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One surefire way to clog your pores with bacteria is perpetual use of unsanitary makeup brushes. We religiously follow the traditional happier-skin regimen: washing face twice daily, using excellent skin care products, wearing sunscreen, drinking lots of water – but we often go lax on cleaning our entrusted makeup applicators.  With every single brush use, we create a nesting ground in our brushes for microbes and germs.  Rather than stressing about it, just start a new habit of washing your makeup brushes often. 

Cleaning Agents

Professional Brush Cleaning Solution: A must for makeup artists and beauty professionals - these sterile solutions can be found at department stores and/or beauty supply stores.  Follow the instructions on the bottle.

Vinegar + Water: Simply combine 4 oz. of water with 2 oz. of white vinegar in a glass. Soak your brushes for five minutes, rinse, and lay flat on a towel to dry.

Facial Cleanser or Shampoo: If you prefer to use products you already have at home (money saver!), They both have the power to thoroughly clean your brushes and are free of irritants. Simple and effective brush cleaning in four steps:

    1. Moisten brushes thoroughly under warm running water.
    2. Put enough shampoo or cleanser into palm of hand to completely cover brush, then move in a circular motion to loosen makeup particles. 
    3. Rinse thoroughly with warm water until water runs clear.
    4. Lay flat on a towel and allow to air dry.

Frequency: Repeat this process every two weeks at the very least. If you use a brush to apply liquid makeup (such as concealer) brushes need to be sanitized every day. 



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