Avoiding breakouts: how you should wash your makeup tools

Avoiding breakouts: how to wash your makeup tools

It goes without saying that for a person who practices and enjoys applying makeup, brushes are indispensable. Cleaning them is also essential for our face. Read on to find out more.

Cleaning the tools we use for makeup is essential to maintain and ensure the health and beauty of our faces. Good cleaning avoids unwanted outbreaks or infections on the face, which may occur due to the accumulated bacteria in our brushes when we don't disinfect them frequently.

Avoiding breakouts: how you should wash your makeup tools

How often should brushes be cleaned?

Most dermatologists will tell you to soak your tools, especially foundation and concealer brushes, at least once a week to prevent product buildup. Because these brushes are used on your face, the cleaner they are the better says legendary makeup artist Bobbi Brown. She's a little more lenient with eye shadow and liner brushes, however.

Brushes that are used around the eyes should be cleaned at least twice a month," she says.

Frequent cleansings don't just help keep your skin healthy. According to Ashleigh Ciucci, makeup artist,  soaping up your makeup brushes regularly can extend the life of the bristles and make for better product application.

Brush hairs and sponges are porous, so they hold onto oils, debris, and bacteria," she says. "If your brushes are dirty, your application will be spotty and blending will be difficult."

How to clean makeup brushes with soap and water?

The first and most classic system is to use soap and water. Yes, something as simple as that. We simply have to use a soap that is as neutral as possible, special for brushes, or any other, and warm water.

If by chance, you are one of those who use natural fiber brushes, it is advisable to use a mild cleanser. Clean them as if they were your hair (yes, there are professionals who directly recommend using a shampoo), since they are much more delicate (and expensive), they will always need extra care.

It is also true that, if it is synthetic hair brushes, we can even use dishwasher soaps that remove much faster and more effectively. But in any case, do it smoothly.

Clean your makeup brushes as if they were your hair.

The technique to use is effortless since we simply wet them, apply the soap, and we make circles in the hand, for example. If we had a cleaning glove, the work is much easier, since they have grooves that help us to eliminate the accumulated product more easily. However, if we have nothing, with the hand we can achieve the same effects (although it takes a little longer).

You can also fill a container with warm water, add the soap, and clean the brushes inside, always with circular movements. It is a good way to do it, but you will always have to rinse with clean water, once you have removed all the dirt.

Finally, you should only remove excess moisture gently, and let them dry naturally. The best way for them to dry is to lay them down but without the bristles touching anything, that is, on the edge of a table. 

How to tell if its time to throw your brushes away

Although frequent cleansing can help extend the life of your brushes, there are signs you shouldn't ignore when it comes to determining that they're no longer capable of doing the best job possible.

It's time to toss your makeup brush when the bristles start to fray, shed, or lose their shape," says Brown.

I can't emphasize enough that the right tools are as important in getting the look you want as the actual makeup itself. If your brushes become too pinched or squashed, then they simply will not be up to the job."

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Tina Reese

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