Keep your make-up brushes clean

We all use make-up brushes every day, but few of us clean them regularly.Not cleaning your brushes can mean you harbour bacteria, and this can be a massive issue if you suffer with problem skin. We spoke to award winning make-up artist Stacey Whittaker…

We all use make-up brushes every day, but few of us clean them regularly.

Not cleaning your brushes can mean you harbour bacteria, and this can be a massive issue if you suffer with problem skin. We spoke to award winning make-up artist Stacey Whittaker for her tips on keeping your brushes spick and span.

“Cleaning your make-up brushes regularly and correctly is so important for both your skin’s wellbeing and your make-up application,” Stacey told us. “You should aim to wash them once per week, this is especially essential with face brushes that you use for foundation, concealer etc.”

Stacey advises using water that’s “just warm and not too hot”, otherwise it might damage the brushes’ delicate bristles.

“Make sure that you hold the brushes facing downwards so the water runs off the bristles instead of running into them,” she added.

Stacey is a fan of brush cleansers, citing the MAC option as her favourite, but if your budget won’t stretch, you can use a gentle liquid soap or facial cleanser.

“Add a small amount of the cleanser to the damp brush and create a lather to remove the build up of product then rinse – thoroughly!” she explained. “Repeat this step if necessary and then gently dry the brush off with a soft cloth or tissue and leave to dry. This may be time consuming but it is crucial and will ensure your make-up application is more smooth and flawless.”

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