How to best clean makeup brushes

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When was the last time you washed your makeup brushes? We know, cleaning your brushes might seem like a chore, but it has to be done at least once every two weeks. That’s because your brushes accumulate dirt, bacteria and product build-up which may cause surprise breakouts. Pretty gross, right?

The only way to keep your tools bacteria-free is with regular cleaning. Here’s how to wash makeup brushes correctly to keep your tools — and your skin — squeaky clean.

  1. Wet

    Run the bristles of your brush under lukewarm water. Be careful not to get any water into the base of the brush head as it can loosen the glue holding the bristles in place and eventually lead to shedding.

  2. Swirl

    Take a gentle soap or facial cleanser, put some on your hand and dip the brush into it. Gently swirl your brush in a circular motion to create a lather.

  3. Rinse clean

    Rinse your brush under running water, making sure there’s no lather or residue left. If there is, repeat the process.

  4. Dry

    Gently squeeze the water out of the brush and shape it back into its original shape, then lay it flat to air dry overnight.

  • Water, gentle soap or facial cleanser

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