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​Why it’s important to clean your make-up brushes

Make-up brushes are like shoes; you can’t have too many. Also like shoes, the best ones are expensive and as a member of your daily accessorizing routine, they see a lot wear and tear. If you take the time to clean your make-up brushes, they’ll outlast every pair of shoes you own.

Your brushes touch your face every day, which means that everything on your face is on your brush. And in your make-up. And back on your face. “Everything” includes dead skin cells, oil, dirt, dust, pollen, fluff, eye lashes, hairstyling residue, build-up from the make-up you’re applying, and anything that's transferred from your fingers when you scratched your cheek earlier. The build-up of these pollutants can cause breakouts, skin reactions (I’m looking at you, eczema), and make for an uneven make-up application. Sure, you wash your face every day, but those sneaky particles can land on you any time.

Cleaning make-up brushes is quick and easy, and you don’t need any expensive or exclusive products to do it. Any kind of mild soap, shampoo or detergent-based face wash will do the trick. Wash your hands, then apply a small drop of cleanser into the palm of your hand, or if you’re using bar soap work up a lather. Wet the bristles of the brush and then dip into the cleanser in your palm. Gently rub the bristles in circles to work the dirt out. Rinse everything and repeat if you see colour in the rinse water. For brushes with particularly stubborn buildup, treating bristles first with olive oil should help to loosen the dirt. When you’re satisfied with the cleanliness of your make-up brush, wipe excess water off onto a clean cloth and arrange the bristles back into their original shape. Lay the brush flat to dry. Drying time usually takes several hours. If you use your make-up brushes daily, it’s recommended that your wash them at least every 2 weeks.