How often do you clean your makeup brushes? Be honest. The best scenario would be to clean them once a week, but let’s face it, that’s probably not going to happen. So let’s shoot for cleaning them once a month (or better yet every 2-3 weeks).
Dirty brushes contaminate your skin and the products you’re dipping them into, so you’re just transferring bacteria back and forth. If you’ve had problems with acne and rarely clean your brushes this could be a big contributing factor. You’ll also notice a much smoother makeup application with clean brushes. Cleaning your brushes will extend their life. If you’ve spent a pretty penny on good quality brushes it should be in your best interest to take good care of them.
Then mix equal parts of shampoo and conditioner in the palm of your hand and swirl the brush hairs around in it.
Work the mixture through until it’s fully dispersed.
If you are cleaning several brushes you could mix equal parts of shampoo and conditioner in a cup with warm water and dip them in one at a time, massaging each brush with the mixture.
Rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear.
Gently squeeze out excess water, and maintain the brush shape.
Lay brushes flat to dry. DO NOT place brush hairs on a towel. It’s best to hang them over a countertop so they will not pick up bacteria. Never dry them in an upright position as this loosens the glue that holds them together. I prefer to wash my brushes in the evening, lay them down, hanging over the bathroom counter, and in the morning they are dry and ready for use.
There are also spray brush cleaners available, they are useful when brushes need to be sanitized quickly because they dry almost immediately (great for a makeup artist that is working on several people). These brush cleaners to do not provide optimal cleaning results; you should still clean your brushes with the method explained above at least once a month. Also be aware of artificial fragrances added to these products, which can cause irritation to the skin.
Do your skin and brushes a favor and wash them tonight! Write it down on your calendar, or set a reminder in your phone and make it a monthly habit. Once you start doing it regularly you won’t want dirty brushes to touch your face ever again.