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How to clean your makeup brushes -- naturally!

Washing your makeup brushes should be a regular part of your beauty routine. You need to clean your makeup brushes in order to get rid of ALL of the bits of makeup, oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria that accumulate on them after regular use. So while it might seem basic, skipping this step can lead to clogged pores and pesky breakouts, especially or those of you who have oily skin or acne. When you are cleaning your makeup brushes, two things need to be accomplished; the brushes must get clean and all of that icky bacteria that has accumulated from many applications to your face needs to be eliminated. Think of it as basic hygiene. For brushes that you use daily (and don’t share), I would aim for at least once a week (every Sunday perhaps?) or twice a week if you really love makeup and apply it often. What you'll need: You probably already have everything on hand to clean your brushes. Skip the expensive brush cleaner that is probably filled with chemical ingredients. The  face is such a delicate area of the body and our skin is porous and absorbent like a sponge and anything that you are washing your brushes with contacts your face directly and goes into your body! We already receive enough chemicals from other products on a daily basis. Choose something that will benefit the skin not harm it. We like to use our Lemon and Rosehip shampoo-- free of dangerous chemicals and smells delicious! You will also need a shallow bowl, a lint free cloth and your sink! Simple enough? Directions:
  • Pour a tablespoon of natural shampoo into a small bowl then add warm water from your faucet so it gets nice and bubbly. One at a time, dip your used brushes into the solution, gently swirling them across the bottom of the bowl to release the product. Keep the brushes in the water as you add each new one.
  • After washing, let the brushes have a quick soak for 5-10 seconds, no more and no less.
  • One by one, hold each brush under cold water to rinse any remaining product and seal the hairs.
  • Use a cloth to wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go.
  • Lay your brushes to dry.
Tip: You don’t want to dry your brushes in an upright position because the water settles into the glue that’s holding the bristles together at the base of each brush head and starts breaking down the glue over time, causing the hairs to come off when you swipe the brush against your face (so annoying). So you can either lay your brushes flat or even better, balance brushes with heads facing downwards. And there you have it! XO Kimberley We'd love to know: How often do you clean your brushes? Are your brushes in need of a cleaning?

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