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Beauty Basics

Step-by-step: cleaning makeup brushes Add to ...

Using your brushes daily can mix colours on brushes and lead to bacteria build-up, so it's important to keep your tools clean.

For daily cleaning, try using a makeup brush cleaner, which you can purchase in the cosmetic area in drug stores. Spray onto a paper towel and wipe your brushes back and forth until the colour comes off.

For foundation or concealer brushes, place the brush cleaner in a small container and dip the brushes in. From there, wipe on a paper towel and repeat until the product comes off.

You should aim to clean your brushes once a week.

With animal hair brushes, use a gentle shampoo and warm water. Baby shampoo is an inexpensive option.

With synthetic hair brushes, using a gentle hand soap to remove any build up is best, as synthetic brushes are often made from plastic fibres and can handle a stronger soap to remove product.

Once thoroughly clean, make sure to reshape the bristles and lay them flat to dry. The edge of a table or a ledge is best as the brush ends will air dry faster. Placing a book on the handles will ensure they don't fall down.

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