Brushes are the imperative tool to perfecting our makeup – achieving precise shading, flawless foundation and properly blended eyeshadow, we use brushes everyday to achieve that makeup look we want. However, dirty makeup brushes are detrimental to the skin – brush bristles are made of porous material and product residue will cause bacteria and oils to easily build up. When used on the face, it will no doubt be a cause for acne breakouts.
How often do we need to clean our brushes to keep the dirt at bay? Experts recommend at least a weekly wash for brushes, especially those used for foundations and concealers.
My brush set consists of eyeshadow, blending, shading, blush, highlighter and powder brushes and I make it a point to cleanse them at least once a week. How to wash the brushes, you ask? Here are the steps I take to keep my brushes squeaky clean:
- Prep a tray padded with kitchen towel
- Pick up a brush and rinse it with tap water
- Squeeze a coin sized amount (adjust relative to size of brush head) of brush cleansing gel on a cleaning palette like the brushworks Brush Cleaner Palette
- Twirl the brush head in circular motions till it is adequately foamed
- Rinse it under running water while continuing to twirl it in circular motions, on the palette, till the soap throughly rinsed off
- Shake the brush to rid access water and place it propped on the tray, at an angle
When I feel like my brushes need an added cleanse within the course of the week, especially when I’ve used glittery or heavily coloured makeup products, I like to lightly cleanse the brushes with a spray and wipe it off with anti-bacterial wet wipes.