Brushes are key to pristine, professional-standard makeup application, so give them the love and care they deserve by treating them to a thorough clean at least once a week.
Haven’t cleaned your makeup brushes recently? They could have bugs in them. Yes, really.
We’re guessing it’s been a while…
Ok, so be honest: When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? If they’re currently caked in makeup and you can’t remember the original colour of the bristles, it’s probably time to make friends with a cleanser.
Dirty brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, and if you don’t look after your beauty tools, they won’t last as long as they should. Here are our top tips for how to clean makeup brushes and keeping them germ-free and in perfect condition, even when you’re on the go – so no excuses!
Start by running the brush under lukewarm water, using your fingers to spread out the bristles. Try to avoid getting water on the part of the brush where the bristles meet the handle – known as the ferrule – because water will dissolve the glue and cause the bristles to shed.
Next, apply a pump of cleansing gel onto the brush. Spread the bristles to remove any clogged-up makeup. For an even deeper clean, swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to lather up the soap before dipping back into the water.
Rinse the brush under warm running water, then wipe back and forth across a clean hand towel to get rid of every bit of makeup. Reshape the brush as you go by pressing the bristles between your fingers until it is back to its original shape, once dry, store upright.
How often do I need to replace BeautyBlenders and/or sponges?
Regular makeup sponges (the inexpensive kind that come in bulk bag) aren’t meant to be reused.
Microbial-resistant sponges, such as BeautyBlenders, on the other hand, are meant to be reused and can be safely used for three to four months. As with makeup brushes, make sure to clean your BeautyBlenders at least once a week, as the sponges can become filled with skin cells and bacteria can overgrow in that area.
Makeup Brush Cleaning Do’s
- Do wash your brushes at least every 2 weeks to avoid bacteria build up.
- Do use a gentle shampoo (such as baby shampoo) to deep clean your brushes.
- Do clean your brushes after each use with brush cleaner when working with clients.
- Do gently re-mold each brush into it’s original shape if necessary.
Makeup Brush Cleaning Don’ts
- Don’t completely submerge your brushes in water. This can cause the wood to swell and crack. It can also loosen the glue that holds the brushes in place.
- Don’t dry your brushes upright. This can trap water in the base of the brush which can cause rotting of the wood. Lay them flat to dry.
- Don’t allow water to enter the barrel of the handle. Water trapped in the barrel can rot the adhesive, leading to an unpleasant odor and brush hair loss.
- Don’t squeeze the bristles dry as this can alter the shape of the brush.
“Can’t I just throw my makeup brushes in the washing machine?”
Sadly, the washing machine is not an acceptable shortcut. The heat of the machine will breakdown the glue that holds the brush to the handle, but if time is short, an in-shower wash will suffice.