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Makeup Brush Shape-Up

March 28, 2011 at 7:30 am , by

Sephora Antibacterial Brush Set

Sephora Antibacterial Brush Set, $60

I have a dirty secret, and it’s about my makeup brushes. Actually, it is my makeup brushes. Like many women, I don’t take the best care of them, but I’ve vowed to change. Here are 3 tips to whip your makeup brushes in shape:

Avoid damaging build-up. With each use, your brushes accumulate makeup particles— wipe them off with tissue or soft clothe after application. Make sure not to pull the bristles too roughly, lest they fall out. Did you know: Makeup build-up can clog pores and damage the bristles making your brush less effective.

Store brushes properly. The way you store makeup brushes is important. Always keep them in a dry case and lay them flat or standing upright to avoid misshapen bristle syndrome. Did you know: Dust is another factor in brush build-up. If you don’t have a proper case, use an old eyeglass case to store your brushes.

Clean. Clean. Clean. Most importantly, clean your brushes at least once per month. To wash them, use a gentle shampoo of face soap, rinse until the water runs clear, squeeze out excess water, and dry them flat on a clean towel. Did you know: Many brands have cleaning solution that you can use for a quick clean, and Sephora has a special Antibacterial Brush Set, $60, to ensure cleaner brushes between washes.

Maintaining your makeup brushes is as easy as 1-2-3. Find out other ways to “Kick Your Worst beauty Habits” in the March 2011 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal.