We use our makeup brushes everyday, sometimes even twice a day. More often than not, we can not say the same for how often we are cleaning them. Cleaning your makeup brushes can seem like a daunting task but much like removing your makeup, it must be done. If you are not cleaning your makeup brushes, the brush will become a prime breeding ground for bacteria that can actually make your acne worse, and lead to an unfavorable build up of excess product and bacteria on the skin. 

When you aren’t cleaning your makeup brushes regularly, makeup products will begin to build up on the brushes causing them to be more harsh on the skin, and not nearly as soft and supple as they were when you purchased them. This also makes blending your makeup more difficult, causing a streaky application. When your brushes are clean, your skin stays happy, and your makeup goes on seamlessly. 

How Often Do You Need To Clean Your Brushes?

The rule of thumb for cleaning your makeup brushes is for any brush that you use for complexion or on your face, you should be cleansing once a week at minimum and for any brush you use around the eye area, twice monthly. Again – at minimum. Like stated earlier, a clean makeup brush will result in clearer skin and a seamless makeup application, so – the cleaner the better. 

What Do You Use To Clean Your Brushes?

The best, and most thorough cleanse that you can achieve with your brushes is performed with a gentle cleanser, and tepid water. The reason why you would want to use a gentle cleanser is because if you use a regular soap, you can cause the bristles on your brush to become dry and brittle. Some quick drying brush cleaners are made up of food grade solvents to dissolve any makeup residue on the brush, and while these are beneficial for a spot cleanse, you will want to use a gentle cleanser and water in order to get a deep clean on your brushes. 

What About Makeup Sponges?

Keeping your makeup sponges clean is just as important as keeping any brushes clean. There are some beauty sponges on the market today that are microbial resistant, and can last you up to 3-4 months if cared for properly, and cleansed weekly.

How Do You Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

  1. Wet your makeup brush with tepid water.
  2. Place a small amount of cleanser into the palm of your hand.
  3. Gently work the makeup brush into the cleanser on your palm. 
  4. Rinse out your brush. 
  5. Squeeze out excess water and reshape the brush back to its natural form.
  6. Lay your makeup brush flat to dry.