We all know that we should clean our makeup brushes, but it somehow seems to be last on the list of priorities. Why is it so important that we clean our makeup brushes routinely? To start, the build up of makeup on your brushes can lead to hygiene issues, but also affect the quality of your makeup application.
Have you ever had a break out spell and you had no idea what was causing it? Well, part of the problem could have been the science experiment growing on your brushes. One of the major causes of acne or breakouts is excess bacteria on the skin. Your brushes can accumulate bacteria, dirt and dead skin cells that can cause a viral or bacterial infection.
Now you are fully aware of what a dirty makeup brush can do to your skin, but have you ever thought about how an unclean makeup brush will affect your makeup application? Not only can you introduce bacteria into your makeup products, but your makeup may not last as long as you would like or turn out to be a different color or texture due to product build up on the brush.
I am sure you are now motivated to go wash your brushes! How often should you wash them you ask… with a foundation or concealer brush, it is best to wash them weekly. Other brushes should be washed at least twice a month. Now onto how to wash those beautiful brushes of yours!
To keep it simple I love to use baby shampoo. Yep, that’s it! Good old baby shampoo. Begin by using a glass measuring cup or bowl and add enough lukewarm water to not quite cover the metal (feral) of the brush. Always keep the water level below the metal. Add a generous squirt of baby shampoo and place all of your brushes in the soapy water. You don’t want to let your brushes soak necessary, but this is a great starting point for before you begin to hand wash each brush. If you lightly use your brushes and you do not have much build up then swishing your brushes around in the water then rinsing will do the job. If your brushes are beyond that point and you see a lot of build then it is best to remove a single brush from the soapy solution, squirt baby shampoo in the palm of your hand and swish around to work out that product build up. Then rinse, squeeze out the excess water and lay flat on a towel to dry. That’s it! Once you create this habit then it will go by quickly. Here is to clean and clear skin!