Hollywood Makeup Tips: The Best Way to Keep Your Brushes Clean


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You may not think this is an important step in your beauty routine – But if you don’t do it, you are doing damage to your skin AND your makeup!   Ever have a breakout after you apply your makeup?  Or how about that hard shiny surface that forms on your powder…  How did that get there?  The painful truth is that your brushes carry oils and bacteria that NEED to be washed off.


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Baby Shampoo –  Squirt a small amount of shampoo onto the palm of your hand. mix it with water until it becomes frothy.  swirl the brush into the palm of your hand, rinse, and lay flat to dry.

Intensive Deep Cleaning – Use a combination of mild dishwashing soap and extra virgin olive oil using the method above.  The benefit?  The olive oil conditions the bristles leaving them super soft.

Professional Brush Cleansers – The most costly of the three, but made to do the job.  Instead of purchasing name brands line MAC, use one sold at beauty supply stores…  My fave is the Parian Spirit Professional Brush Cleaner.

Makeup Wipes – Use a makeup wipe for the quick fix.  You will still need to use one of the other methods eventually, but this works for “on the spot” cleaning.  Swirl the brush gently over the wipe until the residue no longer appears.

Do this and your makeup will blend easier, your brushes will last longer, and you won’t get any transfer oils!

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Melissa McNamara
Melissa’s passion for makeup artistry began over 25 years ago when she discovered the art of making women look and feel beautiful. That experience has shaped a long career working behind the scene at magazine shoots, at fashion week and leading seminars teaching artistry techniques. Her 10 years as an artistry educator delivers real-life experience and hands-on expertise. Melissa has her own makeup artistry school and teaches women one-on-one, and group workshops how to discover their beauty from the inside out. Melissa is the co-creator of The Hollywood Beauty Detective’s 10 Legendary Looks, and designed the makeup for each look.
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