Can you remember the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? If you're like many women, you can matter-of-factly say that you've never, ever cleaned your makeup brushes. Perhaps you just replace them with new ones when they get too grungy and gross. In reality, you should be cleaning your brushes at least every few weeks; doing so keeps dirt, dead skin, and bacteria away from your face and leads to better makeup application. Plus, cleaning your brushes is easier than you might think.
DO Use a Mild Cleanser
You can buy makeup brush cleaners specifically designed for clearing our old foundation and eyeshadow, but if you want to save some money, a gentle soap or even baby shampoo will work just as well. Start by getting the bristles slightly wet with warm water before massaging a small amount of the cleaner into the bristles.
DON'T Get the Handles Wet
As you clean your brushes, be sure to avoid getting the handles wet. This is especially important if you have brushes with wooden handles. If these get wet, they could eventually rot, and you will have wasted an otherwise perfectly good set of brushes. Even if your brushes aren't made of wood, getting water on the handles and other parts of the brush (aside from the bristles) can cause the brush to prematurely lose bristles.
DO Give Yourself Time
Be sure to wash your makeup brushes at a time when you don't have to apply any makeup for at least half a day, as the brushes will need to dry completely before you can use them again. Generally, it's best to wash your brushes at night so that they're dry and ready to use again by the morning. Set your brushes horizontally on a paper towel or drying rack to speed up the drying process.
DON'T Mishandle Bristles
When washing your makeup brushes, be careful with how you handle the bristles. They can be very delicate, so using too much force when washing them can cause them to fall out or become misshapen. As a result, you may not be able to apply your makeup properly once the brush has dried or you may need to replace it altogether.
As you can see, washing your makeup brushes is important, but is also a rather simple process. By keeping these tips in mind, you can have your brushes clean and ready to use in no time.