Washing your sheets is the best, right? Well, what about washing your makeup brushes and sponges? No? What’s that, you don’t remember the last time you did…? Oh, well this is awkward…
When I give makeup lessons to clients, I always harp on the importance of washing your brushes consistently. I also bring this up anytime a client asks me about facials and skincare at the spa, because doing all of these things in harmony gives the best results (and the most bang for your buck!).
When not properly cleaned, dirty makeup brushes not only hold acne-causing bacteria resulting in breakouts, but can spread bacterial and fungal infections. Moreover, this can apply makeup unevenly and break down the bristles of your expensive brushes.
Whether you’re prepping your skin for your upcoming wedding or just trying to keep your skin as youthful as possible, washing your makeup brushes is paramount in this process!
How to wash your brushes
You can use any gentle hair shampoo or an actual makeup brush shampoo. I prefer to use the Bare Minerals “Well Cared For” shampoo. Everyone has their preferred way of doing this, but I like to place a pea sized amount of the shampoo in my palm. With the brushes in the other hand, I wet them, and then swirl in my palm until I see all the colored sudsy water worked up. Then I rinse them under warm water. When rinsing, face the brush head downward to avoid getting the brush handle wet. Water can break down the glue that is holding the bristles neatly in place causing the pieces to break apart.
Next, gently squeeze and reshape the brush head and lay down flat on a towel to dry — do not stand them back up to dry.
How often should you wash your brushes?
You should wash your brushes once a month. I also recommend doing this when you get home from your facial because it is better to keep things super clean after you just invested in an amazing facial. Just as you floss for a few days after a teeth cleaning- you’re in the zone! I hope this helped, and be sure to post a video of your clean brushes and tag @nspsmedspa!