Ladies, it’s completely OK if you don’t know how to clean your makeup brushes… But after reading this you are going to want to make sure you do it regularly! (not once every 12 months like ugh a friend of mine…)
Ok embarrassing admission time – I was recently reading an article on things to do to improve acne and one of its suggestions was to regularly clean your make up brushes. And I remembered that I hadn’t cleaned mine in a really long time. Like so long I couldn’t remember. Maybe more than 12 months. Shudder. Don’t you judge me…
I think for most of us, cleaning our makeup brushes is in the same category as flossing – we know we should do it more often but we just don’t quite get there. OK maybe not over a year don’t quite get there but we don’t do it as much as prescribed. Please confirm this ladies??? Surely I’m not the only one!
After quickly cleaning my brushes several times, I decided to look into just how often we are actually supposed to be doing this.
Well, I’m here to tell you that dermatologists recommend we clean our brushes EVERY DAY! Yes, that’s right – EVERY DAY. They recommend using a quick spray cleanse on a daily basis. EVERY DAY.
They also recommend that you give your brushes a good clean with soap/shampoo and water every 1-2 weeks. The actual process of cleaning brushes is simple and painless (just like flossing)! If you aren’t a regular make-up brush cleaner, don’t fret and just follow these steps right away and no one has to know how terrible you are at this being a woman business (unless you post your faux pas on a blog or something crazy like that!).
- Mix a small amount of natural shampoo or liquid soap in a bowl with some warm water
- Soak the tip of the brush and gently swirl around the bowl. Be careful not to wet the handle of the brush.
- Rinse the brush under warm running water pointing downwards.
- Repeat step 2 and 3 until water runs clear.
- Use a clean cloth to wipe the brush and reshape the bristles as needed.
- Lay the brush flat on the cloth until completely dry.
- Set a recurring calendar reminder to make sure you continue to remember to clean your brushes!
See – simple!