An important step in your skincare routine that’s often skipped is makeup brush maintenance. Cleaning makeup brushes may only cross your mind when you first go to apply makeup and you see your brushes and applicators are caked with product. However, these brushes can harbor bacteria and dead skin cells that can clog your pores and cause your skin to look dull.
Many skin experts recommend that you clean your brushes at least once every two weeks, but once a week is preferable. You don’t need to find an expensive brush cleaner to care for those brushes. All you’ll need is a gentle clarifying shampoo, like baby shampoo.
Here’s how to clean your makeup brushes to help your skin look fresh and glowing:
- Run your brushes under warm water to rinse off any residual makeup.
- Squirt a small amount of the shampoo onto your brushes, and lather the bristles until you start to see the shampoo turn the color of your makeup.
- Rinse the brush under running water, and repeat until you can see the water running completely clear in your sink.
- Lay your brushes out on a washcloth or paper towel.
Keep in mind not to wash the brush too close to where the bristles meet the handle, where adhesive can come loose and ruin your brush. Your brushes will take hours to dry, so it’s ideal to wash brushes right after you apply makeup so you’re ready to go the next day with clean brushes.