Whats lurking in your makeup brushes?
Posted on October 28 2019
What’s lurking in your make up brushes?
Fess up, ladies! How often do you really wash your makeup brushes?
Make up brushes need to be cleaned on a regular basis otherwise they can harbour dirt and oil which gets transferred onto your skin and can lead to everything from acne and fungal infections.
Often, we can think a new foundation or powder is causing skin to break out but after giving the foundation brush a much needed clean, the breakouts stopped. It was my brush that was causing all the spots- eek!
If you don’t have a specific brush cleaner product you can use household products such as your shampoo to clean makeup brushes effectively. A hair conditioner can be used to moisturise the brush bristles.
Wet the bristles with lukewarm water.
* Place a drop of makeup brush cleanser or shampoo into the palm of your hand.
* Gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm.
* Rinse the bristles until the water runs clear.
* Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.
* Reshape the brush head and dry- laying flat, not upright.
Regardless, clean brushes also give your makeup a better finish, keeping your skin flawless and ensure that product application is even. So ladies, washing brushes is something we all need to do more often!
If you've got some rubbing alcohol in the house, pour a bit into a small bowl or glass or put it in a spray bottle. Dip your brush in or give it a good spritz, then swipe clean on a paper towel. It will dry almost instantly.
Coconut or olive oil works too..
If you don't have any of the other products around the house you'll at least have a bit of coconut or olive oil. Massage the oil through the bristles and rinse clean.
Use an alcohol spray or alcohol wipes..
This method is super easy - you can actually buy a spray that you can spritz on your brushes to sterilise them between or before use. This is great for eyeshadow brushes because waiting for these to dry is a real pain. I like this one from MECCA. This method takes all of two seconds but you will be required to head out to the shops and buy it first.
Things to remember..
If you're going to speed up the drying process...
Blow drying your brushes can shorten the life span of your brush and destroy the bristles if you do this regularly. It's all right once or twice if you're in a rush but avoid doing it all the time.
There is a difference between disinfecting and cleaning…
Oils and oil cleansers will clean your brushes of excess product but won't kill the bacteria. Alcohol and alcohol spray will kill the bacteria but won't remove excess product. You should try to regularly clean off the excess product and kill the bacteria to keep your brushes in tip-top condition.
How often should you wash?
For concealer and foundation brushes used on the face- once a week is best to prevent buildup of the product and for keeping your face as clean as possible.
Brushes used around the eyes should be cleaned once a fortnight and all other brushes once a month.
And while we are at it…. don’t forget to change your pillowcases every few days- particularly if you are prone to break out!