We wash our dishes, we wash our clothes, we wash our face, so why wouldn't we wash our makeup brushes?
It comes down to the same concept; makeup brushes gather dirt, pollution & bacteria just like anything else. However, we then put these all over our face, rubbing all these nasties into our pores. When you use a dirty brush, then put it back into your makeup and then back onto your face again you are contaminating your skin & your products. This can cause breakouts, inflammation, irritation & even infections. Dead skin cells can cause harmful bacteria such as staphylococcus, streptococcus and E. Coli.
Cleanliness isn't the only reason it is important to clean makeup brushes though!...
If you are trying to do your makeup with dirty brushes, it doesn't matter how good your brushes, products or makeup skills are, the results will not be the same. Product build up affects the brushes texture, shape and ability to pick up and distribute product evenly on your skin. So, no wonder you might be having issues trying to blend & get that flawless finish makeup look. All of this also applies to beauty blenders and sponges.
Regular cleaning of your brushes will also dramatically improve their lifetime & quality. Good makeup brushes are an investment and will keep their quality for much longer if you are regularly washing them. Taking care of your tools is one of the first steps in a successful makeup routine.
How often should I wash my brushes?
There are varying opinions on this, some saying it should be after every use whereas some say once every 1-2 weeks. But ideally, as often as possible. Giving your brushes a clean slate will avoid all of the issues stated above. You can use a brush cleaner spray after every use as it is quicker & easier and then could do a deep clean once a fortnight. This ensures that your brushes are always clean without being too time consuming.
So, how do I clean my brushes?
First of all, it is very important not to submerge or soak brushes as this will loosen and affect the bonding between the bristles and the handle.
1. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water
2. Place a drop of a gentle, paraben-free shampoo or cleanser in the palm of your hand
3. Gently massage the bristles into the shampoo/cleanser using circular motions. Careful to not mess up the shape of the bristles too much
4. Rinse the bristles thoroughly (holding the brush with the bristles facing down so that water does not run into the handle)
5. Squeeze out excess water & reshape the brush to original shape
6. Dry brushes laying flat over a counter. It is important to let them fully dry before using them again. We also don't recommend using any high heat dryers on them as it can cause damage to the bristles and glue
However, you can submerge/soak beauty blenders...
1. Fill a sink or bowl with lukewarm water & gentle, paraben-free shampoo or cleanser
2. Submerge beauty blender
3. Squeeze and rinse beauty blender continuously until no more makeup is coming out of it.
4. You can then soak it or remove and allow it to dry on paper towels or a towel