Every girl needs a set of quality makeup brushes in her beauty arsenal. The great thing about splurging on these tools is they will last a very long time if you take care of them properly. I believe I bought my first set of makeup brushes around age 16, and I just recently bought new ones, not to replace, but to add to my set. So don’t be afraid to spend a little more money because you’ll probably have them for 10 years.
But in order to keep them around for that long, you need to make sure they’re in tip top shape. This means cleaning your brushes regularly. If you use them every day, it’s good to clean them every 1-2 months. If you use them a few times a week, 3-4 months is fine. But giving them a good wash every now and then removes buildup and bacteria, serious offenders that can cause breakouts.
The awesome thing about cleaning your makeup brushes is it’s cheap and incredible easy to do. All you need is baby shampoo and your sink. Put a small amount of shampoo into your palm and wet the brush bristles. Gently swirl the brush in your hand to create suds. Rinse and repeat until the water runs clean. Gently squeeze out any excess water, then shake or use your fingers to mold the bristles back to their original shape. To dry, lay them on a flat surface, making sure the bristles are complexly hanging off so they don’t dry into a weird shape. Your best bet is to wash and let them sit overnight so they’re ready for you to use in the morning.
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