Most of us use makeup brushes on our faces every single day, but let's all be honest with ourselves - how often are we actually cleaning them? Probably not enough. With that said, it's not a big surprise that according to experts, some of our highly used contouring tools should be getting cleaned on a weekly basis. Yep. Weekly!
So let's break it down. It's always a great time of year to focus on cleaning, but let's forget about our closets for a moment and focus on our beauty brushes.
How Often Should We Be Cleaning Our Brushes?
Basically, using our brushes everyday leads to a quick and sometimes exponential build up of makeup in them. This leads to a bacteria buildup which then leads to unwanted breakouts. No thanks.
Most dermatologists will recommend that thoroughly washing your foundation and concealer brushes on a weekly basis at MINIMUM is best to prevent product buildup. You're putting it on your entire face so the cleaner, the better! Brushes that are used around the eyes should be cleaned at least twice a month. All others can be washed once a month. I think we can all handle that.
What Should Be Used To Clean Them?
The best and most simple way to clean your brushes, is actually just luke-warm water and a gentle soap. A regular soap might dry out the bristles so try to find a gentle one if possible! Our favorite thing to use? Indie Lee's Brightening Cleanser!
1. Get the bristles of the brush a little wet with lukewarm water
2. Place a drop of Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser (or gentle soap) into the palm of your hand
3. Gently massage the tips of the bristles into your palm
4. Rinse the cleanser out of the bristles and squeeze out any excess water
5. Re-Shape the brush head
6. Let the brush dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter, thereby allowing it to dry in the correct shape. Never let your brushes dry on a towel — the bristles can become mildewed.
*TIP: avoid the water and soap getting into the base of the brush head which is usually glued on and might eventually cause the bristles to shed.
There you have it! Happy Spring brush cleaning everyone!