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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes to Avoid Stuffing Bacteria on Your Face

If you have a good skincare routine and follow it always but still find blemishes and pimples on your face, the problem may not be from your products. It may be from your makeup tools. And it’s either you don’t know how to clean your makeup brushes or you don’t even clean them at all.

Be truthful to yourself, when last did you wash your makeup brushes? Yesterday? Last week? Last month? Or you can’t remember?

 If you’re like most women, then there’s a high chance you only clean your makeup brush less than once a month or you don’t even clean them at all.

How am I so sure?

Anisa International carried out a survey in 2015, and that was their result. According to the survey, 39% of women who use makeup brushes clean them less than once a month while 22% admitted to not even cleaning them at all.

Even though it’s been six years since that research was carried out, we can both agree that there’s still a high percentage of women who hardly clean their makeup brushes.

But why should you bother cleaning your makeup brush? You answered right: for hygiene’s sake.

Let’s admit that a dirty makeup brush is an invite to harmful bacteria. And when you keep using them without cleaning them, these bacteria cause blemishes and breakouts on your face.

Would you like that to be your lot?

I guess not.

Apart from that, cleaning your makeup tools regularly also extends their lifespan. And when you apply your makeup products with clean brushes, there’ll be no smears or unnecessary spots. Everything will blend in to enhance your beauty.

Now, let’s dive in to see how to clean your makeup brushes easily. But first…

What are Makeup Brushes?

makeup brushes of various size

These are tools with bristles used for applying makeup. They include your foundation brush, concealer brush, powder brush, blush brush, eyeshadow brush, and every other brush you use when wearing makeup. 

When you use a brush to apply your makeup products on your face, the products build up in them and contaminate your tools. And even when you don’t use them, dust and grime can still get in.

So, instead of reusing these brushes with grime, learn how to clean your makeup brushes. You can’t have healthy skin when you keep using a makeup brush you haven’t washed in a while. Even if you already follow a skincare routine, you’ll have nothing to show for it as a result of using unclean makeup tools.  

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes the Right Way

cleaning make up the bristles of a makeup brush

Do you desire a face void of spots and blemishes? Do you desire hygienic makeup tools? If yes, use any of these steps to ensure your makeup brushes are clean and contain no bacteria.

1. Wash with Soap

You can use an antibacterial soap to wash your makeup tools. This will help to get rid of grease and buildup in the brush. 

To do this, wet your brush bristles with lukewarm water and when it’s damp, apply your soap. Then gently massage the brush until it forms lather.

2. Continue to Massage the Bristles

This time around, make it deliberate. Gently rub the bristles to ensure the products in them drip out.

You can also choose to soak the brushes in water for a while if the dirt is proving stubborn.

3. Rinse the Brush

Once you’ve rubbed the bristles and you’re sure the grime is gone, rinse it.

You can hold it either under running water and let the pressure get rid of other dirt that may still be hiding. If there’s no running water, simply swirl the brush in a bowl of clean water to achieve the same results.

If you still notice buildup in your brush, repeat the first two steps until it’s sparkling clean.

4. Sun-Dry or Air-Dry

After washing, it’s time to dry the brushes so you can use them again. If you skip this step, your makeup brush will smell bad and harbor more bacteria and fungi.

So, get rid of excess moisture from the brushes by either squeezing them with a towel or wiping them on air for water to splash out. Be gentle while at it lest you should pull off the bristles. 

And when you’re done, put the brushes in the sun to dry with the bristles hanging off the top of a container.

How Often Should You Clean Your Makeup Brush?

washing makeup brushes in the sink

Dermatologists advise that you clean the brushes you use around your face at least once a week to prevent cases of buildup. But if they are brushes you use around your eyes, you can clean them twice a month.

Now that you know how to clean your makeup brushes, rest assured that you’ll have a flawless face beat. And to further ensure that, check out these eye makeup mistakes you probably have been making.


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Victoria B. Willie

Writing has always been a part of me. From writing stories as a young child to studying Communication Arts in the university, it has always been more than a medium of expression to me.

And then one day, I found myself toeing the path of an entrepreneur and becoming a fashion enthusiast. This made me develop an interest in content marketing and copywriting which I've been chasing alongside my fashion career.

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