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How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

A great set of make-up brushes is essential if you want to create a flawless complexion and head-turning beauty look – you can discover our favourite must-have make-up brushes right here. Because you’re most likely using them on a day-to-day basis, knowing how to clean your make-up brushes is not only essential if you want them to last the distance, but is crucial if you want your complexion to be healthy and luminous.

Make-up brushes are notorious for harbouring bacteria. And if you forget to clean your brushes regularly you could end up subjecting your skin to unwanted breakouts, congested pores, and irritation and inflammation. 

To help keep your skin glowing and healthy and to keep your brushes in tip-top condition, here are our top tips for how to clean your make-up brushes.

How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

Bobbi Brown Conditioning Brush Cleanser ($40); Sephora Collection Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner ($14); MAC Brush Cleanser ($28); MECCA MAX Sponge & Brush Shampoo ($20); Clinique Makeup Brush Cleanser ($37)

How often should you clean your make-up brushes?

Unless you’re a make-up artist, you don’t need to clean your make-up brushes each time you use them. Instead, you should aim to give your brushes a quick clean each week and a thorough wash once a month. 

If you’re borrowing someone else’s make-up brushes or lending your brushes to a friend, the make-up artist rule does apply: ensure that make-up brushes are cleaned before they are used on someone else.

How should I clean my make-up brushes?

A great spray-on make-up brush cleanser should do the trick for your once-a-week clean, provided you’re the only one using them. Look for an antibacterial spray, such as MECCA MAX Brush Refresh Mist that has been designed to get the job done quickly. Simply spritz onto your brushes and then used a tissue or cloth to remove make-up.

When it comes to your monthly clean it pays to invest in a make-up brush shampoo. Avoid using household detergents as they can destroy the bristles. Gently work your chosen cleanser through the bristles before running through warm water to rinse thoroughly.

Although it can be tempting to speed up the drying process with the likes of a hairdryer, applying heat to your brushes can damage the brushes and change the shape of brushes. Instead, find a flat surface, such as a table, and lie them flat with the bristles overhanging the edge of the surface so brushes maintain their shape as they dry.

How to Know When to Throw Out Beauty Product

Using expired make-up comes with a whole host of problems – which you can read about right here. That’s why spring cleaning your make-up bag and your skincare supply is essential if you want healthy, luminous skin. Not sure when to throw out beauty product or how long can safely keep using your favourite red lippy for? Follow our simple guide below to know when to throw out beauty product and keep your beauty supplies safe and effective.

EYE SPY

As cosmetics that are applied to the eye area are exposed to bacteria repeatedly, they tend to have a shorter lifespan. Experts recommend replacing mascara three to six months after purchasing. Sharpening eye pencils can help minimise bacteria build up and should be replaced every year or two; liquid eyeliners, on the other hand, collect bacteria quicker and should be replaced every six to 12 months. Eye creams have a shelf life of around six months. Never use saliva to dilute products that have dried up and always stop using eye products if you have an eye infection.

NATURAL BEAUTY

Preservatives are added to traditional beauty products to eliminate bacteria. Cosmetics and skincare that are plant-based, preservative-free or contain natural-based preservatives have a shorter shelf life, which is usually around six months.

FACE MASKS

Face masks usually expire quicker than other skincare products due to high levels of active ingredients that become unstable when exposed to air and light. To avoid skin irritation, replace every two to three months.

LONG-LIFE BEAUTY

Perfume, nail polish, shampoo and body washes are more likely to stand the test of time often lasting up to three years without going off or posing any significant risk to your health.

MAKE-UP MUST KNOWS

Liquid formulations including foundations, concealers, eyeshadows are generally safe to use for six to 12 months but if consistency or colour changes before this period is up, bin them.

When stored correctly, high-quality make-up brushes will last for several years: store brushes in a brush roll or upright in a pencil cup.

SKINCARE SAFETY

The shelf life of skincare varies depending on active ingredients. Always check serums, moisturises and night creams for expiry dates and the Period-After Opening symbol – the small open-jar symbol that some cosmetics and skincare bear. If in doubt, replace anything that’s older that one year.

A sunscreen that’s passed it’s expiry date won’t only irritate your skin, it won’t provide protection from harmful rays. Sunscreen is required to have an expiry date on it by law in Australia/New Zealand which is generally two to three years. Never use sunscreen that has stored in direct du