As I stood at my sink this morning washing my personal makeup brushes, it gave me the idea to blog about something I haven’t written about before: how often should you wash your makeup brushes?
When it comes to my professional kit makeup brushes that I use on clients, I do two things. First, between each client, I sanitize the brushes I use on someone with professional makeup cleaner that completely sanitizes everything. It dries instantly and allows me to be ready to go for the next client. Then, once I get home from doing a bridal party, I deep clean my brushes in the sink.
Today, I’m talking about my own makeup brushes – specifically how I wash them and how often. I typically perform surgery on my brushes over the kitchen sink, but you could also do it over the bathroom sink as well. I wash my personal brushes once a week – kind of like washing my bed sheets. I find that washing them once a week works well for me, and that’s what I recommend you do as well. This will help keep not only your brushes clean, but your skin, too!
Wanna know what you need? Not much! Dish soap, your hands, and a hand towel. Here’s all there is to it:
- Turn the sink on and set the water to a warm temperature.
- Take a makeup brush, hold it upside down (head of the brush facing the bottom of the sink) and wet it underneath the faucet.
- Pour a drop of dish soap into one of your hands (I’m right-handed, so I hold the brush in my right and pour the drop of dish soap into my left).
- Take the brush and swirl it around the palm of your hand that has the dish soap in it. This will create a lather and you will see the soap/lather change color (this is whatever makeup was on your brush – foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, eyeshadow, etc.).
- Keep washing/swirling/rinsing until there is no more color/product left on the brush.
- Gently squeeze the water and soap out of the brush head with your hand.
- Set the brush on a towel near the sink to dry.
- Wait approximately 24 hours until your brushes are completely dry, then they’ll be ready to use again!
That’s it – simple! How often do you clean your brushes?