There are two types of women in the world: those of us who put on a ¨face¨ every morning, and those of us who only wear makeup for special occasions. No matter which category you fit into, there’s one thing you should be doing at least every 2 weeks, and that is cleaning your makeup brushes. We know, every 14 days sounds like a lot. But it’s actually pretty unsanitary to let makeup build up in your brushes. Not to mention, it will lead to bacteria growing, which can cause skin irritation, acne and infections among other things.
So now that you’re (hopefully) convinced on why you should be cleaning your makeup brushes, here is a quick and easy way to do it:
1. Gather up a clarifying shampoo, a white paper towel, a regular towel and get near your sink.
2. Run your brushes under lukewarm water to release the loose makeup, dirt and debris. Focus on the ends and avoid where the bristles meet the handle. Too much soap and water in that area could loosen the adhesive that’s holding your bristles together, and you don’t want that.
3. Grab your shampoo and work it into the bristles.
4. Lather, rinse and repeat if necessary until the water runs clear.
5. Run your brushes back and forth across the paper towel. If you still see residue, repeat step 3.
6. Once the brushes are clean, lay them on a downward angle on a towel and leave to dry overnight (or about 6-8 hours).