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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes: Seventeen Magazine

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Public restrooms. Cars. Inside stores. These are all places that we have seen countless girls apply their makeup. Most times, it is with those dirty brushes that have been building up dirt at the bottom of their makeup bag for months (or even years!). Cleaning your brushes is crucial for keeping the quality of your brushes intact, but most importantly, your skin will become the victim if you do not keep your brushes clean.

We recommend spritzing brushes daily with some anti-bacterial brush cleaner and wipe them on a clean towel after each use. However, as the week goes on, some of the makeup builds up in the brushes and the spray just doesn’t cut it. Here’s how we go about deep cleaning my makeup brushes at the end of the week.

All you really need is some baby shampoo, a clean towel and some anti-bacterial spray like this one. Another item that can be very helpful are brush guards. These help keep the shape of your brushes and eliminate that “fraying of hairs” problem that often goes on with makeup brushes. They come in tons of different sizes so they will fit the tiniest eyeliner brush to the biggest powder puff.

Here are the simple steps!

  1. Gather all of your brushes together near a sink.
  2. Put a very small amount of baby shampoo (I use Johnson and Johnson’s) in the palm of your hand.
  3. Taking one brush at a time, and gently rub them in the baby shampoo.
  4. Take each brush and run it under warm water, using your fingers to rinse the shampoo out.
  5. Squeeze the excess water from the brush hairs and lay them on a clean, dry towel.
  6. Take each brush and gently wipe it back and forth on the towel to get as much water out as possible.

Try to clean your brushes at least once a week. After all, better to spend the few extra minutes than have a dirty face. 

Speaking of brush guards, purchase a set here and keep your tools protected

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