Thursday, September 15, 2016

56. Protect your biggest investment and clean your make-up brushes!

We don't use dirty washcloths or soiled toilet paper, right?

I was putting on my bronzer this morning (oh yes, girls need bronzer too - especially in the fall/winter months!), and I caught a whiff of something that smelled...well....old.

It's been a minute since I've lavishly laundered my makeup brush collection, and that quaint odor was a horrifying reminder of what else I might be putting on my face besides some iridescent color.

For your reading pleasure, here are a few tips from Lauren Conrad's Beauty School on How to Clean Your Make up Brushes.

  1. Begin by running your brushes under lukewarm water, rinsing out all of the residual makeup. Try to focus on the actual bristles while avoiding the part of the brush where handle meets the head, as this can loosen the glue over time
  2. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a squirt of shampoo, and gently swirl your brush tip in the water. If you need to, you can also swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to work up a lather.
  3. Rinse the brush tip under running water once again. Repeat steps two and three until the water runs clear from the brush,
  4. Use a cloth to wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go.
  5. Lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry.
And there you have it! Your makeup brushes will be as clean a whistle. It’s also worth mentioning that there are specially formulated brush shampoos on the market. A gentle clarifying or baby shampoo will do the trick just fine though.

I think it's also helpful to know what happens when you don't wash your makeup-brushes as often as needed. 

Many thanks to Mandie Williams from The Gloss for posting an article on what happens when you don't clean them thoroughly. Here are 10 Terrifying Things Dirty Makeup Brushes Do to your Face.

1. Dirty Brushes Break You Out
2. Dirty Brushes = Terrible Color Payoff
3. Dirty Brushes are a Circle Jerk for Germs
4. Dirty Brushes Cause Skin Irritation
5. Dirty Brushes Give You Poo Face
6. Dirty Brushes Could Rip Out Your Eyelashes
7. Dirty Brushes Give You Herpes and Pinkeye
8. Dirty Brushes Ruin Your Investment
9. Dirty Brushes Cause Mystery Breakouts and Allergies
10. Dirty Brushes are Just the Gateway Drug

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