If you’re like most women, you tend to put on makeup on a regular basis. And, if you are the type who tends to go a long time between washing your brushes, you have probably noticed that they start to get a certain smell after a while. This is from the leftover makeup that has built up over time on your brushes. Not exactly appealing. But besides the smell, this leftover makeup can get back onto your skin and cause clogged pores and breakouts. Further, your makeup application will beless smooth and it will be difficult to blend. Therefore, you should wash your brushes often.
How Often Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes
There are a couple of ideas out there as to how often you should clean your brushes. Personally, I feel that if you use these brushes quite often, you should clean them once a week. I clean mine every Monday. If you do not want to wash all your brushes once a week, use the following as a guideline:
Foundation/Concealer Brushes – Once a week.
Eye Brushes – 2x a month.
All others – 1x a month.
As far as your sponges and other tools, I would wipe these down or exchange them for fresh ones on a weekly basis.
How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Items Needed: Your Brushes, a sink, brush cleaner or gentle soap (I use Ecotools. You can get it on Amazon here.), and a clean towel or several paper towels.
- Wet the bristles of your brush with warm water.
- Place a drop of brush cleaner or gentle soap into the palm of your hand and gently swirl the bristles in your palm and rinse. Repeat if especially dirty.
- Squeeze out the excess moisture with a towel, reshape the bristles, and place on the counter with the brush head hanging off the edge or use a special brush holder to hang them upside-down. I use this, but you can find several different ones here. Some of these even come with a cleaning pad so you don’t have to use your palm when washing the brushes.
Note: Take care not to let the water and soap get into the base of the brush. The bristles are glued in place and this could cause them to loosen and come apart. For this same reason, do not dry your brushes head-up in a cup.
If you follow these guidelines, you should get a long life out of your brushes as well as protect your skin. Just remember to wash them gently and frequently and when your brushes start to fray, shed, or lose their shape, it’s time to replace them.