Makeup brushes and sponges are hotbeds for bacteria growth. A 2019 study found that of the donated used makeup tools and products, 70-90% had been contaminated with fungus and bacteria, including E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus. While 96% of the sponges tested were teeming with fungus. So, if you're struggling with breakouts then cleaning your brushes regularly should be your first port of call.
How often should I was my brushes?
So, the pros will wash their brushes after every use because they work with different clients, When it's your personal brush collection aim for every 7-10 days.
Do I need special brush cleaning equipment?
You can buy special silicon mitts and brush cleansers, but all you really need is Head & Shoulders, baby shampoo or a gentle anti-bacterial washing up liquid.
Step 1: Take your brush or sponge and wet it.
Step 2: Add a little of your cleanser of choice and start to buff the brush or sponge into the palm of your hand. This will emulsify the cleanser and the makeup should start coming out.
Step 3: Rinse and repeat until you don't see anymore makeup in the brush.
Step 4: Leave the brushes to lie flat on a towel. If you leave them upright in a pen point the water can drain into the joint of the brush and it will weaken and eventually break. Leave them bristles down and the bristles will splay.
It's as simple as that! Not only will your brushes live longer with regular care but your skin will thank you for it too.
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