How Often Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes

How Often Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Whether it's a full-face or just a few swipes of lipstick, makeup boosts your confidence every day. too much makeup, however, can worsen your skin's health. Using products like liquid makeup foundation gets deep into your pores, and all the product and dirt build-up leads to breakouts.

This does not have to be life. If you maintain proper makeup hygiene. Today, I'll be giving you all the tips to make sure your skin remains healthy.

Tip #1: Replace Expired Makeup Items First

Replace your expired makeup items regularly. If you're not sure about the expiration date, throw it away anyway! If you don't, you'll unknowingly apply bad bacteria to your pores, which could potentially lead to irritation and acne breakouts.

How to Find the Expiration Date on Your Favorite Makeup

Look for a small icon resembling an open jar on your makeup products' labels. Beside this icon, you'll find a number indicating how long you can use the product until it expires.

What If There's No Expiration Date?

The US doesn't require expiration dates on makeup, so you may not always be able to find expiration dates. So, I've made a small checklist on when you should replace your makeup items to help you out:

  • Face products (concealer, foundation, primer, and blush) - two years.

  • Eye shadow - two years.

  • Lipstick - one year.

  • Pencil eyeliner - one year.

  • Liquid eyeliner - three months.

  • Mascara - three months.

You can also monitor your makeup closely. Is the texture no longer the same as before? Does your makeup smell off? It's time to throw all those products out, queens. It's for the better, I promise.

Tip #2: Follow a Consistent Makeup Brush Cleaning Schedule

You could have the newest makeup products, but bacteria growth could be on your makeup sponges and brushes instead. Instead of buying new brushes and sponges, remember to clean them! So, how often should you clean your makeup brushes?

Any makeup artist will tell you that you should clean makeup brushes after each usage. Then, you should deep-clean every week. If you don't, you let dirty makeup brushes sit with product buildup, bacteria, and dead skin cells. Every time you apply makeup, you're introducing germs and clogging your pores.

The Makeup Brush Cleaning Process (For Spot-Cleaning)

  1. Prepare your preferred brush cleanser and brush mat. If you don't have a brush mat, your clean hands should work fine.

  2. Use warm or lukewarm water to wet your dirty brushes.

  3. Add a few drops of your preferred brush cleanser to your palms or to the brush mat.

  4. Clean makeup brushes by rubbing the wet brush hairs onto your palm or on the brush mat. Keep a circular motion for 15 to 20 seconds until all product buildup is gone.

  5. Gently squeeze the brush hairs for a few seconds after you're done. Don't pull! You don't want your brushes frayed.

  6. Air-dry. Don't dry your makeup brushes upside down! Let them lie on their sides on your sink or desk, with the bristles hanging off the edge. Use a paper towel underneath the brushes. Alternatively, you can use mesh covers to make sure the bristles keep their shape.

Do this washing process after each usage. It can be after you've finished your makeup routine and have some time left over, or after the day has ended.

It'll only take a few minutes, but if it seems like a lot, I get it. You can just spray an alcohol-based solution on your makeup brushes after every use. If you're more keen on doing that, you're going to need my deep-cleaning routine.

The Makeup Brush Cleaning Process (For A Deep Clean!)

Ready to commit to properly cleaning your makeup brushes even further? Deep-cleaning those bristles is the way to go:

  1. Prepare a bowl of warm water. Add your preferred cleansers into the water and mix.

  2. Take your face brushes, eyeliner brushes, sponges, and beauty blenders. Put them inside the bowl.

  3. Let the bristles soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Go do something fun while you wait!

  4. Take your brushes out and rinse. If needed, rub the bristles on your brush mat or palm to wash away extra product build-up.

  5. Wash the brushes' handles, too! You don't want bacteria anywhere near your brushes.

  6. Gently squeeze excess water out of the bristles.

  7. As soon as your brushes are squeaky-clean, let them air-dry. Again, dry the bristles either on their sides or with the brush hairs pointing down.

You want to deep-clean makeup brushes at least every month. I recommend going up to every week or every two weeks to reap the best benefits. It's not just me, either - both dermatologists and makeup artists recommend you wash your makeup brushes that regularly. You may not be a makeup artist, but if you do care about your skin, regular cleaning is a general rule to always follow!

Tip #3: Use Gentle Products to Clean Each Makeup Brush

Hold on, you may be asking. What do I clean makeup brushes with?

You can go for any of the following:

  • Makeup brush cleaners

  • Dish soap

  • Baby shampoo

  • Castile soap

  • A mixture of dish soap and olive oil

Castile soap, baby shampoo, and dish soap are all types of gentle soap that will effectively clean your makeup tools. The olive oil and dishwashing soap mixture adds the extra benefit of conditioning your brushes and making sure all remaining product buildup is broken down.

You can also opt for specialized makeup brush cleansers. For example, there's the BeautyBlender Blendercleanser Solid that'll clean makeup brushes and sponges with organic materials. There's also the Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner Kit, which will quickly cleanse and dry bristles after washing.

Play around with different cleaners and see which one works for your makeup sponges and brushes the most!

Tip #4: Switch Out Your Makeup Brushes Regularly

Sometimes, cleaning your makeup brushes isn't enough. With regular makeup application, the quality of your brushes will start to decline. Plus, these brushes absorb a lot of water and bacteria over time. Cleaning is an essential part of makeup hygiene and will make them last longer. However, the time will come that you have to replace makeup brushes - and it'll be for the better.

For any kind of makeup sponge, it's best to replace them every two months. For makeup brushes, it differs. Both natural and synthetic brushes can last anywhere from one to five years. Other brushes may vary in quality and need a replacement a lot sooner.

If the bristles start to fray, or the quality of the brush has greatly worsened, a replacement is in order!

Tip #5: Remember to Remove Your Makeup Properly

I know, I know, it's tempting to leave your makeup on before you sleep. It's also way easier to use one of those makeup wipes and call it a day. Steer clear of those habits! Sleeping with your makeup on will only lead to breakouts. Plus, those makeup wipes are way too harsh on your skin. It practically has the same content as mechanical exfoliants.

Instead, clean leftover makeup, dirt, and dead skin cells by using a gentle facial cleanser. I personally recommend the Oh, It's Natural MiGlo Face Cleansing Brush. It deep cleans your face and removes all dirt and makeup. It boosts your circulation, exfoliates your skin, and encourages collagen production, too!

The Oh, It's Natural Tea Tree + Hemp Facial Foaming Cleanser works miracles with the cleansing brush. All-organic ingredients will leave your skin smooth, moisturized, and nourished. After you rinse, dry your face with a clean towel. As a bonus, you can also gently massage our Argan & Hemp Facial Oil before you turn in for the night.

Our Key Takeaways

Ideally, you should clean your makeup brushes every time you use them. I do get it if you can't follow a schedule just yet! Set aside time to give your brushes a deep, thorough clean every week instead. Or, just clean makeup brushes you don't use as much every week. Eye brushes and concealer brushes can benefit from a daily wash.

It's best to follow a consistent schedule to avoid skin breakouts. This doesn't just apply to to cleaning your makeup brushes, but your makeup removal and general skincare, too! I hope this guide helped you out.

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