Last week we showed you which brushes you need in our guide to makeup brushes, and this week we’re going to show you how to clean them. Proper brush care is very important, since unclean brushes can add bacteria to your face and cause acne and other skin problems. Plus, if your products get contaminated every time you use your brushes, they could expire sooner.
You don’t have to splurge on designer brush cleaning solution to wash your tools. Instead, use a gently shampoo, like Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo (4.79 at drugstore.com). Wet the brush, then gently massage shampoo into the bristles. Rinse the brush until no color or soap suds can be seen in the water. Lay your brushes on a clean towel to dry (don’t squeeze them to dry, as you may damage the shape).
You should wash your makeup brushes weekly, but to keep them cleaner between washes, make sure you are storing them properly. Instead of tossing them into your purse or make up bag, store brushes upright (bristles facing up) in a jar. Keep them separated and looking pretty by filling the jar with vase fillers. Here is an example of proper brush storage:
Vase fillers can be purchased at many craft stores and floral shops, or on Amazon.com. When storing brushes on the go, keep them in a separate case from the rest of your makeup.