05/03/2012 05:25 EDT | Updated 05/04/2012 12:34 EDT

Dirty Makeup Brushes: Why You Should Clean Up Your Makeup Essentials -- And How

The Kit

By Janine Falcon,

Do you know what could be growing on your makeup applicators and on the surface of your makeup too? Staphylococcus, streptococcus and e-coli -- eww. And if you aren't diligent about cleaning your brushes and regularly changing your powder puffs, you're creating a bacteria-fest freeway between your cosmetics and your face, which could lead to all kinds of horrors for your skin.

In this Global News report, Marianne Dimain talks to M.A.C Senior Artist Jane McKay, Consonant Body's Bill Baker, and me about the hazards of dirty brushes and makeup, and how to clean up your act.

Get a refresher on how to clean your makeup brushes thoroughly and how often. For more suggestions on must-have new beauty tools to help keep skin safe, pop over to this Fresh Faced story in The Kit's digital magazine.

Beauty So Clean Cosmetic sanitizer Mist and Wipes, at drugstores and; Sephora Hot Hues clutch and pencil sharpener at Sephora; benefit Gabbi Makeup Bag, via

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