You’re Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes Enough

Let’s just admit it, cleaning our makeup brushes isn’t fun. It’s a chore. Not only that, we need them every day. Taking the time to clean them all properly is time consuming and we’ll just end up dirtying them the next day. This is all true, but the oil, debris and dirt those brushes collect isn’t just exposing our skin to breakouts and potential outbreaks of dermatitis. It’s making our products go bad more quickly as well because we’re reintroducing those oils and dirt back into our products each time we dip into them.


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Yuck, is right. So, what’s the answer? My answer is a paper towel and a brush cleansing spray. A spray like Beauty Blender Instaclean or Parian Spirit is a quick and easy way to keep those brushes fairly clean in between washes. Simply spray the paper towel and drag your brushes back and forth over the cleanser dampened towel. You can do this every day, easily. It will not only keep your face free of excess oil and dirt, it will prolong the life of your products.



Once a week, you should thoroughly wash your brushes. Squeeze out all the excess water. Reshape your brush by hand and lay flat to dry. A lot of people make the mistake of laying them on a towel to dry. This can cause mildew buildup. Make sure the bristles are hanging over the edge of the sink or counter to allow airflow to circulate through the bristles.

Keep in mind that not all brushes are created equal when it comes to washing. If you have natural hair bristles you want to use a brush cleanser like Beauty Blender Cleanser or a gentle all-natural shampoo. Synthetic brushes can be cleaned with dishwashing detergent or a soap like Dove.

The better you care for your brushes, the longer they will last.


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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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