Often overlooked in a makeup lover’s routine is cleaning the brushes used to apply the makeup. Regular cleaning ensures that your makeup looks great every time you put it on, and it also prevents bacteria from building up which can cause breakouts. Brushes used for powders should ideally be cleaned at least once a week. The brushes used for creams, concealers and liquid foundations should be cleaned after each use. One important thing to remember about washing makeup brushes is to never let them dry with the bristles pointing up. Letting your brushes dry like this will allow water to seep down into the glue that holds the bristles together and eventually even the best-made brush will begin to fall apart. Once you get into the habit of cleaning your makeup brushes regularly you’ll be amazed at the difference you’ll see in the quality of your brushes and the overall health of your skin.