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How To: Care for your Make-up Brushes


The foundation to any good make up collection is your make-up brushes.  Investing in a good set of brushes really makes a huge difference in everyday make-up application.  And if you are going to invest the money in a good set of brushes, you might as well take care of them.

Here are a few tips to how to clean, care for, and store your make-up brushes that I have found helpful.
  • You should be washing your brushes pretty frequently to ensure that bacteria doesn't build up in your brushes.  I would recommend at a minimum of once a month.  

  • Select a cleanser that is specific for make-up brushes or gentle enough to use on the brushes (MAC Brush Cleanser or Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo)

  • Use warm water to dilute the cleanser and clean the brush gently with your fingers.  You should see the pigment begin to come off of the brush.  Continue until the water runs clear and there is no visible pigment left on the brush. 

  • Lay flat to dry overnight on a paper towel (DO NOT place on end in container to dry)

Once the brushes are dry, store them as usual.  I would recommend that you store them on-end in an open container.  This allows the brushes to not roll around in a make up bag and continue to get dirty or pick up other particles of other makeups that may be loose.

If you are looking to start your make-up brush collection, I would recommend going to speak to someone at a beauty counter.  MAC Cosmetics are some of my favorite brushes (especially for eye makeup and blush), but other brands such as Bobbi Brown and Trish McEvoy make excellent brushes as well.  Most of these brands have starter kits that you can purchase and have individual brushes to supplement for your specific beauty needs.  I personally use a combination of the Bare Escentuals (for face), Laura Mercier (for face), and MAC Brushes (eyes and blush).

Other applicators/tools that should be in your beauty drawer: eyelash curler (Shu Uemura is a fave), Tweezers (TweezerMan Slant Tweezers), All Purpose Blender (for those who use foundation/tinted moisturizer - this or this) and a lash/eyebrow comb.

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