Beauty 101 – wash your face and remove your makeup before going to sleep. It’s the holy grail of skincare and the “secret” to many a celebrity’s flawless face. It’s so much a part of my routine and no matter how tired I am after a night out, I can’t get into bed unless I’ve washed my face (I also hate the thought of getting makeup all over my white pillowcases but that’s a different story 😉 ) But when last did you clean the tools you use to apply all the makeup you so keenly wash off? I had honestly never given much thought about cleaning my makeup brushes until I got my Real Techniques brushes and saw their brush cleansing palette (you can read how I clean my brushes here) and then I was a more than a little alarmed at the state of my brushes.
As a general rule, you should be giving your makeup brushes a shampoo at least once a week but more often if you are using liquid products. The combination of oil form your skin, makeup pigments and dead skin cells (gross), your makeup brushes very quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria. Clean brushes not only mean a smoother, more flawless finish, but you’ll also be doing your skin a favour too. Here are a five reasons break out the shampoo:
- Breakouts: Clogged pores are a result of a build up of oil and dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Every time your make up brush comes into contact with your skin, it picks up a new layer of build up – which then lands in your favourite foundation and back on your skin. If you are using the same dirty, bacteria-filled makeup brush, you skin will be more susceptible to breakouts and blemishes. So if you are noticing an increase in your breakouts, it might be time to get cleaning!
- Damaged Brushes: Good quality makeup brushes are an investment but if you look after them properly, they will last you many years. But a build up of makeup can cause the fibers to break down and bristles to weaken making the hairs are more prone to clumping together or losing their shape. Use a gentle baby shampoo or brush cleanser (I use Real Technique Brush Cleansing Gel) to clean your brushes
- Uneven Makeup Application: Dirty makeup brushes affect the quality of their performance. Trying to apply blusher with two months worth of pigments on the bristles isn’t going to give you the perfect shimmer finish you looking for. And your foundation is going to be less flawless and more flaky with clumps of product caked on your brush. If you struggling to get an even, smooth finish, give your brushes a bath.
- Keep the Wrinkles Under Wraps: If your skin is stressed and constantly fighting against bacteria, it will start to show and you may find a few unwanted wrinkles making an early appearance. Collegen and elastin in the skin breakdown a lot quicker when your skin is working too hard causing it to lose its plump, youthful appearance. If you want to keep those wrinkles at bay, give your skin a break and get cleaning!
- Reduce Skin Irritation: Build-up and residue left on your brushes can cause the soft, silky bristles to become hard and lose their form. Applying your make up with abrasive brushes will irritate your skin and cause inflammation and redness – which will make you want to apply more makeup. Clean your brushes regularly to keep the bristles soft and your skin smooth.
If like me, you’re a little late to the party and you can’t remember the colour of your brushes, it’s definitely time to get cleaning! Your skin will thank you and so will your brushes. I’m trying to get into the habit of cleaning my brushes on a regular basis. If I give them a wash in the evening, they dry overnight and are fresh and ready to use the next morning – and it takes less than 5 minutes to do! Do you clean your make up brushes on a regular basis?