It is often the simple things that we overlook in our beauty regimes.
Always looking for new products, we focus on what we use and not how we use it – although the latter can really make a difference.
Keeping makeup brushes clean is important not only for a great finish, but also for overall skin health.
Why is it so important?
With regular use, makeup brushes collect bacteria, oil and dead skin cells – especially if they are used all day long and not on freshly cleaned skin.
The longer you stay without washing your makeup brushes, the more unpleasantness accumulates – which can lead to blackheads, blemishes and breakouts.
Sensitive skin sufferers also know that dirty brushes (especially foundation brushes) can be very scratchy on the skin. So if you keep them clean, you can avoid irritation.
Excessively dead skin cells and old make-up on brushes also tarnish your complexion and make it difficult to apply, so you use more make-up with poor results!
How often should you clean them?
There are no clean brushes that are too clean – the more you wash them, the softer they become.
General guidelines are:
- Foundation Brush – Once a week
- Powder and bronze brush – Once a week
- Rouge brush – Once a week
- Eye shadow brush – Every 2/3 days
- Eyeliner Brush – After each application
Sensitive eyes are very susceptible to irritation and infection. Therefore, always use a freshly cleaned brush – especially when applied to the inner eye sealant.
How do I clean them?
There are many different products, most of which contain alcohol that can irritate the hands and face if residues are left behind.
In the name of multitasking, I prefer the shampoo method!
Clean the brush bristles with a mild shampoo, avoiding the metal housing.
Let the brushes dry completely before using them again.