Foundation, powder, eyeshadow, dirt, oil…all of these things can build up on your makeup brushes. To help achieve a flawless makeup application and clear skin, it is important to clean your makeup brushes often. Leonardo da Vinci didn’t use a dirty brush to paint the Mona Lisa – so why should you use one to paint your masterpiece. You may not realize how bad your brushes get after days or weeks of use. To illustrate the point, take a look at my before and after photos below.
I’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to clean my makeup brushes at least every two weeks. You may want to clean them more often – weekly is really recommended. If you only use them on occasion, you may be able to get away with cleaning them monthly. I highly recommend you don’t go longer than a month. In-between the thorough cleanings, you can also clean them daily with a cleaner such as Sephora’s Brush It Off Cleaning Brush Wipes or Daily Brush Cleaner.
For your thorough cleanings, I recommend Sephora’s Purifying Brush Shampoo. If you don’t want to invest in brush cleaner, you can also use a gentle shampoo (baby shampoo works great). Once you get your cleaner, the next steps are pretty easy.
How to clean your brushes:
- Dampen the brush with lukewarm water.
- Place a small amount of brush cleanser (a couple of pumps if using the Sephora shampoo) in your hand with a little lukewarm water or you can fill your bathroom sink up with a little lukewarm water and pump a small amount of cleanser in the water.
- Swirl the brush around, creating a little lather. You may need to work the cleanser into the brush and/or gently rub the bristles to remove tough makeup build-up.
- Rinse thoroughly. If makeup still appears on brush, repeat the steps above.
- Gentle squeeze excess water from brush.
- Lay brush flat to dry. I place my makeup brushes on a clean hand towel to dry. Before doing this, re-shape the bristle to how they should appear. Don’t stand brushes up to dry. Water can run into the handle and loosen up the glue that holds the bristles in place.
Keep in mind that it could take several hours for your makeup brushes to fully dry. I usually clean mine right after I put on my makeup in the morning or on a day that I’m not wearing makeup.
Get into a regular routine of cleaning your brushes. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.
Until next time – stay beautiful! ~ Devon