A lot of people are unaware of the cleaning rules when it comes to makeup brushes. The only time we usually clean our makeup brushes is when it tends to change color or leave unwanted marks on your face. We’re betting that if this is how you handle cleaning your makeup brushes, it has been awhile since you’ve seen what it actually looks. There are a lot of warnings about the importance of how much we have to clean our brushes regularly. However, a lot of us ignore it. This is mostly due to lack of time and the fact that we use our makeup brushes every day. But while you leave off another day to not clean your brushes, you are adding more dust, excess oil, dirt and bacteria in your brush. Brushes that you directly put on your clean face. If that is not enough to scare you to wash your brush right now. Here are a few more negative effects of not cleaning your makeup brushes.

This Can Lead to Breakouts

This first reason should be enough to convince you on the importance of regularly cleaning your brush. No matter your brand of makeup or how much anti-acne, you put on your face. Applying your foundation with a dirty brush will cause breakouts. Not only will you be packing on foundation filled with dirt, you are also clogging your pores with the sebum on the brush. This will cause acne, blackhead and skin irritation if done regularly. Even dipping your dirty brushes in your products can taint them and cause them to expire a lot faster. It’s a good habit to never touch the nozzle directly with your brush, avoid dipping wet brushes on makeup products or allowing wet or creamy products dry on the brush.

No Blending Power

We need our makeup brushes to apply makeup as accurately as possible. However, using a brush that contained the same color you used the day or even a week before won’t give you the perfect blend. It would most likely look like a complete mess. Unless you use a makeup brush for one color alone, then you can repeat using it. If you dip it in 2 or more colors every day. Consider buying quick spray makeup brush cleaners. This can disinfect your brush, remove the color and is easy to dry. Perfect for your on the go gal.

Dirty Makeup

Have you ever noticed how much of a difference using clean makeup brushes have when you’re applying your makeup? The brush can accumulate dirt that can darken the appearance of makeup or make it look muddy. The longer the brush isn’t cleaned the dirtier or messier the makeup appears. You can simply avoid this by using disposable sponges for your foundation or interchanging your makeup brushes weekly. Though, this can be expensive and would require you to have two sets of makeup brushes.

Cause Pink Eye or Rip Out Eyelashes

Makeup brushes that are specifically used in the eyes or eyelids should be cleaned regularly the most. This makeup brushes are the ones that can cause eye infection such as pink eye. This is incredibly important after you have gotten the infection too. Disinfect them as much as possible. If you don’t, you are more likely to acquire the infection again. Not only should you clean your brushes, but also your makeup tools such as tweezers and eyelash curlers. Left over mascaras can become incredibly tacky over time. Adding pressure from the curler, there is a huge possibility that you might just rip your eyelashes off. Simply wiping them with a disinfecting wipes can save you a lot of trouble.

Herpes

Herpes have a tendency to dwell in moist environments such as your used lip gloss brushes, foundation sponges and cream eyeshadow brush. If you ever decide to share you make up or brush with anybody, make sure that you clean it afterwards. They may not have any visible diseases or infection, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t carrying it. It is better to be safe than to be sorry.

How often should you clean your brush? It’s ideal to clean it at least once a week. Especially makeup brushes that are used in wet or moist makeup. If you tend to use a lot of makeup and have only a few brushes. You can clean it twice a week. When the brush starts to stick together, it’s time to cleanse them. Buy some extra once to use between cleansing. 

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