It’s no accident that my skin is pretty blemish free. Proper skin care practices and a lot of water contribute to my success. One skin care practice that ensures my skin stays blemish free is making sure my foundation brushes are clean and sanitized on a regular basis.
Dirty makeup brushes are a surefire way to encourage breakouts, irritation and clogged pores. To avoid that you can use disposable foundation brushes or create a routine of washing your brushes often.
Why you should clean your foundation brush.
Bacteria, dead skin, dirt and buildup contribute to bad skin. If you notice skin irritation, white heads or any kind of bumps on your face they could be caused by using dirty makeup brushes. I’m guilty of not cleaning my brushes often enough and know it as soon as I experience a breakout after taking off my makeup. If you’re going to wear makeup do you skin a favor and use clean brushes. You don’t want to put effort into a great skin cleansing routine only to destroy those efforts by using dirty makeup brushes.
How often should you clean your brush?
I’d love to clean my brushes once a week, but I don’t. While I think that would be ideal I just don’t make the time for it. How often you should clean your brushes will depend on two things. The first is where you store your brushes. I keep mine in a cabinet protect from dust. If I kept my brushes in an open area I would definitely consider deep cleaning them once a week. The other thing to factor is how often you apply foundation and how much you apply. I don’t wear foundation everyday and when I do, it’s a very light layer. I often apply it with my finger tips mixed with my moisturizer and skip using my brush. Because of my routine my brush doesn’t get a lot of product buildup as fast as someone who uses heavy layers of foundation and applies it daily.
How often you need to clean your brush will vary on those factors. I recommend cleaning your brush once a week if you’re a heavy foundation user or every month if you’re a light foundation user.
- Makeup Remover (this is what I used)
- Shampoo (this is what I used)
- Anti-Bacterial Spray (mine is a mix of water and alcohol)
- 3×3 Gauze Sponges (you could also use a small cloth)
Wet your brushes under running water in a downward motion.
Apply makeup remover to the bush hairs and rub the brush back and forth on the gauze sponges. You may need to repeat this step 2-3 times depending on how much makeup buildup is in your brush. Thoroughly rinse the brushes squeezing the excess water downeard while smoothing the bristles.
Saturate the bristles with an anti-bacterial solution and then squeeze off any excess liquid. Ley the brushes on a gauze sponge to air dry.