We all want to look our best, that much is a given. Why else would we plunk down hard-earned money for bronzer that never looks as good on us once we get it home as it did in the store? But here’s the thing, the brushes we use to apply our magical miracle goop are a breeding ground for germs and filth. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that they can also cause some of the very things we try to cover up. Using dirty makeup brushes can lead to some serious pimples and blackheads, and worst of all, mystery breakouts. As an added bonus, a dirty brush equates to terrible color payoff. You simply can’t get a good blended look with a filthy brush.
Okay, so now that we’ve established why it’s important to keep our makeup brushes clean, let’s get to the how part.
What you’ll need:
Steps to Clean Your Makeup Brush:
1. Run your brushes under lukewarm water and rinse out all of the residual makeup. Focus on the bristles and avoid the section of the brush where the handle meets the head. (This will loosen up the glue over time and leave your brush looking as sparse as a 14-year-old boy’s attempt at a moustache.)
2. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a squirt of baby shampoo.
3. Swirl your brush tip in the water. If your brushes are extra gunky, swirl the brush round in the palm of your hand to work up a lather.
4. Rinse the tip under running water again. Repeat the previous steps until the water runs clear from the brush.
5. Use Bounty paper towels to wipe your brush clean, and reshape the bristles as you go. (Bounty is more absorbent than other paper towel brands, so it helps to move the process along a little faster.)
6. Lay your brushes flat on another sheet of Bounty so they dry.
That’s all there is to it. Now you know how to clean makeup brushes, and yours should be clean as a whistle. (Actually, most whistles are riddled with germs, saliva and all sorts of gross bacteria, so maybe a whistle isn’t such a great example.)