Why Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes Is Important

When you ask someone of their makeup routine, it always includes washing their face before bedtime. Like cleaning your face, it is also important to clean your makeup brushes, especially if you use them frequently. Washing your brushes is vital to skin health, as unwashed brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria and result in clogged pores. 

Dermatologists advise that you should wash your makeup brushes at least every 7-10 days. There are also several other reasons why you cleaning your brushes is important. Here are some reasons why you should prioritize keeping your brushes clean: 

  1. Prevent Breakouts - When you apply makeup, the makeup brush comes in direct contact with your skin. It picks up everything - whether it's bacteria, dust, oil, and even dead skin. These can clog your pores, irritate your skin and can eventually lead to acne breakouts. 
  2. Reduces skin irritation - Not cleaning your makeup brush can stiffen their bristles. The once soft and flexible brushes you first purchased will become rigid and can result in skin irritation and redness on the skin. Also, not washing the brushes will cake your makeup. Caked-up makeup feels harsher and heavier on the skin, resulting from residue left on the brushes. When the brushes are clean, you’ll be able to enjoy the easy application and a softer feeling when using them.
  3. Avoid Germs - Dirty brushes do not only contaminate your skin, it also can ruin expensive makeup products. Any bacteria on your brushes transfers when you swirl the brush back from your face to the product. Brushes used for cream products and beauty blenders are important to be washed on a regular basis since germs and bacteria thrive in moist places.
  4. Prevent viral infections - Dirty makeup brushes can lead to viral infections. Using damaged makeup brushes or sharing them with someone else can increase the chance of getting sick. Like how the dentist advises replacing your toothbrush, cleaning makeup brush should also be done regularly to avoid getting sick.
  5. Make your makeup brushes last long - Like spending money on good-quality makeup, makeup brushes are also an investment. Cleaning them regularly ensures that they will maintain their quality and won’t be damaged due to makeup build-up.  
  6. Keep colors clear - The dirty brush that has been applied to other makeup can make the color appear differently when applied to new makeup. This can make a blotchy, cakey, and discolored appearance on your face rather than a flawless, smooth finished.

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

  1. First, wet the bristles of the brush with lukewarm water. Using boiling water can damage the bristles and can cause shedding.
  2. Next, place a dollop of cleanser or mild soap into the palm of your hand.
  3. Gently massage the bristles in your palm.
  4. Thoroughly, rinse the bristles with clean water.
  5. Squeeze out excess water with a clean towel.
  6. Re-form the brush back to its original shape so it will dry correctly.
  7. Air-dry your brushes.

Another way to clean your makeup brush is by using an Electric makeup brush tool: Electric Makeup Brush Cleaning Tool - It can perfectly clean and dry your makeup brush in just a minute.

How to Store Makeup Brushes

1. Use Brush Holders - There are multiple brush holders that will keep your brushes upright. These open brush holders will make sure that there is no moist buildup since they can be dried properly while being stored.

Golden Storage Rack

Acrylic Makeup Brush Holder
Petite Makeup Brush Holder

2. Use a Brush Organizer -  Another option to store your brushes is by using makeup organizers. These organizers have different compartments for different kinds of  brushes

Cosmetic Brush Arbor

Makeup Brush Holder

Ventilated Brush Holder


3. Have a separate brush case for traveling - A brush case will ensure that your makeup brush won’t get out of shape when traveling. It places brushes upright and prevents bristles from breaking. 

Travel Makeup Brush Case


We hope that the information and tips above will convince you to clean your brushes at least once a week. Cleaning brushes might seem like a chore, but by doing so you might notice that you will get less breakouts, clogged pores, and a smoother finish with your makeup application. Cleaning makeup brushes are part of a healthy skincare routine and we hope that we’ve convinced you it’s worth the time investment. 

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