5 Reasons Why You Should Clean Your Makeup Brushes

5 Reasons Why You Should Clean Your Makeup Brushes

How many times have you heard a celebrity or model tell an interviewer that the secret to their gorgeous skin is to ‘always wash off makeup before bed”? In fact, it is so drilled in our minds that we make it a point to wash and cleanse our faces before bedtime. However, when it comes to cleaning our makeup brushes, we postpone it to the next day, and the next until one day a thick film of cakey makeup glues the brush bristles together! Gross! Dirty brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria, which can result in untimely and unwanted breakouts, which is why, you need to give your sacred tools a nice wash.

5 Reasons To Convince You To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Most experts are of the opinion that makeup brushes should be washed at least once a week to prevent the accumulation of bacteria, dust, and oil on them. However, there are many other reasons why you should be washing your makeup brushes regularly, if not daily.

1. To Prevent Breakouts

You must be familiar with clogged pores; the pores on your face clog when there is a build up of oil and dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Whenever your makeup brush comes in contact with your skin, it picks up everything from your face – oil, dust, dead skin cells, and bacteria; and the next time you use the same dirty brush on your face, you make way for new breakouts and blemishes on your beautiful face. If you don’t want this to happen, it’s time you consider cleaning your makeup brushes.

2. To Reduce Skin Irritation

Not cleaning makeup brushes on a regular basis can stiffen their bristles, which can be abrasive on your skin, resulting in skin irritation and redness. Therefore, to keep your skin soft and supple, make it a point to clean your brushes regularly. Cleaning brushes every day will keep their bristles soft and you’ll be safe from getting itchy skin.

3. To Avoid Germs

Dirty makeup brushes not only ruin your skin but also your expensive makeup products. When you apply makeup with a brush and then swirl it back in a particular makeup product, you transfer the bacteria from your face to the product; and bacteria love the damp texture of your makeup products especially foundations, concealers, bronzer, blushes, etc. If you don’t want to taint your brand new makeup products, start cleaning your makeup brushes more often.

4. To Prevent Viral Infections

If you have never considered washing your brushes, perhaps this reason will convince you to clean them thoroughly and OFTEN! Dirty brushes can lead to viral infections. If you use damaged makeup brushes or share them with someone, you actually share and receive microbes. Sharing your eye makeup brushes and lip brushes also increase the chances of conjunctivitis and herpes respectively. So, don’t take this task of cleaning brushes lightly. Clean them now!

5. To Make Your Makeup Brushes Last Long

We know it well that spending money on good-quality makeup products is an investment, so you don’t regret it. But if you are spending a bomb on makeup products every year, shouldn’t you give them the care they deserve? Makeup brushes are one of the priciest tools in your makeup arsenal, right? If you don’t want your money going down the drain, wash your brushes regularly. The more often you clean them, the longer they will last.

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Now that you know why cleaning your makeup brushes is essential, it’s only wise to know how to clean them. So, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean makeup brushes and make them as good as new.

  • To start with the cleaning process, first wet the bristles of the brushes with lukewarm water.
  • Next, squeeze a dollop of a mild shampoo in a bowl or mug filled with warm water.
  • Swirl the used brushes in water, and gently massage the tips of the bristles to remove the dirt accumulated on it.
  • Rinse the bristles with clean water, then squeeze out the excess water from them.
  • Let the brush dry on the counter in a way that the bristles hang on the edge of the counter so that the excess water drips.
  • Once they dry completely, keep them safe in your makeup brush kit.

A woman cleaning her makeup brush


1. How Often Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

Ideally, you should clean your makeup brushes after every use, but we know that it’s not possible every time, especially when you’re rushing to a party. So, try and clean them once a week to give them a longer shelf life. Also, if you use concealers and foundations daily, wash them once a week without fail.

2. What Products Should You Use To Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

You don’t need anything expensive to clean your makeup brushes. Water and a gentle shampoo will do the job. However, if you like, you can buy a silicone brush cleaner to massage the bristles of the brushes or massage them with your hands – the choice is entirely yours!

We hope the reasons mentioned above will convince you to clean your makeup brushes at least once a week, if not daily. You can also follow the step-by-step guide to make your brushes squeaky clean.

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Aarohi Achwal holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a master’s degree in English Literature. While working as an intern for an English daily, she realised that she likes writing above anything else. The idea of being heard without having to speak appeals to her. She likes to write research-based articles that are informative and relevant. She has written articles on pregnancy, parenting, and relationships. And she would like to continue creating content on health and lifestyle.