How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes… And Why You Should!
They’re the absolute staple of our cosmetic bags so we’re looking at how to clean your make up brushes and why you should!
Every day, the majority of us use our array of makeup brushes to prime, paint and contour our faces to bring us one step closer to resembling our favourite celeb ( Jennifer Aniston, in my case). But if we ask ourselves when was the last time we washed our makeup brushes or beauty blenders, I’m guessing we would all be a bit scared of the answer…
Alongside our perfumes and mini hairbrush, we couldn’t leave the house without them! But what does not cleaning our brushes do to our skin and what problems can it cause?
How Often Should You Be Washing Your Makeup Brushes?
Considering the fact we use our make up brushes daily, it’s easy for residue and bacteria to build up quickly.
So to keep our secret weapons clean, there are different rules for different brushes.
Foundation And Concealer Brushes
Because we use the brushes on our face, we need to clean them once a week to rid them of excess oil and dirt which can cause breakouts or oily skin.
Brushes used on or around the eyes should be cleaned every two weeks. If your brushes are dirt, then it will be more difficult to apply make up.
The application will be spotty and blending will be a nightmare which we absolutely do not need.
Other brushes should be cleaned once a month. Cleaning your brushes more often can help to extend their life as the bristles will be well looked after.
How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes
All you really need to clean your brushes are water and a gentle soap or a brush cleaner. It’s as simple as that!
- Wet the brushes with lukewarm water.
- Squirt a drop of soap or brush cleanser into the palm of your hand.
- Massage the bristles of the brushes in circular motions on your palm.
- Rinse the bristles under lukewarm water.
- Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel and reshape the bristles into its usual state.
- Let the brush air dry with it hanging off the end of a table to allow it to return back to its usual shape.
How NOT To Clean Your Brushes
- Be sure not to leave your brushes drying on a towel as the bristles can become mildewed.
- Try and not let the base of the brush come into too much contact with the water as it can ruin the glue keeping the bristles in place. The water could loosen the glue, causing the bristles to fall out.
- Do not leave the brushes to dry vertically as the same problem can occur.
Which Soaps Or Cleansers Should I Use?
Baby shampoo is ideal as it designed to be gentle. It gets rid of oils and dirts without causing much damage to the brushes.
One of the best cleansers for brushes is actually washing up liquid. Made for breaking down grease and oil, it is ideal for ridding your brushes of dirt.
It also works for makeup sponges! Put them in a glass mixed with dish wash soap, and leave them for a few minutes.
Rinse them with warm water, dab dry and lastly put them in the microwave JUST FOR A FEW SECONDS. And it goes without saying, keep an eye on them!
What About Beauty Blenders?
You should not actually use beauty blenders for longer than four months! And just like makeup brushes, they should be washed at least once a week.
Using them often can cause them to be overrun with skin cells and bacteria so be sure to keep on top of a thorough cleaning schedule!
Regular makeup sponges, on the other hand, – the ones that come in bulk – are not designed to be reused. To keep your skin fresh and your makeup on point, ensure you are using new ones each time.
When Should You Throw A Make Up Brush Away?
When the bristles start to fall out it’s time to start shopping for a new makeup brush.
Bobbi Brown, professional makeup artist and CEO of Bobbi Brown cosmetics, says:
“I can’t emphasize enough that the right tools are as important in getting the look you want as the actual makeup itself. If your brushes become too pinched or squashed, then they simply will not be up to the job.”