Washing your makeup brushes is something that can easily get overlooked but is extremely important for not only keeping your face from breaking out but also for improving the overall quality of your makeup application.
Dirty brushes can trap in makeup residue, oils, and bacteria that can cause the product to go on unevenly, irritate your skin, and also diminish the longevity of your brush. If you’re investing in these high-quality tools for your makeup (and even if you’re not), you want the brush to last as long as possible! Using these cleaning tips below will help.
After use, I like to use a cleaning spray like this one by Sephora to gently wipe away the product with a dry washcloth that I’m not afraid to get dirty. This helps to keep some of the bacteria from building up until I do the weekly deep cleaning.
I personally do this on Sunday mornings as part of my weekly ritual so I don’t forget to do it. It’s important to note that it takes about a day for the brushes to fully dry so I like to do it after I’ve done my makeup for the day or I use it as a reason to go makeup-less for the day and give my skin a break! I use Johnson’s baby shampoo and this brush cleaning mat with warm water. It takes me a max of 10 minutes to clean my brushes – no excuses!
- Run your brushes under warm water using your fingers to get some of the initial makeup debris out, avoiding getting water near the handle as this can cause the glue on the handle to disintegrate.
- I start with the largest brushes first, applying a dime size amount of baby shampoo on to the bristles and using the mat to begin rubbing the old product out until the water runs clear.
- I then squeeze out any excess water and lay the brush in a flat position on a clean hand towel to dry.