Your brushes are the backbone of your beauty kit. After all, you have brushes to thank for flawless foundation application.
So let’s talk about keeping these sacred tools clean. Think of brush cleaning as an essential part of your beauty routine. Buildup of dirt and oils on your makeup brushes can cause acne breakouts and possibly rashes called dermatitis.
You should be cleaning your brushes weekly
Remember the gross residual makeup, dirt, and oil we just talked about? That disappears after a good brush cleaning. If you’re a makeup artist or just someone who wears a significant amount of makeup regularly, you should clean your brushes after each use.
For face brushes like foundation, concealer, or powder, you should be cleaning them once a week,.
But you should be washing your brushes monthly
So there’s CLEANING your brushes and there’s WASHING your brushes. The cleaning should be done weekly, as mentioned above, and washing should be done once a month with a gentle soap.
Dishwashing soap is your friend
The most potent cleanser for your brushes is one that you might have around anyway: dishwashing liquid. It literally removes everything and anything! In a makeup cleaner emergency, fill a small cup with warm water and add a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Swish it around and voila!
Look for signs it’s time to replace your brushes
As soon as you notice your brushes aren’t getting as squeaky clean as they once were, it might be time to replace them. As a general rule, every three months.