While they do say that ignorance is bliss, we feel it's important to tell you that your makeup brushes are not self-cleaning. As tempting as it is to keep using the same brushes day after day and hoping for the best, you're likely spreading germs around your face with each use. Every application tool you use is filled with bacteria, with some even hosting fungus and yeast. To avoid the resulting breakouts, experts recommend thoroughly washing your brushes and sponges. But how often and how? We have all the answers you need.
Like most things in life, there seems to be no consensus on the washing frequency. Dermatologist Dr. Ciraldo recommends "at least every 2 weeks or more if you start to see that there is any makeup visible on the brush." Bobbi Brown is even stricter, instructing they be rinsed once a week, especially those used on the face itself. Makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci emphasized that keeping your brushes clean works to keep your skin healthy but also helps to extend the life of the brush, keeping the bristles in good condition and ensuring smoother, more even product application.
Now you're on board; all you need is water and soap. Requiring two of the most accessible ingredients, there really is no excuse to avoid the task. For those looking to go the extra mile, specialized brush cleaners are available to buy - but your usual face wash will get the job done just as well. If it's good enough for your face, it's good enough for your brushes! If all else fails, any gentle dish soap or shampoo can also clean the brushes effectively!
Get your tap running at a lukewarm temperature and run the tips of the brush under it. Be careful not to let the handle touch the water as that could dissolve the glue keeping the bristles in place. Next, squeeze a drop of soap into a bowl of lukewarm water and swirl around each brush tip. Rinse the brush through and repeat the previous two steps until the water runs clear. Use a towel to squeeze out as much water as possible and leave it to dry, hanging off the counter's edge. This will ensure no mildew is formed and the brush shape remains. In a matter of hours, they will be good as new!