Keeping your makeup brushes clean is a very important part of your skincare regime as dirty, grimey makeup brushes can harbor bacteria, which can infect your skin and cause all sorts of breakouts. “Through daily use, makeup brushes can accumulate dead skin cells, dirt, oil, pollution, and bacteria,” says Dr. Debbie Palmer, dermatologist and co-founder of Dermatology Associates of New York.
So those recent breakouts could have something to do with the bacteria buildup, skin irritations from unwashed brushes, pores getting clogged up with old makeup from your brushes and a whole host of other nasty things that sound worse than scare tactics.
Ideally you need to be using a quick brush cleaning solution after each application or between clients if you apply makeup to other people, but it’s also important to give them all a deep clean. It is very common to use a mild shampoo, or a nice hand wash, like Dove with antibacterial properties or just good old dish washing liquid to get rid of all the buildup.
However if you want THE quickest and easiest way ever to deep clean your brushes – try this little trick with olive oil.
1.Drizzle equal amounts of olive oil and Fairy dish washing liquid onto a plate.
2. Rub your brush around the plate, leave on side of plate and do the next brush. Repeat.
3. When you have swirled all the brushes around on the plate, take the one you started with and squeeze it between your fingers. All the excess makeup literally seeps off the brush.
4. Rinse under warm water and it should run clear in an instant. if it does not, repeat step one and two.
5. Set aside on a paper towel to air dry naturally.
Honestly, this is just so simple and quick and if you don’t believe me, go and try it right now. Your makeup brushes probably could do with a deep clean now that you think of it.
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