Thursday, April 8, 2010

Important Notice: Wash your makeup brushes!

In my last post I talked about makeup expiration dates and its importance, today its all about our makeup brushes!


Ok ladies fess up, when was the last time you gave your makeup brushes a good wash?
Its very important to keep your makeup brushes clean and sanitary because they can accumulate tons of bacteria too.

Did you know that dirty makeup brushes can cause acne? The oil on our face & the old makeup can get trapped in the bristles of your brushes & cause bacteria to grow, which can cause skin problems such as acne.

I often get asked how often should I clean my brushes?
The answer is if you are using your brushes on other people then they need to be washed right after. If you are an MUA & are working on multiple people then a good cleaning with 99% alcohol in between clients is a good way to keep brush sanitary.

If your brushes are strictly for your face only then a deep clean every 1-2 weeks is fine. If you use a brush cleaner such as MAC's Brush Cleaner in between you can stretch that out to every 2-3 weeks.

Here is how I deep clean my makeup brushes.
Step one: Pour some baby shampoo in the palm of your hand, add a small amount of water.
Step two: Swirl your brushes back and forth into a lather
Step three: Rinse thoroughly until water runs clear
Step four: pat dry & lay flat to dry (never dry brushes vertically)

I use Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo because its very gentle on the brushes. You can choose a mild conditioner after you shampoo if you would like, this will help keep the brushes soft. I don't do this step too often as I find the baby shampoo leaves them soft enough. Of course there are several methods of cleaning brushes out there, this just happens to be what works for me :)



Don't forget your other beauty tools while your at it!
Eyelash curlers & pencil sharpeners can be cleaned using a swab saturated with 99% rubbing alcohol. Clean pencil sharpeners often to prevent bacteria being redistributed onto your lip and eye pencils.

Are you guilty of not washing your brushes as often as you should?
Do you have another method you would like to share?

I hope this serves as a reminder to some of you who think washing your brushes once a year or not at all is ok! Yikes!

Great makeup starts with clean beauty tools so we need to take care of them so that they can take care of us!

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8 comments:

VaidaG on April 8, 2010 at 11:36 AM said...

I wash my brushes often, but i never heard that you can't dry them vertucally... i allways do it like this...Why is that bad? :(

Farah on April 8, 2010 at 11:45 AM said...

because moisture/water can collect in the ferrule and loosen the glue that holds bristles in place.

Laying them flat will help your brushes last a lot longer

Makeup by Kim Porter on April 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM said...

I agree with your post. I did a post & a youtube tutorial on washing.

some people are just lazy or just don't understand how not cleanign your brushes affects everything! It even contaminates your makeup

Great post!

http://makeupbykim-porter.com

Dye-A-Graham on April 8, 2010 at 4:23 PM said...

I wash all of my brushes every Sunday...but I wash my foundation brush nightly...call it OCD but I don't want any germs on my face..I break out easily..oh..and I have found that Neutrogena Oil-free acne wash leaves my brushes clean and not too soft..and as a bonus it gets rid of my acne, too! hahaha

Farah on April 8, 2010 at 4:32 PM said...

Kim - im going to go check out your tutorial on this ;)

Dye-A-Graham- I think because you know you break out often you are more conscience of it and thats really good! Nice trick with the face wash

Jill-O on April 8, 2010 at 7:16 PM said...

Thanks for the tips! I am always telling everyone to wash their brushes.

I find baby shampoo is really harsh, so I like to use an olive oil based shampoo or bar.

Ella Pretty on April 8, 2010 at 10:24 PM said...

Great post! I wash my face and blush brush pretty often - though I admit I am less regular with my eyeshadow brushes...I follow the tips I saw on Michelle Phan's youtube video - wash it with handsoap and olive oil mixed together - gets the brushes SO clean - and then I dry them using a brush guard (yup - I ordered them after watching her video - they really are very useful). The brush guard lets you dry your brushes upside down - so there is no risk of water getting in the ferule, or of smooshing your bristles.

Ella Pretty on April 8, 2010 at 10:25 PM said...

Whoops - meant ferrule...not ferule!

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