This post is for all you makeup hoarders. Admittedly, I once was one of those, who experienced with recurrent difficulty, to let go of certain products and makeup tools, and this consequently led to poor brush maintenance. Did you know that cleaning and washing your brushes is just as critical as cleaning your face?
In the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual, makeup artist Bobbi Brown recommends that every-day makeup users should wash their brushes at least ‘every month or two’, but this depends on the type of brush. Brushes used to apply liquid concealer and foundation should be cleaned at least once a week. If not, your brushes become a filthy breeding zone for bacteria growth; over time they accumulate all kinds of things: oil and dust and dirt. And the worst part? You end up putting all that unwanted matter onto your face because you’re too lazy to soap-wash a few teeny brushes.
So if that’s not enough to change your ways, here are three more reasons why brush cleanliness should be in your daily priority list.
Have an acne problem that you can’t solve? It could just be your brushes. When you choose not to clean your brushes, you’re not only allowing liquids and creams to layer up in and around the brushes, but you’re saying hello again to bacteria growth. By continuing to use an unwashed brush, you’re actually allowing these bacteria to come in contact with your skin. Not ideal.
TIP Acne can also be triggered and made worse by applying makeup products that are way beyond their expiration dates – it’s time to let them go if:
Foundation = 2 years
Concealer = 2 years
Powder = 2 years
Mascara = 6 months
Lipstick = 12 to 18 months
Lip and eye pencils = 12 to 18 months
Eye shadow = 2 years
Good-quality brushes can be extremely pricey and all the more reason to look after them. All it takes is 15 minutes of your week to clean your brushes; you’ll not only prolong their shape and texture but you’ll also save a couple of rands from not having to replace them.
We understand she’s your bestie but sharing eye brushes is an absolute no-no. Share clothes, heels, heck, even you social-media passwords, but never share your eye brushes (and this includes your mascara wand!). It is one of the easiest ways to spread infections like pink eye.
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