I applied my foundation the other day and noticed that the pink beauty blender I owned was now a sandy-orange color. Time for a wash, I thought. But I quickly realized that I wasn’t 100% sure about best practices for cleaning my makeup brushes and sponges. With a little research, I decided to share what I found.
According to dermatologists and makeup artists, washing our tools on a weekly basis — at least — in order to prevent bacteria buildup, which can ultimately led to unwanted breakouts, is simply necessary. Let’s go over some simple steps to keep your brushes and your face clean:
8 Easy Steps
Follow these eight steps for cleaner, good-as-new brushes and blenders.
- Wet the tips of your brushes with lukewarm water. You don’t want to get the handle or base of the brushes wet since that could cause some of the glue to lose its hold.
- Rinse out as much of the surface-level make up as you can.
- Place a drop of makeup brush cleanser or anti-bacterial soap* into the palm of your hand.
- Gently swirl the tips of the bristles in your palm to work up a lather.
- Rinse the bristles. Repeat steps 3 & 4 until your brush runs clean in the water.
- Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.
- Reshape the brush head.
- 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 because the bristles can become mildewed.
*If you have really sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to use a soap that you know your skin won’t react to.