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How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes — Expert Tips On The Necessary Task

Thu, April 30, 2015 5:04pm EDT by 1 Comment

You can buy all the makeup that MAC can make, but if your brushes are dirty, you’re just spreading around bacteria that can give you bad skin. Read how to keep your brushes (and skin) clean, here.

We’re guilty of using our makeup brushes until they’re coated in so much leftover foundation, concealer and powder we practically don’t even need to put anything on the brush before we sweep it over our face. But cleaning your brushes is not only important when it comes to getting an even application, it can also improve your skin.

How To Clean Makeup Brushes — IT Cosmetics Shares Their 4 Quick & Easy Steps

If you’re noticing your makeup brushes have seen better days, IT Cosmetics says restoring them to their former glory is as easy as following these steps (no excuses!):

“1) Dampen your brush head under warm water.

2) Using a small amount of facial cleanser, gently massage the brush head, working the cleanser through the brush.  You can rub the brush head on a damp washcloth to help remove makeup.

3) Holding your brush on a downward angle, rinse with warm water, allowing the water to run down and away from the brush. Squeeze water from brush and continue to rinse until the water runs clear.

4) Squeeze out excess water, reshape the brush head and lay your brush flat to dry.

You should be washing your brushes once a week!”

Here’s How To Tell When You Need A New Brush

If you’ve been hanging onto your brushes for years without cleaning them properly, it’s probably time to replace them with some new ones. Especially your liquid foundation brushes and any brushes you use near your eyes, as over time, they become full of bacteria that can cause breakouts and irritate the sensitive skin around your eyes.

Get some new IT Cosmetics brushes at Ulta — the new Velvet Luxe line of brushes are super soft and luxurious.

How often do you clean your brushes? Will you be using these tips this spring for better skin?

— Marissa DeSantis