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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes/Sponge

Are you guilty of not cleaning your makeup brushes and sponges regularly? It can be a daunting task for some however very important. Cleaning your makeup brushes and sponges is pretty much part of your skincare routine. If you use your makeup tools everyday, overtime, bacteria will accumulate which can cause acne or clog your pores. Not only does it improve your skin, it can also allow you to apply your makeup more flawlessly. Not sure if you’re cleaning your brushes correctly or enough? Here are some tips for you to get yourself ready to clean!

Frequency of Brush Cleansingbrush clean

Ideally, you would want to clean your brushes at least once a week. As an absolute bare minimum, you should wash them once a month. Obviously, the more you clean them the better however, there is such thing as cleaning too often. Everyday can definitely loosen the glue in your brushes and can affect the bristles ability to hold together.

Deep Cleansing

Give your brushes some love by doing a deep cleanse once a month. Simply mix the SNAP All Purpose Natural Concentrate with some water as directed. Gently swirl each brush on the palm of your hand until the water runs clear. Once clear, you can then wash it again to get rid of any soapy residue and lie flat on a towel to dry. Ensure you don’t dry the brush standing up (bristle facing the roof) as the water running into the base can loosen the glue. Let the brushes air dry in the sun for the day till completely dry.

Sponge Cleaning

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Sponges can be cleansed everyday as a lot of people tend to dampen their sponges before applying foundation. After you use your sponge, you can go and give it a wash so it’s ready for the next use. All you need to do is apply a little soap and water and massage it into the sponge. Do this repetitively till the water runs clear – if you’re doing this frequently, it should only take a couple of times.

If you wanted to deep cleanse your sponge, you can pop it into a glass, water and a little SNAP Dishwashing Liquid. Put it in the microwave for 30 seconds – 1 minute. It’s a good idea to use gloves as when you take the sponge out, the water absorbed into it will be very hot. Squeeze the water out and wash it again with normal cool water till it runs clear.

Note that makeup sponges should be replaced after about 3-4 months.

When to throw away brushes

There comes a time where you need to part ways with your beautiful makeup brushes. We know it can be difficult as you’ve probably paid a lot of money for them, however, there are signs you cannot ignore when it comes to the end of a makeup brushes’ life. When the bristles on your brushes start to bristle, fray, fall out, or lose their shape, it’s probably time to say goodbye. When your brushes aren’t in good condition, it can really affect the quality of your makeup application!

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