Yes, you actually need to maintain your makeup brushes, even after you wash them.
When was the last time you cleaned your brushes? If you can remember then it's been too long. Makeup brushes are just like skin, they need to be cleaned. Makeup brushes hold dirt, oils and dust that will clog your pores and stop your brushes from applying correctly.
We understand that stopping your day to clean your brushes sounds terrible, but really, it’s a quick process.
How often should you wash your brushes?
For most people, wash your brushes once a week and store them in a separate container to protect from dust. BUT if you have acne prone skin or sensitive skin you may want to consider washing them twice a week.
How to clean the makeup brushes?
Don’t let your busy schedule or tight budget stop you from cleaning your makeup brushes! We suggest using mild shampoos such as baby shampoo. Steer clear of parabens and sulfates, since these brushes will be going on your face. Another popular cleanser is dish soap and olive oil. Dish soap can help break down the oil and dirt, while olive oil can break down any build-up.
Steps to clean your brush:
- Squeeze your shampoo or brush cleaner on the brush or in a jar with water.
- Swirl your brushes in the water and gently massage the brush to remove the makeup.
- Rinse with clean water and squeeze out left-over water
- Lay flat to dry
How to know when to replace your brushes?
Common signs to know when to replace your brushes:
- Bristles have lost their shape
- Bristles are dry
- Brushes start shedding
- You notice you’re breaking out
- Makeup application is more clumpy
Bonus: How to keep my brushes from getting dusty?
After cleaning and drying your brushes, the best option to keep them clean is to keep them in a dust free container, an apothecary jar. These jars are transparent and help maintain your brushes.
It’s also worth noting that scheduling a time/day when you can clean your brushes can motivate you to maintain this process. Your skin will THANK YOU!