By: Kenzie Grieman
Why is it so important to clean your makeup tools? There are several reasons. Of course there is the sanitary factor. Your brushes touch your face and even applying makeup to a clean face can cause dead skin cells and oils to accumulate on the brush.
This buildup can result in acne and other skin problems and even harbor lots of bacteria- which you definitely do not want on your face! In addition, your brushes will last longer and be more effective if they are properly cleaned and conditioned.
So how do you clean your makeup brushes? It is actually super simple!
You Will Need:
- Dish soap (or your face cleanser works well, especially if you have sensitive skin)
- Olive Oil
- A plate
- Two towels
1.) Take all your dirty tools to the sink. On your plate mix the dish soap and olive oil. This combination will both cleanse your brushes but also condition them so that they are nice and soft.
2.) Next, take the brush you want to clean and dip it into the mixture. On the palm of your hand swirl the brush around so that all the pigments come off. Then rinse it in the sink. Repeat until the water runs clear.
3.) Finally, let the brushes dry on the towel, but (super important note!) make sure the heads of the brushes are angled downward. If water gets into the metal ferrule (the part that holds the bristles to the handle) it will loosen the glue and the hairs will start to come out. Roll up one of the towels to rest the brushes on so that they stay in a downward angle. Repeat with the rest of your brushes until they are as good as new.
So now that you know how to clean your makeup brushes, you are probably wondering how often you should. Well every makeup artist has a different opinion; some say every day, some say once a month. It really depends on how often you apply makeup and how sensitive your skin is to irritation or breakouts. The best thing to do is to find a regular routine that works for you and stick to it. Having clean tools to use for your makeup is important, not only for flawless skin, but for clear skin!