How often should you clean makeup brushes? Ideally, once a week.
Skipping washes can lead to caked on makeup and oil on your brushes. Dirty brushes allow bacteria to grow and contribute to break outs. yuck!
When I purchased my first set of brushes about 10 years ago, I also purchased the fancy brush shampoo that came with my brushes. I tried to use it, but it left my brushes wet for a good 36 to 48 hours. This is not convenient at all.
Who can actually wet wash brushes once a week and wait from them to dry? I can’t just not use them for a day, so I did some asking around and a beauty expert helped me find a quick way to wash and dry them.
I buy isopropyl alcohol (or rubbing alcohol) from any pharmacy in the wound care section (think around the Neosporin and peroxide). It’s usually under $3 for a big bottle. You can also use it to shine up your gel manicure and fix your shattered compact powder/ eye shadow. I’ll demonstrate that the next time I have a catastrophe.
When you’re through cleaning your brushes with the alcohol, lay them out flat on a towel. No need to rinse them in water, this will only make them dry more slowly. Also, it’s important to let the alcohol dry from the surface of the brush, so it has a chance to kill any bacteria. Don’t place them upright in a brush holder, because this will cause the fluid to pool at the base of the brush and will add to the drying time. My brushes dry in under 24 hours.
They are always good to go the next day and I can tell a difference in the way my makeup applies after a fresh washing.
How often do you actually clean your brushes?
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