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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes: A Step by Step Guide

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Half of getting what you want from your makeup boils down to how efficient your makeup tools are. We’re talking about your eyelash curlers, your sponges and of course, your makeup brushes. These tools are only as good as how diligent you are at taking care of them. “Clean makeup brushes are essential for a flawless makeup application and maintaining brush function,” says Kayla Casciano, makeup expert and education executive at Sigma Beauty. “Product buildup in your bristles causes makeup to apply unevenly and wastes product. Not to mention, not cleaning your makeup brushes regularly can cause mold and bacteria, which can aggravate blemishes and breakouts.”

Need advice on how to give your makeup brushes some TLC? We asked Kayla for some tips.

How often should we clean our brushes? 

Kayla: Ideally, everyone should wash their brushes once a week if you use them regularly. Of course, very few people actually do it that often. That’s why Sigma Beauty invented the Sigma Spa® brush care line, the Sigma Dry’n Shape® tools and most recently, our SigMagic™ Brushampoo™, which the beauty world went nuts over! Every one of these helps cut down the time and effort that goes into brush washing so the chore isn’t so daunting.

How should we store our makeup brushes to make sure they last longer?

Kayla: It depends on the size of your collection, but overall you don’t want to smash the bristles, which can change the shape and function of the brush. For smaller collections, we recommend storing them in a cup, bristles up, where they won’t get dusty. The bestselling Brush Cup Holder is the perfect solution, it can be two cups or snapped together around your brushes creating a case. For larger collections, a Brush Case is best. They hold each brush in place without damaging the bristles and are easy to flip through when you need that one crucial tool.

How should we clean our makeup brushes?

Kayla: With proper care, Sigma brushes will last well beyond their two-year warranty and every beauty enthusiast can build their collection as skills and trends develop. Just remember, keeping them clean is important in protecting all the money you spend on makeup brushes.

Here’s how to clean your makeup brushes the right way:

  1. STEP 1: Wet Just the Bristles

  2. STEP 2: Wash With a Gentle Brush Cleanser
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    STEP 2: Wash With a Gentle Brush Cleanser

    Protect your makeup tools and your skin with Sigma Beauty's SigMagic Brushampoo. Formulated with 100% natural ingredients like virgin coconut and palm oil, this product effectively cleans brushes without damaging bristles. This gentle formula helps to fight bacteria and product build-up so that you can flaunt a flawless complexion and makeup all year round.Key Benefits: * Made with virgin coconut oil * Made with certified, sustainable palm oil * No additives or preservatives * Anti-microbial * Breaks down product build-up * Fragrance, paraben and sulfate freeLearn more on the blog: How to
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  3. STEP 3: Rinse Thoroughly
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    STEP 3: Rinse Thoroughly

    As the saying goes, "a clean brush is a happy brush"...or something along those lines. However, it's an unwavering truth that brushes need just as much tender loving care as the rest of your curated collection of cosmetics. Sigma Beauty Sigma Spa® Brush Cleaning Mat ensures that each bristle and head receive the thorough and gentle cleanse they need and deserve. Coined for being the premier brand in makeup brushes, this mat is thoughtfully designed to ensure the longevity of your tools. Featuring a bendable silicone design to securely suction and fit in your sink, its 7 patented textures
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  4. STEP 4: Squeeze and Dry

    READERS—Got any brush-cleaning hacks you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them! Tell us in the comment section below!

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