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Clean Makeup Brushes = Clean Skin and Better Application

Clean Makeup Brushes = Clean Skin and Better Application

By Kristen Floyd

It’s a New Year, time for resolutions and restructuring.  Clear away the clutter and start fresh and new.  Speaking of clearing away clutter…when is the last time you went through your makeup bag?  When is the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes?  Makeup has an expiration date, not just in trends, but an actual shelf life.  And makeup brushes can harbor all kinds of bacteria and you can be applying that to your face, over and over on a daily basis.  Makeup brushes should be wiped before/after each use, and thoroughly cleansed once a week.  There are many brands of brush cleansers or cleaners on the market, if they sell brushes; they generally offer a cleanser for them.  There are also several types, a spray cleaner that can be used to clean brushes daily, a shampoo that is used for weekly deep cleanings, and there are even convenient wipes that can be used daily to quickly clean brushes in between uses.  The wipes are especially perfect for when you’re traveling and there are liquid restrictions.  To clean your brushes with the spray cleaner, simply spritz one or two pumps onto a tissue and sweep brush back and forth across the tissue.  You’ll see the makeup come off on the spritzed tissue.  Continue until the brush comes up clean, and deposits no makeup on the tissue.  For the weekly cleaning, use a small amount of the shampoo to cleanse each brush individually.  Wet your brush…being careful to only wet the bristle portion, if you wet the base where the bristles are attached to the handle, this can break down the glue that holds the brush together. Use a small amount of the shampoo and rub gently with your fingers into the wet bristles creating lather.  Then rinse until clean and water runs clear.  If your brushes have not been cleaned in a long time, you may have to repeat the shampoo process to get all of the makeup out.  Then use a towel to gently squeeze out the excess water, re-shape brush and lay out flat on a clean towel to dry.  If you need to speed the drying a process along, simply use a hair dryer on the lowest/coolest setting to help dry the brushes.  Remember, clean brushes perform better, your makeup will look better…and you can be confident that you’re not applying more than just your makeup!

 

Kristen Floyd is an Esthetician, Makeup Artist & Bridal Makeup Specialist at Tranquille Hair & Body in Towson.  She provides facials, chemical peels, waxing, makeup, eyelash extensions and spray tans.  She was named one of Baltimore’s Best for Eyelash Extensions in 2013 by CBS Baltimore.  She is also the writer of the bi-monthly column Beauty Breakdown with Kristen in B Woman Magazine.  Follow her work and view her portfolio on her Facebook page, Makeup and Skin by Kristen Floyd https://www.facebook.com/pages/Makeup-and-Skin-by-Kristen-Floyd/105091762909028?ref=hl.  View the salon and a complete list of services offered at tranquillehairandbody.com.  To reach Kristen directly, email her at makeupbykristen@live.com.
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