Are you noticing any skin acne breakouts and are unsure of the cause? This may undoubtedly be due to unclean makeup brushes.
Makeup brushes that have not been cleaned for months tend to build up bacteria and even fungus on their surface. As a result, they can contribute to skin infections and acne breakouts. So it is essential to clean makeup brushes to save your skin from infections and skin problems.
This article discusses the tips and tricks to clean your makeup brushes and how often you should wash them.
How Often Should You Wash Your Makeup Brushes?
The answer to this is totally subjective. People who use makeup every day should wash their brushes often compared to those who seldom use their makeup brushes. It is a general recommendation to wash your makeup brushes every two weeks. However, some makeup artists recommend cleaning the makeup brushes weekly.
However, the eye makeup and liner brushes only require a few regular cleaning, and cleaning sessions twice a month are enough. Dirty brushes can hinder your makeup skills, making blending difficult and causing product buildup. This is because brushes and blenders are porous and stick up oils, bacteria, and debris to their surface.
What Cleaner Should You Use?
You can use gentle soap or a brush cleaner to wash makeup brushes. Regular soaps are harsh and can harden the bristles. Brush cleaners that contain food-grade solvents are the best pick because they wash away liquid, powder, and even wax-based makeup products.
How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes?
The simple steps to clean your makeup brushes are as follows:
- Rinse your makeup brushes with lukewarm water.
- Place a drop or two of your cleaner of choice on your palm.
- Gentle rub your palm on the bristles to remove the dirt and product buildup.
- Place the makeup brushes under a running tap to wash away the detergent.
- Squeeze the excess water from the bristles.
- Reform the brush to its original shape.
- Let them dry in a way that the bristles hang out of a counter so that their shape is not distorted.
Should You Use Other Brush-Cleaning Tools?
There are specific cleaning tools, such as the stipple sponge from drug stores. This tool cleans makeup brushes without soap or water. The mechanism behind it is that the friction produced by rubbing your makeup brushes on the stipple sponge helps remove the product buildup and dirt from the makeup brushes. No chemical is required in this cleaning process.
Another tool is the cleaning glove, which contains little rubbery bristles on its surface, making the cleaning process more effective and deep. If you wish to clean your makeup brushes in less time, you can also use these additional cleaning tools.
Makeup brushes that have not been cleaned for months tend to build up bacteria and even fungus on their surface. As a result, they can contribute to skin infections and acne breakouts. It is a general recommendation to wash your makeup brushes every two weeks. Some makeup artists recommend cleaning the makeup brushes weekly.
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