Have you ever thought to yourself, “Should I clean my makeup brushes?” or “Why should I clean these stupid brushes if they’re just going to get dirty again?” or maybe “Are my makeup brushes REALLY that dirty?”
I’m here today to tell you… PLEASE… for the love of EVERYTHING… WASH YOUR FREAKIN’ MAKEUP BRUSHES. 🙂
Was that subtle enough? But, seriously… cleaning your makeup brushes is ABSOLUTELY necessary.
First, let’s talk about WHY it’s so important that you clean your brushes. You put these things on your face every single day… our faces aren’t always as clean as we think they are. Your makeup brushes hold so much more bacteria than you think! You may think that by not using your hands, you’re keeping things cleaner, but if your brushes are dirty then you’re just spreading bacteria back and forth from your face to your makeup. Dirty makeup brushes can clog your pores and cause breakouts. If you break out or have unexplainable skin irritation, your dirty makeup brushes could be the reason.
This is definitely a worst case scenario, but dirty makeup brushes can cause serious infections as well. The dead skin cells, oil, and dirt in your brushes could very well contain things like fungus, staphylococcus, streptococcus, E. Coli, and viruses. Need I say more? Pink eye is another risk you take when using dirty makeup brushes, especially if you ever share them with someone. I don’t know about y’all, but red gooey eyes isn’t exactly the look I’m going for.
Think about the reason you bought those wonderful makeup brushes in the first place. To make your makeup go on better, RIGHT? So if you have days, weeks, or MONTHS (EW.) of makeup and bacteria buildup in your brushes… they aren’t doing the job they’re designed to do. Keeping your brushes clean is the only way your brushes can do their job properly! On that same note, makeup brushes aren’t cheap! If you’re investing money in decent brushes, keeping them clean will ensure that they last as long as possible. Letting your makeup brushes get filthy is just a waste of money, and no one likes that!
Okay, so now let’s talk about HOW OFTEN you should be cleaning those brushes. I recommended that you DEEP CLEAN your brushes at least once a month, if not every couple of weeks. I typically deep clean my face brushes more often than my eye brushes, simply because my face brushes tend to get dirtier, faster. I also recommend spot cleaning your brushes every couple of days with a spray cleaner. I’ll go into more detail on that later!
Now on to what I actually use! When I deep clean my brushes, I use my Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat ($32). This thing is AWESOME. It fits right in your sink and has suctions on the bottom to make it stick. Take a look:
So it has different spots for different types of brushes, which is cool. It says right on the mat what each area is for, so it’s basically fool proof! You don’t HAVE to have this to clean your brushes. I did it by hand for years and it worked just fine. But this mat makes it a little bit easier, and really gets down deep into the bristles.
Sigma has a ton of other great products and cleaners to use on your brushes. I’d 100% recommend ANY of their products! Side note, they are also my favorite brush brand! Their prices are very affordable and their brushes and amazing quality. I’ve been a customer of theirs for about 3 years! Click the link below to check out their website and products:
These are the two deep cleaning products I use on my brushes. The Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser is perfect. It’s super easy to use and cleans brushes AND Beauty Blenders really well. They also now have a liquid form, but I haven’t tried it yet! The Purity Cleanser is what I use daily to wash my face, but it also doubles as a brush cleanser.
When I’m spot cleaning my brushes, I use the Sephora Collection Citrus Brush Cleaner ($11.50). First of all, the price is GREAT, especially for the quality of cleaner that it is. I’ve been using this stuff for a good 3 years now on my own personal brushes, as well as in my pro makeup kit, and I have yet to find anything that I like better. It has a light citrus scent, and my clients ALWAYS comment on how amazing it smells. I love citrus… it makes anything smell clean! This formula of this brush cleaner works on synthetic and natural brush bristles, and keeps your brushes looking nice and shiny. It dries pretty quickly in my experience, but it also depends on the type of brush, bristles, and thickness of the bristles.
I also made a quick tutorial on how exactly I clean my brushes. Check it out and subscribe to my channel to be updated when new tutorials are posted!
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