You spring clean your home, and get rid of unseasonal clothes in your closet—so don’t forget to keep a clean beauty routine.
In addition to trapping colors and powders, brushes hold onto oil and bacteria that you don’t want on your face. Most makeup artists suggest washing your brushes once a week—not just to protect your skin, but also to prolong the life of the brush. When buying high quality sets like our favorites from glo professionals, or the new Sephora for Pantone Tangerine Tango brush collection, you want to make them last and continue to give you the shading and contouring that a high-end brush provides.
Sabrina Bedrani, Heidi Klum’s beauty expert, uses new, clean brushes on her clients, but even for personal use, she suggests cleaning them everyday. “I find that a gentle dishwashing liquid (Clorox Green Works) is best to bathe my brushes. This is especially true for liquid makeup or foundation brushes, since dishwashing liquid is designed to get all of the grease out. If you are in a rush, spray-on cleaner like Brush Off is excellent for quick cleansing. Just spray the hairs of the brush and gently wipe either side, back and forth onto a towel for a quick wash,” she says.
Models are always conscious of their skin because of constant makeup applications by different makeup artists. So when they are in their own home, they are certain to keep things as clean as possible. Linda Vojtova told us how she brushes up her beauty routine. “I wash all my makeup brushes with baby shampoo. It keeps them clean and the brushes last longer.”
But after the washing is complete remember that drying is just as important! “Brushes should be towel-dried and reshaped into their original form before being set out to air dry in an area where damp brushes won’t collect any airborne debris,” Sabrina says. “You can cheat a little by using a hair dryer if you’re in a rush, so long as you maintain the brushes’ original shapes.