Just as you need to clean your face every night to avoid a build-up of dirt and bacteria, keeping your makeup brushes well-maintained is essential within skin care. Getting into the habit of washing your brushes once or twice a week, depending on how often you wear makeup, will not only extend their lifespan but helps to keep your skin clear. If you have acne, and irritated or sensitive skin, a dirty makeup brush puts bacteria back on your face to create a cycle of breakouts.
Many of us use our brushes on a daily basis, so it’s important to take care of them properly and keep them from accumulating old makeup, dirt, oil, and dead skin. Professional brushes are often quite expensive, and like any other investments, you want to get a good return on them. Think of it as a paintbrush that you don’t rinse with water despite dipping it in various colours — an unclean brush can’t effectively apply the intended shade when it’s already dirty!
While there are professional brush cleaning sprays that are effective and easy to apply, you can do just as much at home to keep your skin care routine healthy and hygienic.
Begin by wetting the bristles, being sure to keep the handle of the brush dry as wetting the ends will loosen the glue over time. Swipe your brush in some baby shampoo or gentle soap, adding a few drops of olive oil to keep the bristles soft and supple. Wash thoroughly with lukewarm water until it runs clear and the brush is free of makeup residue.
When drying, be sure to lay the brush flat on a cloth or a paper towel. Putting them in an upright position should be avoided, as that can cause water to settle at the base of the bristles and wear off the glue.
Taking the time to regularly clean your makeup brushes may sound like a big commitment, but it should never be neglected and is just as important as every other step in your skin care routine.