Keep Your Brushes (and your face) Clean

Mar 29, 11 Keep Your Brushes (and your face) Clean

Putting on make-up is an art. One wrong move and you can go from diva to clown (just ask regular face-paint victim Christina Aguilera). And as any other artist, you need to take good care of your working tools. That being said, when is the last time you cleaned your make-up brushes? Let me guess…never? Most chicas aren’t aware of the fact that brushes need to be cleaned regularly to scrub out the make-up residue, body oils and dead skin that become accumulated on the bristles and are a prime breeding ground for bacteria. Guacala, right? Probably hadn’t thought about it that way. No worries, we’re here to show you an appropriate brush-care routine. Firstly, gently wipe your brushes after each use with a fresh baby wipe and perform the following cleanse once a week:

  • Fill a bowl with a few inches of warm water. Add a capful of mild shampoo (preferably one for normal hair. The daily clarifying type works well) and 3 to 4 drops of tea tree oil, a natural anti-bacterial agent.
  • Place the brushes in the bowl and carefully rub the bristles for at least 30 seconds (for each brush).
  • Rinse thoroughly, pat dry, lay flat and leave to air dry. You may need to reshape the bristles with your fingers.

This solution works great, so there’s no need to purchase ‘professional’ cleaning substances or trying to boil your brushes to sterilize them (that’s just crazy, you’ll ruin them). So get to cleaning before you go back to painting, otherwise you’ll just be spreading a colorful array of microbes on your face.

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