Brushes should be cleaned two to four times per month. Synthetic brushes should be washed more often than natural hair brushes.
The five most important reasons to clean your makeup brushes:
Clean brushes provide the flawless finish of professional makeup artists. Build up on the brush drags across the skin and leaves a rough, streaky finish. Residual makeup on brush also can change the shade of the makeup.
Brushes are often thrown into drawers or pouches where the environment allows bacteria and dirt to grow and thrive.
Unclean brushes collect bacteria and dirt. If contaminated brushes are dipped into your makeup, it can easily take residence and be transferred to your skin with every use.
When brushes accumulate excess makeup, dust, and bacteria, it can cause irritation of skin, clog pores, cause breakouts, or exacerbate existing acne or rosacea.
A good brush is an investment. Keep brushes clean to maintain their quality, remove loose hairs, and maintain the softness that provides a smooth application. Natural hair brushes should be washed because, like your own hair, they are more likely to absorb oils. With synthetic brushes, those oils just sit on the surface which means you must wash them more frequently.
How to Clean Makeup Brushes
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