by McKenzie Renae of McKenzieRenae.tumblr.com

Great skin starts with a fresh base. Many things can contribute to skin issues, like constantly touching your face, not washing your face at night, and even dirty makeup brushes.

Foundation and concealer brushes should be washed at least once a week to prevent buildup of product. Because these tools are used on your face regularly, the cleaner, the better. Brushes used on and around your eyes should be cleaned at least twice a month, and all other brushes should be cleaned once a month.

Most of us are guilty of not cleaning our makeup brushes often enough, but that comes to an end now. Here’s how it’s done — I’ll even bet you will see a difference in your skin and the way your makeup looks once it’s applied.

What You Need:
Water
Gentle soap or brush cleaner (I like Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo)
Your makeup brushes

How You Do It:
1. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water, cleaning one brush at a time.
2. Place a drop of cleanser into the palm of your hand, and gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm. (Try one part baby shampoo and four parts water.)
3. IMPORTANT: Keep the metal base of the brush head away from the soap and water. This can cause bristles to loosen and shed from the glue at the base.
4. Rinse the bristles, then squeeze out the extra moisture with a clean towel.
5. Always reshape your brushes so they dry in their original form. Tip: Hang the heads of the brush off the edge of a counter for maximum air-dry time, and to avoid any unnatural flat sides.

When to Get Rid of Your Brushes:
When the bristles start to fray, shed or lose their shape, it’s time to toss the brush. The right tools are just as important in getting the look you want as the actual makeup itself. They just won’t do the job if they are too pinched or squashed.

What are some of your favorite makeup brush sets?

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