How to Clean Your Makeup Brush Like a Pro
When was the last time you washed your makeup brushes? Unfortunately, this often neglected task is vital not just to the integrity of your brushes but also your skin and general health.
"I can't stress enough how important it is to clean your makeup brushes," says Jillian Dempsey, a celebrity and editorial makeup artist who's worked with Emilia Clarke, Kristen Stewart, and Julia Roberts, among others. "They accumulate bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells, which will clog your pores and also cause breakouts. Not to mention, leaving your brushes in bad form means they're unable to perform as well as they would if cleaned and fresh."
Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, an associate clinical professor at the department of dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center, agrees. In addition to poor brush performance and acne breakouts, Tanzi says you're also putting yourself at risk for gnarly infections. "Bacteria, including staph and E. coli, along with viruses like the cold sore virus, can live on bristles for a long time," she says. Read on for the best ways to keep your makeup brushes clean.