If you don't know this by now, allow me to shout it from the rooftops: You need to be washing your makeup brushes regularly. Dirty brushes are Petri dishes of bacteria, dirt, and oil, which can cause everything from breakouts to infections — and not just on your skin. "Especially with flu season and concerns about [viruses], the last thing you want to do is let your brushes stay dirty," Andrew Sotomayor, an Emmy-winning celebrity makeup artist, tells Bustle. So it's imperative that you know how to clean your makeup brushes properly — and which products to use to get the job done.
As for how often to wash your makeup brushes? Unless you're a professional makeup artist, the consensus seems to be about once every seven to 10 days, a frequency even the American Academy of Dermatology endorses. There are some things to consider when purchasing brushes, too. "Keep in mind that animal hairs dry out from over use and over cleansing, just like human hairs do," Sotomayor says. "Shop for high-quality synthetic bristles made from soft nylon or taklon. Not only will the brushes stay soft, no matter how many times you wash them, these longer lasting fibers are a better investment and they're cruelty-free."
When it comes down to the actual process of cleaning your makeup brushes, there are a few different avenues you can take. Scroll on to find out how, plus, some of the best products to buy that make cleaning your brushes so much easier.
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