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Why You Should Deep Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Hey beauties! Today's blog is a really important one. I want to discuss the topic of why you need to deep clean your makeup brushes. Now first of all, I want to say this before I mention anything else: you need to be washing your makeup brushes regularly. Warm water and soap will help maintain clean makeup brushes! I recommend washing your makeup brushes once a week, in order to keep them clean and bacteria-free!

makeup brushes
squeaky clean brushes!

So first of all, let me discuss the importance of keeping your brushes clean.

You want to make sure that you keep your makeup brushes clean for a few important reasons.

1. Acne Prevention

Yup, I'm starting with the big one this time, beauts. The cleaner your makeup brushes stay, the clearer your skin stays! This is a direct effect because once makeup product builds up on makeup brushes, it hardens. Once the product hardens, it becomes this thicky, gooey, mass of yuckiness that will eventually fill your pores.

So my beautiful followers, if you don't want to fill your pores with nastiness, make sure to clean those brushes!

Creative Contour By Carla Showing the results of not washing your makeup brushes: acne.
You deff don't want breakouts because of dirty brushes!

Oh, and while we are on the topic of makeup residue, that's the second reason!

2. Makeup Residue

Beauties, like I mentioned before: if you leave makeup product on your brushes, the result is hardened, thick, gooey, yucky nastiness. Yup, the products will harden as they are exposed to air. And depending on the type of makeup brushes you have, they may become absorbed by the hairs. This normally happens with natural hair makeup brushes.

Trust me, you do not want that much product build up on your brushes. Once it dries and hardens, it becomes very difficult to remove all of the build up. Then, you'll really have to give those makeup brushes a strong deep clean!

Makeup brushes

3. Preventing Bacteria Transmission

Just like yours truly does when you sit in my makeup chair, you also need to make sure to prevent bacteria transmission to your own face! So this explanation is a little bit complex, so I will try my best to keep it simple.

So basically, we all carry bacteria in our bodies. When you dip your clean makeup brush into a makeup palette, you are dipping clean item into clean item. This transaction does not have bacteria transmission. However, once you apply the product onto your skin, your brush interacts with your own bacteria. Then when you go to dip back into the product, you are transmitting bacteria from your face into the product. This is why you don't see me double dip into any products and apply to your face. I scoop out the product and dip into it on a sanitized palette.

So what you need to do is to deep clean your brushes to prevent bacteria transmission! Of course, you'll be double dipping into your own personal makeup, but you can prevent most bacteria transfer, by deep cleaning your makeup brushes!

Creative Contour By Carla applying lipstick
Here I am using a disposable lip wand on Robin.

4. Maintaining the Quality of Your Makeup Brushes

I know this probably isn't one of the things you thought about, but it's actually really important! Not only does it extend the longevity of your makeup brushes, but it helps keep them in the same quality as you purchased longer!

Especially when it comes to cleaning them. Giving your makeup brushes a deep cleaning will help maintain the beautiful quality of your makeup brushes. They will feel like you just bought them for many years.

So how often should you deep clean your makeup brushes?

I recommend once a month.

This way, you are already in the habit of washing your makeup brushes weekly, and one of those weeks will be a deep clean!

Here's a great video below on how I deep clean my makeup brushes:

So great, right?! I hope you find this really helpful!

And of course, if you need help navigating how to deep clean your makeup brushes, book your makeup class today!

Lots of love and lipstick,




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