How to Clean Makeup Brushes
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I love using brushes to apply my makeup because they give me more control over how much product and I use and where it goes.  Quality brushes aren't cheap, so I want to make them last as long as possible by taking care of them.  If you don't clean your brushes, bacteria and other germs can get transferred from your face and contaminate your makeup.  You can also transfer color from one jar to another, which changes your whole look.  

Dirty brushes can get stiff, and that can affect your application and irritate your face.  Follow these steps to learn how to clean makeup brushes.

Ideally, you should clean your brushes every day.  If that's not possible, try to clean them once a week to prevent contamination and help them last longer.

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

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  1. Wet brush with tepid water.  Do not use hot or cold water because it can damage the bristles.  
  2. Wash the bristles with facial soap or a gentile soap like castile soap  (or make your own castile soap).  Gently work the soap through the bristles and squeeze to get out excess water.  Repeat until water runs clear.
  3. Lie brushes flat on a clean towel to dry.  Reshape the bristles as needed.  Let dry completely before using.
Your brushes will take several hours to dry, so try to wash them just after using them so they are dry for the next day.  You may consider having two foundation brushes so you can wash them more often.  Now that you know how to clean makeup brushes, you can keep them soft and help keep your skin blemish free!

As you clean, try not to get the metal part wet because it can rust.

Do the different types of brushes confuse you?  Here's your complete guide to makeup brushes!  I use ELF makeup brushes, and I love them -- and the price!

When was the last time you washed your brushes?

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.