Are you noticing any acne breakouts on your skin and are not sure of the cause? This may certainly 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. 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 should you wash them.
How Often Should You Wash Your Makeup Brushes?
The answer to this is totally subjective. People who use makeup everyday should wash their brushes often compared to those who seldom use their makeup brushes. It is a general recommendation that you should wash your makeup brushes every two weeks. Makeup artist, Bobbi Brown, says that she recommends cleaning the makeup brushes every week.
However, the eye makeup and liner brushes do not require very regular cleaning and cleaning sessions only twice a month are enough. Dirty brushes can hinder your makeup skills making blending difficult and causing product build-up. This is because brushes and blenders are porous and they stick up oils, bacteria and debris to their surface.
What Cleaner Should You Use?
You can use a 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. You may even use a dish washing liquid to clean your makeup brushes because these liquids have also been formulated to remove grease and dirt.
How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes Correctly?
The simple steps to clean your makeup brushes are:
- 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 build-up.
- 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 certain cleaning tools such as the stipple sponge. 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 that makes the cleaning process more effective and deep. If you wish to deeply clean your makeup brushes in less time, you can go for these additional cleaning tools too.
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Sara is a pro-makeup artist who's been working with some of the biggest cosmetic brands. While makeup is Sara's passion, she also enjoys travelling the world to enrich her beauty career.