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    How to clean your makeup brushes

    Makeup brushes can become breeding grounds for bacteria due to makeup residue, oil, and dirt, leading to skin issues like acne and infections, and nobody wants that. To maintain healthy skin, it’s crucial to clean your brushes regularly, ideally every seven to ten days.

    How to clean your makeup brushes, EntertainmentSA News South Africa
    Make up brushes / Image: Getty Images

    Here’s a guide to cleaning your makeup brushes effectively:

    1. Rinsing: Start by rinsing the tips of your brushes under lukewarm running water to remove makeup residue. Avoid wetting the entire brush head to prevent damage.
    2. Shampooing: Use clarifying or gentle shampoo diluted in lukewarm water. Swirl the brush tips in the shampoo mixture to create lather.
    3. Rinsing Again: Rinse the brush tips under running water to remove shampoo residue.
    4. Repeat if Necessary: Repeat the shampooing and rinsing process until the water runs clear.
    5. Excess Water Removal: Gently squeeze out the excess water from the brush bristles using clean, dry paper towels.
    6. Drying: Lay the brushes flat on a dry towel with the tips hanging off the edge to air dry. Avoid standing them upright, as this can damage the glue. Brushes typically take about a day to dry, but overnight drying is also effective.

    If your brushes feel stiff after cleaning, apply conditioner to the bristles, rinse with water, and let them dry flat to soften them.

    For cleaning, you can use household products like liquid dish soap, vinegar, and lemon solution, or baby shampoo. These effectively remove residue and disinfect the brushes.

    The cleaning frequency depends on the makeup type and application areas. Brushes for wet products should be cleaned weekly, while those for eye makeup can be cleaned every two weeks. Brushes for dry products require monthly cleaning.

    Remember to clean sponges used with liquid products regularly to prevent bacterial growth on your skin.

    Main image: Good Housekeeping

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