Why you should toss your dirty make up brushes
22 May 2015
It's really important to keep your beauty tools clean and replace them regularly. Using makeup brushes on your skin is a way to introduce dirt and bacteria that can clog pores and cause breakouts, as well as other unpleasant effects such as eye infections.
Make sure you regularly wash your brush collection and replace any brushes that you can't thoroughly clean, that shed regularly or are misshapen. Dirty old brushes spread bacteria to your skin and you won't get such good makeup results with misshapen tools. Good quality, natural hair brushes should last for a long time if cared for properly.
How to wash brushes
Makeup brushes should be washed regularly, ideally every time you use them. That's especially important for brushes that you use around the eye area, as this area is particularly prone to infections. A dab of normal hair shampoo and some warm water is perfectly fine for washing makeup brushes. Make sure that they are then allowed to dry out thoroughly before you use them again. A gentle blast with a hairdryer on a cool setting will soon get them dry if you need to reuse them quickly.
It's not a good idea to store brushes in the wet environment of a bathroom as this encourages bacteria growth. Instead, leave them in a dry, well-ventilated place so they are dry most of the time.
When to replace brushes
It's important to replace brushes if you can't thoroughly clean them anymore. That's usually because the dirt and old makeup gunk gets encrusted at the base of the bristles. At that point it's time to replace your old brush with a new one.
If you have those sponge-type makeup applicator brushes, these may become stained over time and it's hard to get them clean in the same way as bristle brushes. These need to be replaced more often.