Spring Cleaning II - Brushes

As part of your spring makeup cleaning, don’t forget those makeup brushes. Many of us spring for those expensive brushes for smooth application of shadows, powders, and bronzer. But how many of us clean those brushes regularly?

It’s best to clean those makeup brushes and sponges once a month. The brushes used around your eyes? Those should be cleaned twice a month. Brush hairs and sponges hold on to oils and bacteria due to their porous nature. This means the build-up can cause breakouts as well as uneven makeup application.

While there are specific gentle cleaners for brushes, you don’t necessarily have to go that route. Once you run your brushes under lukewarm water to rinse out the makeup, put them in a bowl of lukewarm water with a teaspoon of shampoo (we recommend using baby shampoo). Swirl the tip of your brush in the water and then gently swirl it in your palm to make sure the soap gets to every single hair. Rinse the brush under running lukewarm water until it’s clean. Then wipe your brushes with a clean cloth before laying them flat on a cloth to dry.