It's easier than you think

If you own a single one, then it’s absolutely essential that you understand how to clean make-up brushes properly.

9 out of 10 of us can probably admit to feeling like we really can’t be arsed to clean our beauty toolkit from time to time, but, as Australian model Anthea Page reiterated with photographic evidence last year, you should never skip washing your make-up brushes if you want to avoid a whole host of skin problems – including infections.

The best make-up brushes deserve proper love and care, so we’ve broken down everything you need to know about cleaning them, from exactly how you should clean your tools to how often they need a wash. We’re sure you’ll know how to clean make-up brushes with your eyes shut in no time.

How often should you clean make-up brushes?

This will vary a little depending on how often you use your make-up brushes. If you use them on a daily basis, then you’re going to need to clean them more than if you use them a couple of times a week. But however often you use them, brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria. We say give them a deep clean at least once a week, and ideally use a cleaning spray between uses to freshen them up.

And, as any professional make-up artist will tell you, if you use your make-up brushes on other people they must be cleaned after every single use to avoid the spread of skin conditions or infections.

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How to clean make-up brushes at home

Cleaning your make-up brushes is a lot easier than you might think – it can be done in the comfort of your own home (specifically, your bathroom). Start by rinsing under running water to get some of the excess make-up out of the brush. Then either grab a brush cleanser, like Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Brush Gel, £7.50, Boots, or work ordinary shampoo into the damp brush head, and rinse. Hold your brushes downwards when rinsing so that all of the excess oil and old make-up washes straight down the sink.

Never completely submerge your brushes in water. As top MUA Daniel Sandler advises on his blog: ‘Never totally soak your brush and avoid getting the handle or the metal bit (ferrule) of the brush too wet, as this might harm the glue that holds the bristles together.’ And, when you’ve shelled out so much on such beautiful tools, you don’t want to do anything that could destroy them.

Once you’ve rinsed the brush head until the water runs clear, squeeze the excess out from the brush. Allow your brushes to dry naturally by sitting them over the edge of a table or shelf. It’s as simple as that.

We bet you’ve never been so excited to go home and clean your make-up brushes.

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