Most of us know by now how important makeup brushes are to achieve flawless, perfect makeup. A good ‘ol trusty brush can turn you from an amateur I-Don’t-Know-How-to-Blend-My-Concealer newbie into a YouTube makeup guru. Quality brushes don’t come cheap though! Some high-end brands will cost you your left arm…
Suffice it so say, professional brushes are an investment, and just like with any other investment, you should make the most out of it. To ensure that your brushes can keep up with your beauty needs, you have to take care of them as much as you take care of your other cosmetic tools.
I’ll admit cleaning makeup brushes is not the most exciting of tasks, but it should nevertheless be part of your regular beauty routine. Neglecting to clean those bristles can cause a string of skin problems and can ultimately ruin a good makeup brush. Aside from the fact that dirty makeup brushes are utterly disgusting, here are 4 reasons why you should give those babies some love… and a whole lot of cleaning:
Cleaning Makeup Brushes 101
Brushes Are Riddled with Acne-Causing Bacteria.
Makeup brushes come in contact with your skin, your facial oils, your vanity kit, and your make-up. These surfaces are crawling with bacteria waiting for a brush to be a breeding ground for more of their kind. Over time, your makeup brushes could accumulate nasty acne-causing bacteria that you would not want anywhere near your precious face! Why start your makeup routine with a clean face only to smush around 2 month old oily foundation remnants?
You Can Get A Staph Infection.
What the hell is that and how do I not get whatever that is?
Staph is a kind of bacterial, fungal, or viral infection that can cause a myriad of diseases that range from boils to toxic shock syndrome. Sounds too far-fetched to stem from a seemingly innocent make-up brush? Nope. An Australian woman actually ended up paralyzed after using contaminated make-up brushes…
Your Look Won’t Be On Fleek.
Past pigments cling to brush bristles. If you don’t clean your brushes very often, old pigment can ruin your desired look. The unwanted product can mix in with the new application and spoil the outcome you’re trying to achieve. Keeping your brushes clean will also keep them light and fluffy and make them more “blending efficient”. Plus, who doesn’t love that feeling of a clean silky brush against your skin?
Letting Brushes Rot Is a Waste of Your Money.
Can you imagine splurging on a dry-clean only top then throwing it in the washing machine a week later? Whether you spent $20 or $2000 on your brush collection, you can stretch your dollar further by ensuring your brushes last as long as possible. Wash your makeup brushes regularly and they’ll be good as new!
Sure, cleaning makeup brushes can be a hassle, especially when you’d rather do anything but spend a half hour scrubbing away. But it’s so worth it! Your skin will thank you. And it’s fairly easy to clean your brushes actually. You only need some staples from your pantry. These steps are so easy and hassle-free you might even look forward to your next brush cleaning schedule!
- Pour a small amount of water and your preferred fragrance-free detergent in a shallow glass. You can even add a few drops of essential oil, like tea tree oil which is prized for its antibacterial properties, or lavender for it’s calming effect.
- Let the brushes soak for 15 minutes.
- Next, swirl them one by one around the palm of your hands for a few turns until they become a little lathery.
- Rinse well under running water to remove oil, soap and residue. *Note: Make sure that the brush is pointing bristles-down. Otherwise, water might get into the glue that’s holding the bristles together.
- Lay them flat on a towel to dry overnight.
Easy peasy, right? Cleaning makeup brushes at least once every two weeks will have your skin—and your wallet—thanking you!