- Get a case to keep your brushes in when you’re not using them
- Keep the brushes in a dry area
- Clean your brushes after each use. This will help in keeping bacteria from growing in your brushes. Besides you don’t want to use “dirty brushes” on a clean face.
Ok, that was the easy part. Cleaning is even easier, but how you clean your brushes will determine how long they will remain useful.
Use a makeup brush cleanser, gentle hair shampoo or facial cleanser. You can get an inexpensive brush cleanser at Sally Beauty Supply, or Sephora.
- Fill a cup (that you don’t drink out of) with water and a teaspoon of cleanser (follow the directions of the cleanser). Place the brushes in the cup and swish around.
- Swish the brush in the palm of your hand under running water, until the water is clear coming from the brush.
- Pat the brush dry with a towel, then lay flat to air dry. Do not stand the brush with the brush up because you don’t want water to drain down into the brush handle. This will weaken the handle.
- Repeat this for all your brushes until you are done.
Personally, I like to use these Mary Kay Brushes.
Ebony Looney is the founder of Make Me Over Eb. For more fabulous insight, check out her site at www.makemeovereb.com.