To some of us, our makeup is inseparable piece of our life we cannot do without. We so glue to it no wonder, in this era we scarcely identify and single out ladies with no makeup.
Why is our nude natural beautiful faces hidden behind foundation, concealers, primers, cakes just to mention a few, that’s gonna be a discussion for another day?
I don’t criticize makeup, but there are some precautions we need to take when applying those artificial beauty in chemical forms.
Nevertheless, makeup complements our beauty but bears this in mind that too much of everything isn’t good.
Your skin needs to be properly taken care of, most especially for those who wear makeup frequently, you need a good skin regimen to keep your skin protected and healthy always.
Unwashed makeup brushes provide a place bacteria like to hang out, and they can clog your pores and dull your skin. This brings us to why it important to clean and care for makeup materials and the use of good facial wipes.
You have your daily makeup routine, but do you have a regular brush cleaning routine? When you let makeup pile up on your brushes, it can lead to serious hygiene issues, and it can also affect the quality of your makeup application.
Here are some of the most important reasons why you should be cleaning your makeup brushes, sponges, foams, on a regular basis.
1. Your brushes accumulate bacteria
When you don’t wash your brushes, they become a breeding ground for breakout. Brushes naturally accumulate bacteria and dirt from the environment around them. To nip this bacteria growth in the bud, you need to be washing your brushes on a very regular basis. Just lukewarm water with shampoo or soap will suffice. Make sure after washing they are properly dry before use.
2. A dirty brush is much more likely to irritate your skin.
When you don’t wash your brushes, they become caked with makeup. When this happens, your brush no longer has the soft, flexible quality that it had when you first purchased it. The caked-up makeup makes your brushes feel much more harsh on the skin, and it also makes it much more difficult for you to apply your makeup effectively.
When you’re continually rubbing dirty brushes against your face to apply your makeup, you are much more likely to experience uncomfortable redness and irritation.
3. Harmful ingredients can cling to dirty brushes.
Although many makeup brands have been making strides towards producing cleaner products, there are still so many products that contain harmful ingredients. If you don’t wash your brushes, these harmful ingredients can stick to them, and then they’ll be present every time you put on your makeup.
4. Dirty brushes/ sponges make makeup look messy
Blending is one of the most important steps in achieving a beautiful makeup look, but it’s very hard to blend properly either with brushes or sponges when you using uncleaned brushes. Even the best makeup can become streaky and patchy when applied with a dirty brush. Clean bristles will assure a smoother application.
When you have makeup built up on your brushes/ sponges, you won’t pick up the true color of the product you’re using, and therefore will end up with a shade that’s a blend of all the buildup already on your brushes.
Your makeup also won’t apply as smoothly as desired, and you may end up with a streaky look you aren’t particularly happy with. Clean brushes will make it much easier to achieve the flawless looks you’ve seen in tutorial youtube videos.
5. Dirty brushes can result in skin reactions
Sometimes skin reactions can develop on your skin due to prolonged built up from bacteria and fungi hidden in brushes and sponges. In addition to the potential skincare problems already described here, dirty makeup brushes can actually affect your internal health as well. Dirty brushes actually make you much more likely to catch a viral infection, particularly if you are sharing them with others (another major makeup no-no).
6. Dirty brushes can contaminate your makeup.
How many times have you heard a celebrity or model tell an interviewer that the secret to their gorgeous skin is to ‘always wash off makeup before bed”? In fact, it is so drilled in our minds that we make it a point to wash and cleanse our faces before bedtime.
However, when it comes to cleaning our makeup brushes, we postpone it to the next day, and the next until one day a thick film of cakey makeup glues the brush bristles together! Gross! Dirty brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria, which can result in untimely and unwanted breakouts, which is why you need to give your sacred tools a nice wash.
When your brush has been sitting out uncleaned for a long period of time, it collects bacteria and dirt. Then when you go to dip that brush into your favorite blush or eyeshadow, for example, that bacteria get into the makeup product. Once the bacteria is in the makeup product, it is likely to grow at a very fast rate, because the dark, moist environment of makeup storage places is somewhere where bacteria can grow very easily. This not only is very dangerous for your skin if you continue to use that product, but it also means that the product is going to break down much more quickly.
It’s also important to note that you should always throw your skincare and makeup products away after a certain period of time, as they have a very limited lifespan. Powder products like blush and eyeshadow can last as long as two years, while liquid products like lipstick and cleanser last for less than a year.
Mascara and liquid eyeliner are typically only good for three months. Knowing when to get rid of these products should play into your overall strategy for keeping your makeup clean and healthy.
7. To Avoid Germs
Dirty makeup brushes not only ruin your skin but also your expensive makeup products. When you apply makeup with a brush and then swirl it back in a particular makeup product, you transfer the bacteria from your face to the product; and bacteria love the damp texture of your makeup products especially foundations, concealers, bronzer, blushes, etc. If you don’t want to taint your brand new makeup products, start cleaning your makeup brushes more often.
8. Cleaning brushes makes them last longer.
Your brushes are an investment. Once a week is ideal, and once a month is the very least you should give them some sprucing up.
So it’s important to take care of them to make the most of the money you spent. When you clean your brushes, it ensures that they will maintain their quality and won’t be bent or damaged by makeup buildup. It may be helpful to purchase a brush cleaning solution at the same time you purchase your brushes if you struggle to remember to clean your brushes. When a brush cleaning solution is part of your financial investment, you will be much more likely to use it.
Luckily, it’s not difficult to keep brushes clean using simple, natural ingredients that you may already have at home.
For deep cleansing:
A simple mix of water and a few drops of unscented castile soap is an easy way to shampoo your brushes. For brushes with a lot of residual products, add a few drops of olive oil to help dissolve any stubborn grime.
Let brushes dry flat. You should never leave your brushes soaking in water or let a lot of water settle at the base of the bristles. It will damage the glue and cause your brush to shed.
For daily disinfecting:
In addition to shampooing your brushes, you can also use a disinfecting mist for an extra boost of cleanliness in between uses.
In a glass spray bottle, combine 4 ounces of witch hazel extract with 12 drops of grapefruit essential oil. Spray directly onto your brush, and then wipe clean using a clean cloth or paper towel.