Why you need to clean your make up brushes

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Professional make up brushes are an investment.

And, like any other investments we fork out a small fortune for, we expect a pretty decent return on these investments. So when it comes to our make up tools, there are more reasons than just money to ensure that happens.

During use, our make up brushes collect dust, dead skin cells, oils, dirt and bacteria, which isn’t exactly what you want to be placing on your face when you’re already working hard to keep it healthy. If you suffer from acne or sensitive skin, it’s even more important that you keep on top of your brush cleaning. The bacteria that gathers on your foundation and powder brushes can cause your brushes to be rough which can irritate the skin.

Ideally you should clean your brushes after every use, but if that’s not possible, try and get into the habit of cleaning them at least once a week.

While baby shampoo is a great product to keep on hand to clean your brushes with, here are some of the many other special brush shampoos available on the market too.


Pro Hygiene Collection Makeup Brush & Sponge Sanitizing Wash, €14, Cloud10 Beauty

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Make Up Brush Cleaner, €12.54, Crown Brush

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Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel, €9.50, Cloud10 Beauty

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Face Atelier Brush Buff Cleaner, €15.95, Cloud10 Beauty