We went over the importance of washing your brushes about six months ago, but I have this sneaking suspicion that you have all done it MAYBE once since then. Am I right? Well, then you’re gross. Sorry, facts are facts- you’re spreading so.many.germs onto your skin every day that you don’t wash those brushes. Convicting, right? I thought so.
As a reminder, Manhattan dermatologist Julie Karen, M.D., confirms our worst nightmares: “Makeup brushes can accumulate bacteria, dust, and dirt, all of which permit the growth of further bacteria, which can aggravate underlying skin conditions like acne,” she says. Gels and creams left on bristles can contaminate your makeup the next time you use it. “Especially with concealers and eyeliners—anything where there is moisture involved—you’re providing a sticky, wet environment,” she says. “You’re inviting the bacteria.”
Gross. Just as a reminder, here is how to clean your brushes tonight. Just follow these simple steps to cleaner, healthier, prettier skin (and longer lasting makeup brushes!) —
1. Grab a small, shallow bowl and fill it with an organic shampoo OR a brush cleaning shampoo, like I used above.
2.take one brush at a time and swirl it gently around the bottom of the bowl, releasing all the dirty makeup. After you’re done, let the brushes rest in the bowl for 10 seconds before rinsing them out one by one in cold water.
3. Reshape your brushes and lay them at an angle (pointed downwards) so that no water dries into the base of the brush.
easy. simple. NECESSARY.
Here are some great makeup brush cleansers that I highly recommend: