Food for thought...when you put your makeup brush to your face, what is on it, what are you putting on your face? Dry skin? Bacteria? Dead skin cells? Dirt and oil? Oh and of course...makeup. It may not be something you think about often, but trust me...it's all there. The good, the bad, and the ugly. How can something that makes you look so beautiful, wreak so much havoc?! Well, there’s just one simple answer honestly...it's DIRTY! Yeah, that ugly word many don’t like to use, but it’s necessary to convey the importance of cleaning your brushes. Often. You should really clean your makeup brushes when you first buy them, every 7-10 days, and anytime you use it on someone's face besides your own; which we honestly don’t recommend you do at all.
What is the proper way to clean your brushes?
I recommend dry cleaning brushes before utilizing your cleanser.
- Simply tap excess powder onto a paper towel and swirl your brush in light circles, starting small and gradually getting larger. Do this until there is barely any residue coming off onto the paper towel.
- Rinse the tips of your brushes under lukewarm running water, massaging the the brush hairs as you rinse. Be sure not to get the entire brush wet as it can weaken the glue that holds the brush head to the handle.
- Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a tablespoon of a mild cleanser such as a gentle shampoo or facial cleanser such as the Black Honey Skin Balancing Cleanser.
- Swirl each brush tip in the bowl and massage with your hand.
- Rinse the brush tips under running water.
- Repeat this process until the water running from the brush is clear.
- Squeeze out excess water and moisture with a clean, dry paper towel.
- Lay your brushes FLAT to dry on a towel with the tips hanging off the edge of the counter. NEVER dry your brushes upright in a container is as will cause the water to run down the brushes, loosening the glue that holds its together.
That’s it! That’s not too bad, right? Cleansing your brushes are another great way to prevent the spread of acne and breakouts. You should also complete this process after you experience a breakout. Preventative care for your skin is important to maintain a nice, clear skin. The best part is it doesn’t cost you anything, just a few minutes of your time! I promise, you nor your skin will regret the few minutes it takes to complete this process. Next time you beat your face, you’ll know what’s on your brush….just MAKEUP.