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Why Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes Is So Important

Why Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes Is So Important

Failure to clean your brushes can result in acne, uneven application, irritated skin, and even infections. Learn why cleaning your makeup brushes is so important.


Just as washing your face is an important part of your beauty routine, so should be cleaning your makeup brushes. If you are regularly applying a product to your skin using makeup brushes, you need to be cleaning them at least once a week. Failure to clean your brushes can result in acne, uneven application, irritated skin, and even infections.

Dirty brushes can result in breakouts and acne problems.

Yep, that’s right. The acne problems you’re experiencing could be a direct result of the dirty makeup brushes you keep using. Think about it: Your brushes pick up oil, dead skin cells, sweat, and all the other dirt on your face. And don’t forget about all the surfaces your brushes touches, such as your bathroom counter and the inside of your makeup bag. Continuing to use your makeup brushes with all this grim caked on will inevitably lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts.

Cleaning your brushes removes old makeup for a smoother finish.

If your makeup brushes are covered in buildup from countless uses of applying the product to your skin, they are ineffective at applying your product smoothly. You can just forget about a naturally blended contour. Not to mention, your skin complexion changes throughout the year with changing seasons—a brush that hasn’t been cleaned collects these pigments over time and distorts the appearance of the cleaning makeup brushestone you’re trying to apply. If you are struggling to achieve a smooth finish, dried clumps of makeup on the brush will cause your makeup to appear muddy and streaky.

Brushes will become damaged over time and irritate your skin.

Ever notice how your hairbrush becomes clumped up with loose hair and fuzz? Well, the same thing happens to your makeup brushes. Over time, makeup collects on the brush, causing the bristles to break and become brittle and dry. That soft feeling of your brush against your face when you first used your brush starts to fade after a while, but it doesn’t have to! Regular upkeep will not only keep your bristles soft but protect your face from irritation due to dry and damaged fibers. If you’re using a dirty brush, it’s probably working against its intended purpose: to cover up redness and apply a smooth finish.

A clean brush is a sanitary brush.

Just like everything else in your bathroom, your makeup tools are covered in bacteria. Not only are you rubbing these germs all over your face, but you’re also transferring them back into your makeup products. Gross! As we’ve stated before, this can cause acne problems. But more importantly… dirty brushes are a breeding ground for E. Coli and Staphylococcus, sickening (and sometimes deadly) diseases! Another thing: If you are sharing makeup tools with your friends, just stop. Sharing makeup tools commonly causes pink eye. You don’t know where that stuff has been.

Makeup tools can be expensive, cleaning your brushes saves you money.

If you’re like me and Sophora is basically your second home, then you know what it’s like a drop a couple of hundred dollars on high-quality makeup brushes. However, that doesn’t mean I’m running back to the store every couple of months for a new set. Taking good care of your brushes makes them last much longer. If I haven’t convinced you how important it is to clean your brushes by now, maybe saving a little extra money will.

For professional makeup brushes and more makeup tips, read more of my helpful blogs.

Take care of yourselves, ladies!



Thank you to Audrey!

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