How Often and How to Clean Makeup Brushes

You use your brushes every day. But did you know that dirty makeup brushes can lead to acne and even fungal infections? All that caring for your skin and all the expensive skincare products and procedures can totally be wasted just by a quick swipe of a dirty brush.

If you want to keep your skin looking flawless, it is essential to keep your makeup brushes clean and bacteria-free.

How Often to Clean Makeup Brushes

If we are speaking generally, you should clean your brushes at least once a month. Stretching out the time any further puts you at risk of nasty side effects. Fortunately, it only takes you a few minutes to wash your brushes, and then you'll be good to go for another month.

When it comes to foundation and blush brushes, a clean once a month will work. In the case of brushes used around your eyes for shadow and liner, you’ll probably want to clean them more often.

The more often you change makeup colors, the more often you’ll need to clean your brushes. Putting off cleaning them leaves all of your favorite shades looking muddied. Ideally, to keep eyeshadow colors looking fresh, you’ll want to clean your brushes after every use.

TIP: Never, ever share your makeup brushes. Spreading your own oil and germs is bad enough. Wiping someone else’s gunk all over your face is downright dangerous.

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

All you need is a bowl of warm water, a clean white towel, and some brush cleaner. It’s important to use a cleanser designed for your brushes. Natural brushes in particular are sensitive, so treat them with care to avoid ruining them.

  • Run your brush under water to remove loose particles of dust and makeup.
  • Next, squeeze about a pea-size amount of brush cleanser into your bowl of warm water. Follow the instructions on your cleanser bottle, since they vary a bit with each formula.
  • Now that your bowl is ready, gently swirl the brush around in circles over the bottom of the bowl. Don’t press too hard. Keep swirling until your brush looks clean.
  • Next, grab your towel and swirl your brush over it to be sure there's no makeup residue left. If your brush is still dirty, you'll see streaks of color on the towel. That is when you can go back and keep swirling the brush in the bowl until it is clean.
  • When your brush leaves no residue, give it a quick rinse under the tap.
  • After your brush is clean and rinsed, gently squeeze it with the towel to remove excess water.
  • Lay the brush flat overnight too dry.

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