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Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Makeup Brushes: Preserve Your Tools, Protect Your Skin

Dive into my expert guide on how to clean makeup brushes effectively, preserving their quality while protecting your skin from breakouts and bacteria. Discover practical tips for maintaining your brushes using methods like the IPA Cleaning Method, Fairy Antibacterial Washing-Up Liquid, and gentle Baby Shampoo. Learn the importance of regular cleaning routines, drying techniques, and when to replace your brushes. Whether you're a makeup enthusiast or a professional, this guide offers insights to keep your brushes in top condition and ensure a flawless makeup application every time.

Cleaning your makeup brushes is crucial for maintaining healthy skin and ensuring your makeup application is as flawless as possible. Here's a comprehensive guide:

Avoid Soaking Brushes:

Never soak brushes in any liquid, as this can weaken the glue and cause bristle loss on any type of brush.

Drying Method:

Always dry brushes facing down to prevent water damage to the handle and bristles.

IPA Cleaning Method:

For personal brushes, clean them at least once a week. For professional kits, clean after each client using IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol), which is quick-drying and sterilizes effectively. Use a small glass container for IPA, as some plastics may melt. Only submerge the bristles, not the entire brush, in IPA. Change the IPA frequently to maintain its effectiveness.

Antibacterial Washing-Up Liquid:

A novel method for personal brushes involves using Fairy antibacterial washing-up liquid, warm water, and a colander. Use the colander's holes to scrub the brushes, then rinse thoroughly. This method is effective in removing dirt and maintaining brush hygiene.

Baby Shampoo:

Baby shampoo is gentle on brushes but may not eliminate all bacteria. It's a good option for keeping bristles soft and fragrant.

Regular Brush Maintenance:

Whilst brushes don't last forever, with proper care, they don't need to be replaced as frequently as every 3-4 months. Look for signs of wear and tear for replacement.

Brush Variety:

I don't have a personal preference of makeup brush I use multiple brands. I use synthetic and real hair bristles in my professional and personal kit, each type has it's advantages.

Remember, well-maintained brushes are key to a successful makeup application and can significantly impact your skin's health.

If you find that you are suffering from unusual breakouts and problem skin try cleaning your brushes more often it really can make a big difference.

Elevate your beauty routine with expert care for all your brushes, all detailed in 'Make Up Your Face'.

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