Because we all know you don't even remember the last time you did.
The only thing more daunting than cleaning your room after going out (hello outfits I decided not to wear) is washing your makeup brushes. It could be weeks, months, even years since the last time we cleaned them because honestly, who has the time or patience? While it might seem basic, skipping the clean your brushes step is probably what's causing your breakouts, clogging your pores and not to mention, ruining your high quality, expensive makeup brush. Learning how to quickly and efficiently clean them? Well, that sounds like a good way to protect your investment.
You should be cleaning your brushes weekly.
For the average, every day makeup user, you should incorporate cleaning your brushes into your weekly chores. Obviously we would love to have our brushes cleaned every time we use them but that's definitely a challenge. If once a week is way too daunting, then at the very least make sure to clean them once a month. Just remember, brush hairs and sponges are porous which means they hold on to debris, oil and bacteria. If your brushes are dirty, your application will be spotty and the blending will be difficult, not to mention unsanitary.
A step-by-step brush cleaning guide.
- Rinse off any makeup left on your brushes using lukewarm water making sure to keep the brush pointed down as to not let the water seep in the ferrule (part that connects the handle to the bristle).
- In the palm of your hand put a little dollop of either shampoo, soap or brush cleanser and swirl the brush around to work it into a nice lather.
- Cleanse the brush under the lukewarm water and keep rinsing until the brush is free from soap.
- Reshape the brush so it’s back to its original state. Either lay the brush flat on a towel to dry or hang it upside down. Do not allow the brush to dry standing up or the water will drip into the ferrule causing the glue to loosen.
What about my beauty blender?
Don't worry, we've got you covered.
- Dab a dime-size amount of cleaning soap onto your sponge.
- Massage the blender for 60 seconds.
- Cleanse the blender under lukewarm water and keep rinsing until the water runs clear.
- Roll it on a clean towel to remove the moisture
- Lay flat to dry.
Tools that will make cleaning your brushes a lot easier.
Buy this: Brush Pearl Cosmetic Brush Cleaner (Shop Now)
Buy this: StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer (Shop Now)
Buy this: Sigma 2X Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove (Shop Now)
Buy this: Vera Mona Color Switch (Shop Now)
When is it time to replace my makeup brushes?
When the bristles start to fray, shed or lose their shape, it's time to part ways. If your brushes aren't getting squeaky clean, it's probably time to start looking to replace them. Don't forget, the right tools are as important in achieving your desired look as much as the makeup itself. If your brushes are too pinched or squashed, they simply won't do the job.