How to Get Rid of What Lurks in Your Makeup Brushes


We use makeup products to enhance our natural beauty, but things can get ugly really quickly if we don’t take the proper steps to care for our beauty-enhancing tools. Cleaning your cosmetic tools will ensure their softness and strength. As quality brushes can be a bit pricey, it will be an investment to properly maintain them. It is important to routinely clean our makeup tools, not only to care for our skin, but for the longevity of the tools themselves.

Brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria coming from our own skin and dust from the air to accumulate. This dirt can then be transferred back into our skin and lead to clogged pores and subsequent breakouts. What’s more, the bacteria on those brushes get transferred onto the cosmetics that we use them with, so it affects the cleanliness and longevity of our makeup products too.

Clean your brushes once a week, twice a week at the most. Overall, doing this every week will make for a quicker cleaning process time as there won’t be too much of an accumulation of colors, oils, and dirt on the brushes. Routine brush care also adds to the impact of your makeup look. If you use the same brush for different colors without cleaning it in between uses (and after multiple uses), the intended shade will not show up on your skin as true to its color because of the combination of colors. It will impact the blending and contouring of your intended makeup look.

To clean your brushes, start off by running the bristles under warm water to loosen the dirt. Add a dab of the shampoo onto the bristles itself and gently massage the bristles into the palm of your hand using circular or back-and-forth motions. If the bristles are really dirty, continue this process until your bristles run clear of the accumulated cosmetic powders. Rinse and remove excess water with a clean cloth. Let your brushes dry flat as drying them vertically jane-iredale0bugsdamages the attachment point of the bristles to the wand and you will lose bristles that way. While you are at it, it would be a good idea to clean the handles of your brushes as well using any appropriate disinfectant, such as rubbing alcohol. Clean your brushes at night, let them dry overnight and they will be ready to use by the morning.

Want an easier more efficient solution to cleaning your brushes? At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we offer the Jane Iredale line of cosmetics, makeup brushes, and accessories. The Botanical Brush Cleaner is available for purchase along with a long list of brushes. This quick drying cleanser is good for use with all cosmetic brushes including those with natural hair. Not only will it clean the brush with a quick spray but it will also provide a deep condition to keep those brushes lasting longer.

A healthy body and proper hygiene are essentials to both inner and outer beauty. Your skin will thank you for its proper care and showcase such natural beauty when you routinely clean and care for your makeup tools. Do you have more questions about your skincare? Contact us today.