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This is a public service announcement: PLEASE wash your makeup brushes!

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When you use your brushes, bits of makeup, oil, dirt and bacteria can live inside your bristles! So, while it might seem like basic knowledge, clean things that touch your face, skipping this step can cause breakouts and your brushes to deteriorate. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to replace my brushes all the time, so I want to take care of them! Luckily for us, cleaning your makeup brushes couldn’t be easier.  But please for the love of pete do NOT listen to Snooki…

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Submerging your whole brush in water can damage it. The bristles are held in the feral of the brush with a glue that can easily be loosened with water, and your brush hairs will begin to fall out.

The best soap for brush cleaning is castile soap because it’s safe yet very strong, you get a lot for your money, and it has many other uses . It will clean all the oils and makeup residue left behind on your brushes.

Here are some that I like to use:

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Ology Pue Castile Soap, $25.05

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Castile Soap, $16.97

Find your dirtiest brushes and try this technique to get them squeaky clean and help them last longer.

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Photo courtesy of A Slice of Style

  • Fill your sink with warm water.
  • Drop about 5-10 drops of soap depending on how much water you add.
  • Use the side of the sink or the palm of your hand to get the makeup out.
  • Rinse the brush with clean water. Then gently wring out as much water as you. Reform brush and lay flat to dry.
  • Voila, a clean brush!

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Photo courtesy of A Slice of Style