Beauty | Clean up your make-up brushes

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We have our cleansing routine down to a fine art, but many of us tend to forget that our make-up brushes also need a thorough and regular cleaning.

We all know the importance of using good quality make-up brushes to create the best look. That is a no-brainer. But while we tend to focus a lot of our attention and effort on maintaining a good beauty routine, many of us forget to clean the tools that we use the most on our faces.

And then we wonder how our faces get so dirty after a long day. Make-up brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Cleaning your brushes will help remove dirt, debris, oils, and bacteria. An added bonus of cleaning is that it makes them soft and supple again, which is great for people with sensitive skin.

How often should you clean your make-up brushes? Ideally, you should do it once a week if not more. This routine can also maintain your brushes lifespan, which is good news if you forked out a lot on the brushes.

There are many ways to clean your brushes. Using unscented, white soap is the easiest method. Soak your brushes in lukewarm water, and then swirl them onto the bar of soap until it lathers up. Then, rinse the brushes but be careful that the water does not go above the shaft or near the metal part. Squeeze out any excess water from the brush and lay it flat on a clean towel and allow them to air dry for at least six to eight hours.

Baby shampoo is another popular method. Squeeze a small amount of shampoo onto a sponge and swirl the brushes into it, working up a good lather. Rinse in lukewarm water, and leave to dry.

For brushes that are heavily embedded with make-up, you should use olive or almond oil. Take a clean paper towel and dispense a small amount of oil and swirl the brush (dry) onto the towel. Then, clean the brush like normal and make sure you rinse the brush completely and lay flat on a clean towel to dry.