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Grungy beauty may be back this fallbut that shouldn`t include your makeup brushes. If cleaned and stored properly, good brushes can last for years, but when the bristles start to fray or fall out, it`s time for a new set. To keep them looking pristine, Dubroff suggests wiping them on a dry paper towel or washcloth after every use, and giving them a thorough cleaning every two weeks with a gentle hair shampoo. The best way to store them is propped upright in a glass, where they can air out and won`t be squashed and deformed. Cheap makeup sponges should be replaced after two usesone side, then the other. (The exception: "high-quality ones that come with a cleanser, such as the Beauty Blender, which clean out well," Dubroff says.) Not only will old, porous sponges suck up too much makeup, but they are "little bacteria pits" if left sitting around, she explains.