Have you ever had acne? How about conjunctivitis (pink eye) or a cold sore? Are you well past adolescence, but still experience break-outs? The culprit could very well be your make-up brushes. Overtime, oil, dead skin, make-up particles, and other debris build up on your brushes, creating the perfect breeding environment for bacteria. With just a few simple steps you can prevent bacteria growth on your make-up brushes, thus preventing, not only the above mentioned, but a whole list of other skin problems.

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 You will need:

-a shallow bowl

-a lint free cloth

-gentle or baby shampoo

How to:

1. Rinse your make-up brush under cold running water. While holding the brush under the running water, gently squeeze the bristles in a downward motion, removing any make-up particles or debris.

2. Fill the bowl with cold water, and add a squirt or two of shampoo. Stir vigorously to create a lather.

3. Dip your brush into the lather, and then gently swirl the bristles around on the palm of your hand.

4. Once again rinse your make-up brush under cold running water. Gently squeeze the bristles in a downward motion to remove the access shampoo and water. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the water runs clear from your brush.

5. Use a lint free cloth to remove the access water and reshape your bristles.

6. Lay your brushes flat on a towel to dry.

Avoid:

-using hot water, as it can damage your bristles

-getting water under the area where the handle and brush meet, as this can loosen the glue overtime, eventually destroying your brush

Tip:

-wash your make-up brushes at night when you do your nightly skin routine,  this way your brushes will be clean and dry for morning make-up application

I have very sensitive skin and if I do not wash my make-up brushes every night, I will have a break out in no time. If you do not have that problem, you can get away with washing them every three days. It only takes a few minutes, and trust me, your skin will thank you. 

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