Must Have Habit: Cleaning Your Make Up Brushes! A How To!

how to clean makeup brushes
Often times we forget how important it is to keep makeup brushes clean. With daily application of powder, shadow and concealer, brushes can be a breading ground for bacteria and can therefore lead to breakouts. To keep makeup brushes germ-free, clean once every week (or two). This will also help the brushes to apply the makeup more efficiently because they won’t be caked with product.

To clean, all you need is a little baby shampoo and water (yes, really!). There are several ways to clean brushes depending on how deep of a clean you want, but we like this simple process for getting out grime. Follow these steps courtesy of The Beauty Department to keep your brushes looking like new.

How to wash makeup brushes:
1. Pour a tablespoon of any baby or organic shampoo into a small bowl then add warm water from your faucet so it gets nice and bubbly.

2. One at a time, dip your used brushes into the solution, gently swirling them across the bottom of the bowl to release the product. Keep the brushes in the water as you add each new one.

3. After washing, let the brushes have a quick soak for 5-10 seconds, no more and no less.

4. One by one, hold each brush under cold water to rinse any remaining product and seal the hairs.

5. Re-mold each brush if necessary by pressing the hairs between your fingers until it’s back to its original shape.

How to dry makeup brushes:

You don’t want to dry your brushes in an upright position because the water settles into the glue that’s holding the bristles together at the base of each brush head and starts breaking down the glue over time, causing the hairs to come off when you swipe the brush against your face, says The Beauty Department. So you can either lay your brushes flat or even better, make this quick little drying station in two steps.

1. Grab a hand towel, a paper towel or a dinner napkin. Fold it in half three times, to make it smaller and to create a “crease,” then unfold it once. Where your crease was, slide anything cylinder shaped under it to create the base of your see-saw.

2. Balance each brush across the crease so that the brush head is pointing down, but not touching the napkin. Now let them dry completely for a few hours (or overnight) and return them to their home. For the full tutorial with step-by-step photos, click here.

Via Heidi Klum AOL

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