I was cleaning out my makeup drawer the other day and didn’t realize how long it had been since I had actually looked under things and behind things to see what all had been stored in there. What I found was an overload of hidden makeup brushes that had found there way to the back of the drawer. And, there were brushes there that I had long since replaced, thinking that I had lost the brush or misplaced it. As I’m inspecting them to see if they are still any good, I realized that in fact some of them were still in excellent shape, but just plain dirty. I have decided I need to be very conscious of my spending habits so anything I can do to save money, I will now do. Thus, cleaning the old makeup brushes and ongoing maintenance to my new brushes is now essential.

Why is it important to keep makeup brushes clean? For starters, dirty makeup brushes carry bacteria. If you want to minimize any skin problems due to accumulated oils, or eye infections from mascara brushes, keeping your brushes clean is a sound and healthy thing to do. Eye shadow colors start changing their color due to the residue left on a brush. Liquid makeup colors can also change to oxidation and using a makeup brush over and over and it mixing with your skin oils or dust. This can make for a very unhappy makeup application experience.

Washing your makeup brushes is a simple process. Just take some warm soapy water using either shampoo, an antibacterial soap, or a hand sanitizer. Let the brushes soak for about 15 minutes and then wash them gently. Do not scrub the brushes. If any of your brushes came with cleaning instructions you should follow those for any special requirements. Once you have rinsed the soapy mixture from the brush, shape it while wet and lay out the brushes on a paper towel to air dry so that their smoothness is preserved. There are also some inexpensive brush cleaners in the marketplace that will also revitalize and renew your brushes. If your lipstick brushes are needing to be cleaned you may need extra care because of the extra emollients in lip colors. This makes them sticky and hard to wash. If you use a gentle oil on your skin, this might be the ideal solution to work out the lipstick from the brush bristles.

Let’s face it, eventually you are going to have to replace a makeup brush or two, but by cleaning them at a minimum once a week or every ten days, you will definitely extend the life of your brushes and avoid any unnecessary breakouts or other complications when the makeup brush is not functioning at its highest level.

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