How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Try our simple tips to keep your beauty tools fresh.
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Great makeup brushes are crucial to applying flawless makeup. But did you know you have to keep them clean, too? Follow these quick-clean routines every three to four weeks:

Step 1: Fill your sink basin with warm water and a touch of makeup brush cleaner (Trish McEvoy makes one) or gentle shampoo. Swish until sudsy.

Step 2: Dip just the head of your brush into the water. Be careful not to dip so far that the wooden handle becomes wet; this will weaken the glue that holds the head onto the handle and can make your brush fall apart. Swirl your brush head in circles to help remove old makeup.

Step 3: Under cool running water, rinse away all suds from the head of your brush.

Step 4: Roll the brush between your palms so the bristles fan out, flicking away excess water. A suggestion: Do this in your shower.

Step 5: Reshape bristles to dry. With your fingers, coax bristles back into place. Then place the brush on a towel to air-dry. If you wash brushes at night, they should be ready to use in the morning.


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