Ask yourself, when was the last time you washed your makeup brushes? It’s funny to hear how strongly some women feel about how important it is to remove their makeup daily, but then they don’t wash their brushes. Think about that.
At least every other week I clean my most-used brushes with shampoo. Usually that includes a foundation, powder, eyeshadow base, eyeshadow crease and an eyeliner brush. Not that bad! Washing regularly will de-gunk your brushes, condition the bristles, remove dead skin cells, and eliminate bacteria.
- Rinse the brush head in lukewarm water. Avoid getting the ferrule wet.
- Place a drop of baby shampoo or brush shampoo into the palm of your hand, and swirl the brush into it.
- Rinse again.
- Repeat until the water runs clean.
- Lay to dry on a towel at a downward slant so the water will drip from the brush heads.
Between washes I’ll spray my brushes with a brush cleaner spray and wipe them down. I do this in addition to shampooing because I use my brushes in a variety of products (serious product ADD) and a variety of shades, and it’s an easy way to remove buildup. ELF makes a very affordable anti-bacterial brush spray, but I prefer Sephora’s Daily Brush Cleaner because it smells lovely.
If you take care of your brushes, they will last much longer. I’ve had my Sigma brushes for at least four years, and they’re still in fantastic shape.