Washing makeup brushes is horrible. It’s boring, it’s dull, and it’s time consuming. It’s the worst part about makeup, but it is so so important to do. I’ve previously done a post all about why washing your makeup off before bed is so important. Today I’m going to be advising why washing your makeup brushes is equally as important. I used to be awful with my brushes, going weeks without washing them. However, after knowing all of this, I’m washing them almost every time I use them.

The potentially most obvious reason to keep your brushes clean is that when left dirty they can become a bacteria breeding ground. When your brushes are warm, and left sitting with product on them the bacteria can spread a lot faster. I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly want to be putting that on my face. Depending on the environment, bacteria can start to spread within hours. This is why face brushes are particularly more important to be washing more frequently. The longer product and bacteria sits in your brushes, the harder it is to get rid of too.

Bacteria building up and being applied on your face can cause you to breakout – it’s one of the most common reasons behind spots and irritation. Your skin needs to work harder to fight the additional microbes being applied to the skin which is what causes the unwanted reaction. The build up can also make brushes feel rough on the skin, therefore scratching the skin causing redness and irritation. It should never scratch or hurt when you’re applying your makeup. So if your brushes feel rough when you’re doing your makeup it’s probably time to wash them.

Not only can it cause your skin to become irritated, but not cleaning your brushes can also have repercussions with your eyes too. Leaving product to sit on your brushes and bacteria breeding can cause you to get eye infections or styes. This is a heightening risk if you share your brushes, or use your brushes on multiple people – even if it’s not a regular occurrence. Pink eye by makeup brush isn’t the best of stories to have. Whenever I do people’s makeup I always ensure that the brush is clean beforehand, and that I clean them afterwards. The last thing I want is to give myself or a client an infection.

On top of all the bacteria that dirty makeup brushes store, they also store a lot of excess oils and dead skin cells. As someone that has oily skin, I do not want to be piling on more oils than is already necessary. By applying these excess oils and skin cells, your makeup won’t sit right on the skin and your face will begin to feel gross after a while. Additional oils to your natural oils will cause your makeup to breakdown on your skin giving it a cakey effect.

When applying makeup, you want it to look good. You don’t want to sit for two hours working on it for it to not look how you want it to. Dirty brushes store old product, and the longer its left there the more it builds up. This can disrupt the new product before it’s even applied, which will then in turn disrupt the application too. I’ve noticed it before how my foundation wouldn’t blend properly, or my eyeshadows become difficult to buff together. Clean brushes ensures you get the best application possible.

Keeping your brushes clean is also vital in ensuring they last as long as possible. It’s the same as anything, if you look after it it will last longer. As I mentioned earlier, the longer old product is left in the brushes, they become rough and brittle. By cleaning them more frequently, they stay softer and smoother for longer. This will then save you money in the long run as your brushes won’t need replacing as often, which is always a nice little bonus.

I would recommend washing your makeup brushes once a week, but if you use them on multiple people then do it more frequently. Ensure you’re paying particular attention to those face brushes where product can sink further into the brush hairs. You wash your face to take off your makeup, so why not wash your brushes as well? Yes, it’s boring, but it’s worth it to avoid all the grossness.

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