This is a cautionary tale for those of you who don’t think your makeup brushes need to be washed every 2 – 4 weeks depending on how much you use them. Just like your mascara shouldn’t be kept longer than a 4 to 6 weeks – the growth of bacterial in the dark and damp tubes can only be kept at bay for 4 – 6 weeks by the preservatives and anti-bacterial ingredients.
One day after a few humid weeks in Sydney and Las Vegas, I looked down to discover my kabuki brush had clumps of powder practically glued to the bristles. It was not a pretty sight, the brush had picked up excess oils from the face and moisture from the damp air, mixed with the powder and started created a bacteria ridden mess. From afar, the brush didn’t look so bad (see the picture below) but as you can see from the picture above, it wasn’t a pretty sight – and to think, all that was being transferred on to my face every day, with more build up occurring every time I used it.
So my advice to you is to work out a 24 hour period when you won’t be apply makeup so you can finally clean your makeup brushes! Here’s a quick ‘how to clean your makeup brushes’:
HOW TO CLEAN MAKE UP BRUSHES – IT’S EASY!
What you will need:
- Every single brush your your collection (blush, face, foundation, eye shadow, lip liner, eye liner, kabuki and etc)
- A foaming face wash (we used a Dove one)
- Warm water & the bathroom sink for about 20 minutes
- Old-ish towels
4 Easy Steps to clean makeup brushes:
- Dampen the bristles of the makeup brush with warm water.
- Add a small amount of face wash to the brush bristles and get a good lather up with your fingers.
- Rinse the bristles of the brush under running water until the water turns clear. Inspect the face brushes thoroughly. If your brush is extra dirty like mine, keep following step 2 & 3 until there are no clumps visible.
- When all brushes are clean, run the bristles across the towel then lay them flat across the towel to air dry. Do not dry them standing up.
- Make sure you don’t dampen the whole make up brush or leave brushes soaking in water. It will loosen the glue keeping the bristles in the brush over time.
- If you’re in a hurry to use your brushes, let the dry naturally for as long as possible (but not in direct sunlight) before using a hair dryer on a low heat to dry them.
Why haven’t we recommended a brands makeup brush cleaning product?
We’ve tried a few brands that have a makeup brush cleaning soap/wash, but they never lather up as nicely and they don’t was as nicely as a good soapy/bubbly face wash.
Meanwhile, the brush cleaning sprays for an antibacterial spritzes in between real washes… well where does the build-up go? In my opinion, the build-up is still there (and the spray only adds to it) but the product stuck to the brush bristles are sanitised. At best.
Nothing beats a good wash.
Would you eat off a plate that had just been sprayed with an antibacterial spray?