One of the worst things you can do to your face is use makeup brushes that hardly get cleaned. Ever wonder why you get random breakouts or blackheads? Your unclean makeup brushes could be the culprit! It’s important to clean your makeup brushes regularly because makeup brushes tend to harbor A LOT of bacteria, old makeup, dust, etc. Imagine swiping all that on your face every time you use unclean makeup brushes, and then it all rests on your face the entire day until you wash it off at night — lather, rinse, repeat, breakout in acne and blackheads… All this can be prevented just by cleaning your brushes!
It is advisable to clean them at least once a week if you use them daily or frequently. It’s quick and easy, takes about 15 minutes of your time! I usually clean my makeup brushes the day before a day I know I won’t be heading out, to give the brushes time to dry up completely.
There are two methods of cleaning your makeup brushes:
with olive oil, water and shampoo (for brushes that use liquid, cream, gel makeup)
with water and shampoo (for brushes that use dry makeup)
Below are two diagrams for your reference on how to clean your makeup brushes:
It is VERY important to note that when washing your brushes, make sure to always clean the brushes with the bristles facing downward and to never let the water go beyond the metal part of the brush (the metal that holds the bristles together), because if the water goes up the handle, it can loosen the glue that holds the bristles and the handle together and come apart (it’s happened to me because I neglected this part of the process), or it can cause the glue that’s holding the bristles of your brush to come apart, thus the bristles falling off (also happened to me).
So, what are you waiting for? Get off your bum and start cleaning those brushes! :)