Saturday, April 25, 2009

Cleaning Your Make Up Brushes

Cleaning makeup brushes can be a hassle but it is necessary for them to remain in the best shape. With the following options available I know you will find one that works best for you.Brush Cleaner: You can purchase a brush cleaner from a department store or beauty supply store. Ask the salespeople what their favorites are. My favorite is Japonesque Professional Brush Cleaner. It has a mild citrus smell and will clean all makeup, disinfect and conditions the hair of the brush as well. Just spray it on the brush and wipe clean with a towel or paper towel. The best part...the makeup brush is completely dry after you are done! It is perfect, especially when you don't have the time to wait for your brushes to dry. If you are on a limited budget Baby Shampoo works just as great. Also try Vinegar and Water: Use 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar, dip your brushes in the mixtures and rinse clean in warm water. This will disinfect your brushes so if multiple people use them, this is a great option over a brush cleaner. For the following cleaning options I recommend putting the product into your hand, dipping the brush in a small amount of water and lathering the makeup brush thoroughly. Then rinse with warm water and lay flat on a towel to dry.Shampoo: It doesn't really matter what kind of shampoo you use but shampoo works great for cleaning your makeup brushes. Remember, makeup brushes are hair and shampoo works great on yours, right? When I have the time, this is the option I use. Facial Cleanser: A gentle cleanser works well for cleaning your makeup brushes. If it will remove the makeup from your face, it will remove the makeup from your brush. How often should you clean your makeup brushes? It depends on the brush. Any brush you use on a liquid cosmetic should be cleaned everyday; such as, concealer, foundation, lip products and cream eye shadow. For other brushes I would recommend as often as once a week or at the least every two weeks.

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