How Often Should You Wash Makeup Brushes

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How often should you wash makeup brushes? More than you think, even if you do not wear blush, foundation or eye shadow everyday.

There are different opinions but here are 3 facts about makeup brushes.

    • Dirty makeup brushes do not hold makeup well or drops it out of the brush when you start to apply the makeup.


    • Makeup brushes collect tiny old flecks of your skin as well as the oil on the surface of your skin as you slide them across your face.


  • Dirty makeup brushes can ruin new makeup and cause you to think that a particular brand of makeup does not work for your skin.

Makeup brushes are commonly made of animal hair or made of a synthetic material that attempts to mimic the texture of animal hair.

Many women today are also making their own makeup brushes out of their own hair. Real or synthetic hair from hair extensions can also be used to make your own makeup brushes as well.

The type of bristles your makeup brush has is up to you and what works for you at the end of the day. All makeup brushes however, get dirty and need to be cleaned or simply thrown out.

If you apply makeup using brushes once a day, it’s a good idea to clean your makeup brushes twice a week fatefully.

If you apply makeup all throughout the day, you should wash your brushes four times a week. It would also be wise to purchase multiple makeup brushes so that you are not using the same brush all of the time.

Makeup brush lifespan

Avoid Breakouts

How often should you wash your makeup brushes to avoid breakouts, skin irritation and viral bacteria like pink eye?

Clean, dry skin is the most important thing to consider before you even think about what color of shadow or blush you want to wear today.

Wakeup 10 minutes earlier than you would normally. Thoroughly wash your face and allow it to dry before you apply any makeup to it.

Wash your face even if you showered before bed. While you were sleeping, sweat and oils were building up on your face. This same oil and sweat is all over your pillow case as well.

Acne, one bump can turn into 100 bumps. If you have acne or even a single pimple, you should take special care when applying makeup with brushes.

Do not open, bust or squeeze any bumps before you put on your makeup. The secretions or juice from pimples will get absorbed into your makeup brush and potentially cause further breakouts.

The makeup brushes that you use for eye shadow can absorb bacteria and viruses including pink eye.

Clean makeup brush with soap

Makeup Brush No No’s

If you work in a humid environment or sometimes work up a sweat throughout the day while wearing makeup, limit the amount of times that you apply new makeup.

Layering more makeup on top of the small salt particles on your skin that are produced when you sweat can cause skin irritation and breakouts. Hot or sweaty skin can also dirty your brush quickly and cause your makeup to clump on your brush.

Cosmetic parties, slumber parties, sharing your makeup brush with a friend or having your friend put your makeup on with their makeup brushes is also something you should never do.

Not every woman takes care of her skin in the same manner. Therefore, you should not share makeup brushes under any circumstances. Bring your own makeup brushes.

You should also bring your own makeup as well. Sharing makeup is very tempting especially when a friend has a color shade that you do not. The same germs that are within her makeup brush are on the surface of her makeup.

Cleaning a Makeup Brush

    • Soak your makeup brushes in olive oil for two hours. This allows the oil enough time to penetrate through the thick bristles on the brushes.


    • Lay out an old, folded cleaning towel on the counter or on your bathroom vanity.


    • Remove and clean one makeup brush at a time. Hold the brush over the towel.


    • Rub the bristles of the makeup brush between two fingers; you should see old makeup begin to drip out of the brush onto the towel.


    • Turn on the water in your sink and set the temperature so that the water feels warm but more on the cooler side of warm.


    • Pour 3 drips of an EPA certified antibacterial dishwashing soap onto the bristles of your makeup brush. This type of dish soap kills bacteria as well as removes oil residue.


    • Rub the bristles of the makeup brush between your fingers until you see sudsy bubbles start to appear.


    • Hold the makeup brush under the running water to rinse it while rubbing the bristles with your fingers to assure that all of the soap is rinsed out of the brush.


    • Rub the bristles of the makeup brush on a clean, lint free cloth to soak up any water left in the bristles. Lay your makeup brushes down on the same cloth and allow them to thoroughly dry for few hours before using them.


Here are some reviews of the top Makeup Brushes. I realize that finding a makeup brush that works for you can take some trial and error which makes you not want to replace the ones that you have.

Makeup however is supposed to accent your natural beauty. It or the brushes that you use to apply your makeup should not be causing problems with your skin.

Additionally, applying makeup with your fingers for those of us that do, is just as bad as using 3 dirty makeup brushes.

Share this information on how often you should wash your makeup brushes with a friend. I am sure that your friend will thank you.

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