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Warning: Dirty Makeup Brushes

Uneven makeup application and facial breakouts can be the direct result of dirty makeup brushes. Makeup brushes can collect a large amount of dirt, oil, and even bacteria over time. Keeping skin healthy and completely clean will be easier to do if clean makeup brushes are used.

Makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria. When bacteria is present, it can be spread directly onto the skin. This can cause acne and breakouts. Since this can be the direct result of using dirty makeup brushes, it is best to clean them periodically.

There are only a few necessary items needed to clean makeup brushes. These would be, a towel, water, shampoo, vinegar, and of course, your makeup brushes. Gathering these items together before starting will make the process much easier.

Once you have these items, it is time to begin. The first step will be to run each of the brushes under warm water in the sink. Once the brushes are wet, apply a very small amount of shampoo and worth them into a later. Rinse the shampoo out, and see if the water runs clear. If color is still coming out of the brush, repeat the shampoo and rinse step until no more color is coming from the brush.

Mix two parts of water to one part of vinegar in a bowl. Dip each brush in this solution, and then set it aside to dry. Vinegar serves as a disinfectant. Let the brushes air dry. Hair dryers can damage the bristles of the brushes.

Many beauty supply stores carry makeup brush cleaning products. These products do work well, but are more expensive than the method listed above. Whichever you choose is fine. Makeup brushes should be cleaned on a weekly basis. This is the best way to keep your face clear, and to ensure that makeup goes on flawlessly.

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