Are you one of those people who does all the right things in terms of skincare and yet you don’t understand why you have breakouts and spots? Well, maybe it’s time to take a good look at the tools you use to apply your makeup with.
Layers of oil from your skin, mixed with makeup pigments and dead skin cells, make brushes a breeding ground for bacteria.Caroline Barnes
Be honest, when did you last clean your brushes? Are they currently caked in makeup? Can’t even remember the original colour of the bristles? Now would be a good time to grab some brush cleanser and get to it.
USING DIRTY MAKEUP BRUSHES
When you use dirty brushes and beauty blenders to apply your makeup, it could cause breakouts, congestion or skin irritation. Worst case scenario, it can also lead to infections for example when you use dirty brushes to apply eyeshadow.
The limp, clogged bristles also can no longer blend evenly, which leaves you with streaky foundation or unevenly blended eyeshadow.
Using dirty makeup tools can also accelerate aging, since dirt or filth contributes to the breakdown of collagen and elastin in your skin.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES?
According to dermatologists, we should be cleaning our foundation and concealer brushes at least once a week to prevent bacteria buildup.
Your trusty beauty blender needs to be cleaned even more regularly, since it can collect even more filth than your brushes, and needs to be replaced every three months.
According to Bobbi Brown, “brushes that are used around the eyes should be cleaned at least twice a month.” All others, such as brushes used for powders, can be washed once a month.
If you’re a professional makeup artist, you may already know that you should clean your brushes after each use.
THE CLEANING PROCESS: BRUSHES
- Wet each brush individually in hot water
- Apply a drop of your brush cleanser onto the bristles. You can also use a gentle soap if you don’t have brush cleanser
- Gently rub the bristles over your brush cleaning tool or in the palm of your hand and lather for a few minutes
- Rinse the brushes under running water, ensuring they are clean.
- If there is still some makeup residue on the brush, repeat the process.
- Squeeze the water out of the brush using a clean towel.
- Lastly, lay your brushes in a neat row to dry with the bristles hanging off the edge of a counter (do not stack them on top of each other or on a towel, they won’t dry properly and will smell moldy – not good!)
THE CLEANING PROCESS: BEAUTY BLENDER
- Wet the beauty sponge in hot water
- Lather the sponge with your brush cleanser or soap
- Squeeze and rinse, reapply cleanser or soap on the sponge repeatedly until no more makeup residue comes out
- Squeeze the remaining water out of the sponge using a clean towel
- Lay your beauty blender upright on a counter to ensure it dries properly.
WHICH CLEANING PRODUCTS DO I RECOMMEND
I use the Urban Studio Cosmetic Brush Cleansing Duo (includes a brush scrubber and shampoo) and can be found at Dischem for only R99.95.
However, if you’re on a budget, you can also use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo (R29.95 at Dischem) and clean your brushes using your hands.
Makeup may come and go, but brush cleaning is forever.Anonymous
Cleaning your brushes might feel like another chore that’s added to the list, nevertheless clean your brushes regularly and your skin will thank you.
Question of the day: How often do you clean your brushes?