Your makeup brushes are the backbone of your beauty kit, but how often are you actually washing them? Probably not enough. We know it’s a hassle and another chore to add to your already full list, but it’s important to think of brush cleaning as an essential part of your beauty routine.
Scroll down for the full scoop on why, when, and how to clean your makeup brushes the right way.
Aside from preventing the buildup of bacteria, oils, and dirt—which can lead to unwanted breakouts, rashes, and other skin issues—washing your makeup brushes regularly will extend the life of the bristles and make your makeup application process better and smoother.
While there’s no set law on how often you should soak your tools the general rule of thumb is that the brushes used around your eyes should be cleaned every two weeks, while the rest of your brushes should be cleaned once a month—at the absolute minimum. If you have a particularly bad breakout or get a cold, it’s best to wash them immediately. When in doubt, just remember the cleaner, the better.
The best and most thorough method for washing your makeup brushes only requires warm water and a gentle soap or brush cleanser.
- Wet the bristles with lukewarm water.
- Place a few drops of makeup brush cleanser or soap into the palm of your hand or onto a plate.
- Gently swirl the tips of the bristles into the soap.
- Rinse the bristles. (Repeat steps 3 & 4 until the water runs totally clear)
- Squeeze out the excess moisture with your fingers or a clean towel.
- Use your fingers to softly reshape the brush head.
- To prevent water from seeping into the glue at the base of the bristles, let the brushes dry with their bristles hanging off the edge of a counter—this will also help them keep their shape. Let them sit overnight to ensure that they’re completely dry.
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