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How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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We paint, contour, and flush our faces with makeup brushes every day, but how often are those brushes being cleaned after the fact? Turns out, not enough. (Shocker.) According to dermatologists and makeup artists, we should be sudsing up our tools on a weekly basis — at least — in order to prevent bacteria buildup, which can ultimately led to unwanted breakouts. We here at Neonfix have to clean our brushes after EVERY client. We are a bit OCD. Read on to find out how to clean up your makeup brushes the right way.

First of all, how often should you clean your makeup brushes?

Most dermatologists will tell you to soak your tools, especially foundation and concealer brushes, once a week — at minimum — to prevent product buildup. Because these brushes are used on your face, the cleaner, the better, says Bobbi Brown. "Brushes that are used around the eyes should be cleaned at least twice a month," she says. "All others can be washed once a month." We definitely think you should wash weekly if not daily.

According to makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci, soaping up your makeup brushes regularly can extend the life of the bristles and make for a better makeup application. "Brush hairs and sponges are porous, so they hold onto oils, debris, and bacteria," she says. "If your brushes are dirty, your application will be spotty and blending will be difficult."

What should you use to clean your makeup brushes?

The best (and most thorough) method for cleaning your tools requires only water and either a basic shampoo (nothing with too much protein /keratin which can stick to brush hairs and make it difficult to apply product.), gentle soap (regular soap formulas can dry out the brush's bristles, especially if they are made of natural hair) or brush cleanser. (Easy, peasy.)

How do you actually clean the brushes?

Follow these seven steps for cleaner, good-as-new brushes and blenders.

  1. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water.

  2. Place a drop of makeup brush cleanser, shampoo or soap into the palm of your hand.

  3. Gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm.

  4. Rinse the bristles.

  5. Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.

  6. Reshape the brush head.

  7. Let the brush dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter, thereby allowing it to dry in the correct shape. Never let your brushes dry on a towel — the bristles can become mildewed.

Mid-wash, keep the base of the brush head away from soap and water. The bristles are glued to the base, and water and detergent can cause the glue to disintegrate and the bristles to come loose and shed. Do not dry vertically — this will cause water to leak into the ferrule [the piece that joins the bristles to the wand], which will also loosen the glue and lead to bristle loss.

Do you recommend any makeup brush cleaning products?

Three products stand out: My personal favorite is the Mac Cosmetics Brush Cleanser, the 2X Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove and Vera Mona Color Switch.

-Jhenelle Hill

Rihanna's New Fenty Galaxy Collection!

Neon Fix

The new Fenty Beauty by Rihanna holiday collection is officially available at Sephora, guys, and if you thought it was gonna be some cheesy-ass red and green bullshit, you thought WRONG!

Seriously, how many times does she have to tell y'all she's a savage?!

The latest release is called the Galaxy Collection and it includes the Galaxy Eyeshadow PaletteStarlit Hyper-Glitz LipstickCosmic Gloss Lip GlitterEclipse 2-In-1 Glitter Release Eyeliner, and the special 2-Way Eyeshadow Brush

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The packaging is also AMAZING!!! Like, we kinda just wanna keep it on our vanity for decoration!

The Galaxy palette is a major standout with "14 celestial-inspired colors that range from sheer, glittering topcoats to smoky, shimmer-drenched hues."

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Price: $59

Here are all the swatches on @lucinda212 so you can ~really~ see the pigment!!!

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And since the first collection didn't have lipstick, we are SUPER hype that this one has four! The Starlit Hyper-Glitz shades have a shimmering chrome finish, but the formula is super creamy so you get sparkle without drying grit.

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Price: $19 each.

If you're more of a gloss person, the Cosmic Gloss Lip Glitter also comes in four shades. Each color is "packed with iridescent glitter and drenched in mirror-like shine."

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Price: $19 each.

And then there's this super cool Eclipse 2-In-1 Glitter Release Eyeliner that gets more intense as you blend it. For a more subtle metallic finish, apply and leave as is. But for a high-impact sparkle, blend it with the Galaxy 2-Way shadow brush! It's available in three shades.

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Price (liner): $20 each.

Price (brush): $24

XOXO Neon