We know, we know, cleaning your makeup brushes is the smallest priority on your lengthy to-do list, but just hear us out. Dirty brushes can actually affect your appearance and health. One of the main causes of breakouts is due to makeup brushes that are chock full of bacteria. Now that we have your attention, here’s everything you need to know about using filthy brushes to apply makeup.
Your makeup brushes are constantly collecting oil, dust, and dead skin, which can quickly spark acne on your face. Many people change their makeup products thinking that certain brands or ingredients are causing breakouts, but simply cleaning your brushes could change everything. An even more terrifying fact is that every time you dip your bacteria-filled brushes in your makeup, you’re spreading all of those germs to your expensive makeup products, adding twice the dirt to your face. Bathrooms are wet environments where bacteria can more easily spread from one place to another. We suggest buying disposable mascara brushes too. Every time you take out your mascara wand you are inviting bacteria in.
Acquiring a precise color or line around your eye is nearly impossible with a dirty eyeshadow brush. If you are going for a subtle bronze eyeshadow and your brush has the remains of a smoky grey, you will end up with a dull, dusty color. For the best results, always apply eye makeup with clean, dry brushes.
Frustrated with dry skin? Check your brushes. Accumulating dust causes your brushes to become rough and brittle, drying out your face. Regularly cleaning your brushes will help them stay soft and flexible.
Brace yourself for this one. Did you know that every time you flush the toilet you are spreading your excretory germs six feet or more? On top of maintaining clean brushes, you should keep your brushes in a drawer, or at least far away from your toilet.
Herpes and pinkeye lurk in wet environments, like mascara and lip gloss bottles. Keep these brushes away from others, even your best friends. Be extra careful with surfaces, sinks, and shelves if you live in a college dorm.
Keep in mind that makeup brushes sometimes cost more than the beauty products themselves. They will not last long if you do not take care of them, and you will end up spending more money if you always buy new ones. Make cleaning your brushes a habit, and you’ll end up with a cleaner, healthier face and your makeup will go on like it’s supposed to.
Kate Wilke is a 200-RYT yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She teaches and works with clients in Nashville, TN. She believes in self-care in the form of colorful, healthy cooking, daily walks with her dog, and a glass of red wine. Follow her on Instagram — @meditatekate