acne-prone skin. (Our Bodyography line has an excellent spray-on brush cleaner.)
  3. Let dry.

Bi-monthly Cleanings

  1. Deep clean your brushes everyone to two months with a gentle shampoo. Wet the bristles under warm water, angling downward to ensure the metal part of the brush does not get wet. This can destroy the grip if the wood gets wet and swells underneath the metal portion.
  2. Place a few drops of shampoo in the palm of your hand. Now swish the bristles in a circle patterned. You should see makeup pigment being released onto your hand. Repeat until there is no pigment left.
  3. Rinse the brush the same way you washed it, with the brush being angled downward. Use your fingers to get all the makeup and soap out of the brush.
  4. Squeeze out any excessive water and place flat onto a towel to dry overnight. Again, try to not get the metal handle wet during this process.
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By Amber Luebke and Bree McLain, owners of Lotus Salon in Stoughton, WI, have over 35 years combined experience specializing in hair color, accenting your best features and addressing your specific needs. Google+
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