We’ve already explained the importance of having the right makeup brushes, but cleaning them is equally as important. Brushes can often breed bacteria and we certainly don’t want any getting passed onto our face. It can increase our odds of getting acne and skin infections. That’s why it’s so crucial that we clean our brushes correctly and thoroughly. Here’s our guide to cleaning some of the most popular and most used brushes out there.
1. The Beauty Blender
Beauty Blenders are one of the biggest offenders when it comes to breeding bacteria. Because the sponge is often soaked in water before being used, it can cause a huge buildup of germs and bacteria if it isn’t cleaned properly. First off, it’s important that you clean your beauty blender after every single use. For sanitary purposes it’s also advised that you replace your blender every 3 – 4 months. Use a mild hand soap to wash your brush after using it and let it dry completely before placing it back into your beauty box.
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2. Foundation and Eye Shadow Brushes
Clean your foundation, shadow and all other brushes with bristles once every week. There are a number of washes, shampoos, and solids available out there for cleaning your brushes. We recommend using a shampoo as they tend to have the best results. Contrary to what anyone says don’t clean your brushes using coconut oil. This is one of the easiest ways to ruin your brushes and your skin. It won’t effectively get rid of bacteria and it will clog the bristles of your brushes causing breakouts when it comes in contact with your skin. Stick to shampoos for the best results. Don’t stick your entire brush into the water when cleaning it. This will break down the glue that holds your brush together and cause it come apart. Also, never use a blow dryer to dry your brushes after washing them. This will cause your brushes to dry out and break apart. Always lay your brushes flat on a paper towel and let them dry over night.
Don’t neglect to clean your tweezers like you would any other makeup product. Dab some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and rub it all over your tweezers to rid them of germs and bacteria.