Here’s a question for you: when was the last time you washed your makeup brushes? Fess up! Tell me in the comments if you’re brave! 😉
I am serious about taking good care of my skin (see my skincare routine here) and washing my makeup brushes is a large part of this since they can get pretty nasty. Today I’m sharing how I clean my makeup brushes and how often! It takes 5, maybe 10 minutes. It’s not hard — other than remembering to do it. And I have a hack for that too!
If you don’t clean them often, they can become FULL of bacteria from your skin, makeup bag, house and air. I mean, some bacteria is fine and is on everything in life. But, you don’t want it to build up over time. You stick that stuff on your face and then back on your makeup and then back to your face. That’s a gross cycle.
If you suffer from breakouts, this might even be one of the causes, or at least a reason your breakouts don’t clear as quickly as you want. This is me, completely make-up and breakout free, which I give credit to a solid skincare and makeup routine — and that includes clean brushes!
Another reason to wash your brushes is that the more product build-up on the brush, the more likely you are to cause damage to your skin. Skin is super sensitive, especially on your face! If your brush is caked with makeup and not soft, you can cause more damage than you think, which can lead to irritation and dryness. It can also make your powders look nasty when you transfer oil from your skin to your makeup.
I try to do this monthly, but have goals to wash them even more often, particularly the ones that get the most use on larger areas of my face. Below are my general guidelines/goals; I think of it as liquids vs powders:
Liquid products build up on brushes more easily which is why you should wash them more. But, if you’re washing those anyway, just wash them all! It takes just a few minutes – the key is remembering to do it! Set a reminder in your phone or do it whenever you replace the toilet paper or something! Just something to trigger a reminder.
I use the Beautycounter Charcoal Bar as the cleanser (more on that below!). Here are the steps I follow to wash my makeup brushes. It’s so simple but I get asked about it a lot so it must not be super intuitive.
So simple and SO effective!
I use Beautycounter’s Charcoal Bar! Here’s why:
If you don’t want to invest in that bar (although I really think everyone should have it), a gentle shampoo or cream cleanser works too. Just rinse it out well!!
I always lay them flat and then put something that is raised under the handles so that the brush hairs are tilted down just a little. A hand towel is great for this. This way, the water won’t dry up in the handle of the brush or cause any residual soap to get into the glue, which can break it down over time. That can cause your brush to start to come apart and bristles to fall out.
Drying it this way also helps the bristles dry in the correct direction. Be as gentle as you can on your brush; the bristles are usually very fine!
If you’re looking for new brushes, I really love Beautycounter’s brushes, which are the majority of the ones I own. I have some older ones from Sephora that I like too but have found that Beautycounter’s brushes are softer.
Happy brush cleansing! Now, go wash your brushes and report back! 😉
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