Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

Most of us use our makeup brushes on a daily basis to paint our face. But, how often are you cleaning those brushes? How often should you be cleaning those brushes?

I took a look at the most asked questions about make up brushes and answered your most asked questions.

How Often Should You Clean Your Brushes

Many professional makeup artist, dermatologists and estheticians suggest cleaning your brushes weekly to avoid the bacteria build up that causes breakouts.

Many make up professionals and enthusiast suggest soaking foundation and concealer brushes at least once a week to prevent product build up.

Brushes used around the eyes should be cleaned twice a month. But, all other brushes on a monthly basis.

These brushes are being used on your face, so to avoid any skin issues it is important to keep them clean.  Keeping your brushes clean and avoiding build up can also help with a more even and blended makeup application.

What Should You Use To Clean Your Brushes

It is recommended that you use a gentle soap or a brush cleaner.  Nothing too harsh because it can dry out the brush bristles.

I use Aveeno Baby wash.

How To Clean Brushes and Blenders

  1. Wet bristles with luke warm water.
  2. Place a drop of gentle cleanser in the palm of your hands or on a silicone trivet.
  3. Massage the tips of the bristles into the palms of your hand or rub tips on silicone trivet.
  4. Rinse Bristles
  5. Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.
  6. Reshape the brush.
  7. Let the brush dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter.  this helps the brush dry back into its original shape.  Do not put brushes on a towel to dry -this will promote mildew on the brushes.

Some tips for cleaning:

  1. Keep the base of the brush head away from soap and water.  The bristles are glued to the base, water and soap can cause the glue to disintegrate and the bristles to fall out.
  2. Do not vertically dry your brushes.  This will cause water to leak to the base of the bristles causing them to fall out.

I know washing make-up brushes feels like it takes forever and is a waste of time, but if you make a point to make it a part of your weekly routine, you will find it doesn’t take much time and the benefits are well worth it.


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