When was the last time you thought about cleaning your makeup brushes? Be honest, I'm not here to judge. It's something a lot of us don't think about doing very often but dirty brushes can lead to breakouts and clogged pores, irritation or even infections. Cleaning your brushes regularly will not only give you a better makeup application but will actually extend the life of your brush. So let's get started!
How often? Generally once per week is recommended especially if you are acne prone or using liquid and cream based products. You don't have to spend extra money on a fancy brush cleaners, I recommend using a clarifying or baby shampoo. A favorite tool for getting all the gunk out of eyeliner and concealer brushes are those makeup egg cleaners available on Amazon for a couple dollars but the palm of your hand works good too.
Step 1 - Run your brushes under lukewarm water focusing on the bristles and avoiding the metal part that holds it all together (the ferrule), as water will break down the glue over time.
Step 2 - Put a little shampoo in a bowl and swirl some on your brush. Use your hand or the egg to gently agitate the bristles, working up a lather and adding more water as needed. Rinse thoroughly and repeat until water runs clear from the brush.
Step 3 - Squeeze out the excess water and reshape the brush being careful not to pull on the bristles. Lay flat on a towel to dry. Never stand back up to dry as water will get into the ferrule.
That's all there is to it! I like to make this a part of my Sunday afternoon ritual so I get in the habit of doing it weekly. It only takes a few minutes and is well worth the feeling of fresh clean bristles touching my skin.