In my last post I mentioned that cleansing one's make-up brushes at least twice a month will help to prevent the spread of bacteria, thus limiting breakouts. The best product to use when cleansing brushes with synthetic hair is a gentle shampoo. (Like Johnson's & Johnson's baby shampoo.) If your make-up brushes are made with natural animal hair use a shampoo followed by a conditioner. Conditioning the hair after cleansing softens and protects the hair so the brushes will last longer.
When cleansing/conditioning your brushes massage the product into the hair, don't smash the brush into your palm (or any other flat surface for that matter). Rinse brushes with cool water; hot water will ruin synthetic hair and dry out natural hair.
Lay freshly cleansed brushes out on a flat area to dry. Brushes should not sit upright (like in a cup or any cylindrical container) to dry because water will seep in between the metal and wood/plastic that holds the brush together and basically cause it to fall apart.
I admit, I tend to be pretty violent with my make-up applications, so this next tip is for all of us aggressively tamping our make-up products: there's really no need to grind your brushes into any make-up product. Brushes are designed to pick up product, so a gentle whisk or two in your powders will suffice. The same goes will depositing make-up onto the skin. Use nice touches when you put on make-up. Keep your wrists loose, and apply make-up like your skin is a collection of delicate, paper-thin cells just trying to survive the day.
Next time I'm going to discuss the different types of exfoliants and which one is best for you! :)