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Brush off those blemishes

If you want a clean and clear complexion, only make-up is not enough. The applicators, which are used every time you put on make-up, could be the breeding ground for bacteria. Read on for more.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 01, 2011 00:38 IST
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If you want a clean and clear complexion, only make-up is not enough. The applicators, which are used every time you put on make-up, could be the breeding ground for bacteria. The germs can lead to acne, clogged pores and blemishes on your skin.



Recently, health and beauty blog Blisstree offered a few tips on keeping your make-up brushes clean. First, make sure your make-up hasn’t expired. Mascara, because of its proximity to the eyes, should be replaced every three months, states Blisstree. “Most other make-up should be discarded after one year,” said Dr Carol L Clinton, of skincare company Timeless Skin Solutions, in the article.



Makeup

Indian make-up expert Cory Walia says, “Cleaning of your make-up brushes weekly is a must. However, if you use a brush daily to apply liquid make-up, you’ll need to clean it daily.”



Here are few tips for cleaning your applicators:
1. Shampoo or facial cleaner:

Most make-up brushes are made of real hair. Dabbing some shampoo into the palm of your hand and swirling the brush around it and then rinsing off it warm water should do the trick. Facial cleaners work well too.



2. Vinegar and water:

To kill bacteria on your brushes, make a solution of one part vinegar and two parts of water. Dip the brush into the solution and rinse in clean warm water.



3. Make-up brush cleaners:

You can opt to purchase a specialised make-up brush cleaner, with some options to spray on and wipe off. Clinique, MAC and Estee Lauder brands have a whole range of such products.