Brushes | Makeup Brush Cleaner

Most dermatologists will tell you to soak your tools, especially foundation and concealer brushes, once a week to prevent product buildup. Because these brushes are used on your face, the cleaner they are the better, says legendary makeup artist Bobbi Brown. She's a little more lenient with eye shadow and liner brushes, however. "Brushes that are used around the eyes should be cleaned at least twice a month," she says.

Frequent cleansings don't just help keep your skin cleaner. Soaping up your makeup brushes regularly can extend the life of the bristles and make for better product application. Brush hairs and sponges are porous, so they hold onto oils, debris, and bacteria. If your brushes are dirty, your application will be spotty and blending will be difficult.

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