Do you clean your makeup brushes enough?

26 Mar

Chances are you are NOT cleaning your makeup brushes enough. Brushes should be thoroughly cleaned once a week (or more if you have acne prone skin). YES at least once a week!!!!! Make it a priority ,make it part of your routine, just make it happen. The average brush holds onto Dirt, Oil, Dead skin cells, Bacteria and old makeup. Eeeeeeeeeew!!!  This can be a perfect breeding ground for a whole lotta NASTY! Besides that, dirty brushes can start to smell, sometimes like “wet rag” or mildew and the smell can get rubbed right back onto your skin with each application.  I have had a Makeup artist work on me with smelly brushes and I’ve hugged people and smelled it on their face, NOT FUN!  Make a commitment to clean your brushes today and your complexion will thank you:)

What to use:  There are tons of brush cleaners out there and that’s great for makeup artists because they can clean brushes fast and effectively between clients, but for the average person I suggest using warm water and baby shampoo.  Baby shampoo is strong enough to kill bacteria yet mild enough not to dry out the bristles.

How to clean:

  • Hold brush under running warm water with the bristles FACING DOWN, preventing water from getting into the ferrule (metal part) or into the wood and eventually rotting it and/or loosening the glue that holds the bristles in place.
  • Lather them up!
  • Rinse thoroughly. when you think they’re clean and the water run’s clear, Rinse again just to be sure! Leftover soap left on brushes can be just as damaging to your skin as a dirty brush.
  • Squeeze the excess water out with a cloth towel or paper towel, reshape you brush at this time if needed.
  • Lay brushes on the side to dry, NEVER dry with bristles facing up-even if you normally store your brushes this way- because water will settle into the ferrule. You can also hang brushes off the edge of a counter to cut the dry time. Most eyeshadow brushes dry in 3-4 hours but some foundation and kabukis can take up to 24 hours depending on the density of the bristles, so plan accordingly. Make sure brushes are completely dry before using.
  • Store brushes in their own home, not floating around the bottom of your makeup bag.
    Cheers to clean brushes and clean healthy skin!

6 Responses to “Do you clean your makeup brushes enough?”

  1. Sky March 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    eeeeeeeeeww, this is true! I have a friend who’s skin smells like mildew and I try to hint to her to clean her brushes. She told me I was silly to clean mine so often. I knew I was right! I used to use brush cleaner and it made my bristles hard and dry, I use baby shampoo and so far so good. Love this blog BTW

  2. WithLoveShmon March 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    I wanna go home and clean my brushes again!

  3. fedthemodels March 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    The worse things out there are the things you can’t see. I recently bought my cousin the brush guard cleansing kit, which works pretty well. Cleans all that…gunk?

  4. Literary Tiger March 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    What a coincidence. I just cleaned my brushes this weekend. 🙂

  5. Jerry March 28, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    I have smelled it too on girls WTF??!!!!! I think it’s the ones who use wet foundation and it gets mildewy. gross!

  6. mammarob March 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    oh man, after reading this I got to washing! I NEVER knew you were supposed to wash them so often! Thanks for this! 😀

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