How to Clean your Makeup Brushes (and why it is important)
Everyone has bad habits, for some it is not flossing or snacking just before bed. But one that people seldom think of is neglecting their makeup brushes.
I am SUPER guilty of this. I used to clean my brushes once every couple of months, but I’m trying to turn over a new leaf and do my skin a favour by increasing that to once every two-three weeks.
Why do you need to clean your makeup brushes?
BACTERIA BACTERIA BACTERIA!
You constantly transfer bacteria, dead skin cells and oils from your skin to your brushes and then into your makeup product. You might go wash your face, but the next time you use that same dirty brush, you are transferring more bacteria to your face. The cleaner your brushes are, the better for your skin. You will experience less clogged pores, fewer acne breakouts and it will help stop the spread of harmful bacteria.
How do you clean your makeup brushes?
- Gather all of your brushes that you don’t plan on using right away. (They will all be wet, so I actually like to do it before bed, so they have a chance to dry)
- Go one at a time and run them under warm water, angling the brushes down so you don’t get unwanted water in the ferrule.
- For cleaner, you can purchase an actual makeup brush cleaner (from a place like Wal-Mart or Shoppers Drug Mart for about $5) or you can use some mild shampoo if you’d rather. I am currently using Quo Brush Cleaner that I purchased at Shopper’s Drug Mart.
- Hold the wet bristles of the brush against the palm of your hand and apply your cleaner. I use 2-3 sprays of this cleaner depending on the size of the brush I am using.
- Work it into a lather against your palm working the cleaner thoroughly between the fibers of your brush. You will see the suds turn dark and the majority of the pigment will come out right there against your skin.
- Run under warm water until the stream runs clear. (Do not use hot water! The bristles of your brushes might be held in with glue and you don’t want the water to be too hot that it starts to challenge the integrity of the adhesive)
- Squeeze the excess water out, gently in a towel.
- Lay flat to dry over the edge of the sink so that the air can reach the brush from all sides helping it dry faster. You can also lay them flat on a paper towel if you’d rather not leave them in the bathroom. Just don’t put them in a glass or vase to dry upright. The water will run down inside the ferrule and compromise the lifetime of your brushes.
Your brushes will retake their original shape, be softer and a much better friend to your skin. So get busy – your skin will thank you!