Question: I'm always told that makeup brushes need to be cleaned regularly. What is the best way to clean my brushes? And how often should I do it? - Anna, San Francisco.
Answer: It is best to clean makeup brushes once a month, as dirty brushes can lead to breakouts, brush damage and - worst of all - shit makeup application. When it comes to cleaning brushes, simply wash each one individually in a bowl of warm water (or under a running tap) using either a gentle shampoo or brush cleaning solution. One of the best brush cleaning solutions is the MAC Brush Cleanser 233ml (£12.00 maccosmetics.co.uk / $15.00 maccosmetics.com). After all of the oil and dirt has been removed from your brush, give it a final rinse and then squeeze out all of the excess water. It is best to clean makeup brushes in the evening so they can dry naturally overnight.
To really give your brushes a thorough clean, you could invest in a brush cleaning mat or glove.
The Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette (£12.99 Superdrug / $15.00 realtechniques.com) is perfect as its surface features a variety of different textures that help to wash, rinse and refine your brushes. This handheld cleansing palette is absolutely amazing and I recommend it to any avid brush collector. It cleans makeup brushes incredibly quickly and effectively and, importantly, keeps their shape intact.