The disgusting truth about what dirty makeup brushes are doing to your skin and how to clean them properly.
Be honest! When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? I'm guessing it might have been a while. Trust me, you aren't the only one! If your brushes are currently caked in makeup and you can't remember the original colour of the bristles I think it is probably time to give them a little clean.
Dirty brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, and if you don’t look after your beauty tools, they won’t last as long as they should.
When you use your brushes, bits of makeup, oil, dirt, and even bacteria can get trapped in the bristles. So while it might seem basic, skipping this step can lead to clogged pores and pesky breakouts. Not to mention the fact that quality makeup brushes can be expensive. So learning how to properly clean them is one of the best ways to protect your investment.
Washing your makeup brushes should be a regular part of your beauty routine. I believe it is as important as taking your makeup off every day!
Luckily, cleaning your makeup brushes is quick and easy. The first step to keeping your brushes clean is picking up a daily brush cleaner and spritzing it on your brushes after each use. I choose IPA (isopropyl alcohol) .
Once a week, it’s time for a deep cleaning.
After using the IPA, you can then wash them with baby shampoo and rinse with water until it runs clear, and make sure no residue is left on the hairs.
When the brushes are clean, let’s sanitise them so they are germ free and good as new. Fill up 70% of an empty bottle with 99% IPA and the remaining 30% with distilled water. Dip the handles and the brush hairs in the solution and let it air dry. You can also use this to spot clean brushes whilst you are working.
You may think that increasing the ratio of IPA versus distilled water will make the solution more effective, but let us assure you, it doesn’t. For the IPA to react with the bacteria cells and micro-organisms and be effective in sanitising your brushes, the ratio has be to around 65-70% IPA and 30-35% water.
Hang your brushes upside down overnight so that the moisture can evaporate and you wake up to squeaky clean brushes.
Looking for a shortcut? Well, you may quite like the StylPro Brush Cleaner and Dryer, which takes the hard work out of brush cleaning. Just place your brushes in the appropriate StylPro holder, put it in the glass bowl, make it spin and the centrifugal force will first clean and then dry the brush in seconds. Really great for when you want to use a brush straightaway after cleaning. You can use it with any brush cleaner you want, so perfectly fine for IPA based solutions or even baby shampoo.
And there you have it. Your makeup brushes will be as good as new. It is also worth briefly mentioning that there are specifically formulated brush shampoos available, but trust me, a baby shampoo will do the job just fine, and will be a far cheaper option.
Any questions please just ask.
Welcome to your guide to beautiful skin. I'm a cruelty free hair and makeup artist, skin expert, and advocate for gorgeous glowing skin !