My makeup brushes are revolting. How do I clean them, and how often?
First of all, I am sure your makeup brushes are not disgusting.
They probably are.
Because honestly, how could they not be? First, you dip them in foundation, or blush, or bronzer, or whatever new product some Kardashian has told you to buy – which, unless it’s new and pristine and has never ever been opened before, has been privy to some pretty gross bacteria. Then, you apply that brush to your face – the one on your head, where your mouth lives – and pop it back in a drawer, probably in your bathroom, which itself is a moist, sweaty box of mould waiting to happen.
But I digress.
The best way to clean your makeup brushes is to do it regularly. Like, once a week. Left to their own devices, your brushes can develop nasty bacteria that can – at best – give you adult acne and – at worst – give you a funky eye condition so bad I can’t even spell it. And I’ll have you know, I’m a very good speller.
So once a week, grab your brushes and soak them in boiling hot water for a good five minutes. This will kill a lot of the bacteria on the brushes. Then move them to a new container, again, full of boiling water, and a teaspoon or so of either baby shampoo or bicarb soda. Slosh them about for a few minutes as you gaze disgustedly at the colour that fills this new container. Pink? Beige? Brown? Black? Take note, for this is the colour of your makeup brushes’ soul.
After a few minutes, rinse each brush separately under cold running water until no more colour comes out of them. Then, rinse them again with boiling water. (I know. This seems like a lot of effort. But remember – you use these on your face.) After all this is done, pop the brushes in the sun to dry. The sun is an excellent cleaner, effectively whisking away bacteria. (Which is why we always recommend drying your clothes under it.)
Only when the brushes are dry can you move them back to their home in your bathroom. And whatever you do, don’t lay them down in a drawer somewhere. Pop them in a nice vase or canister, brush side up, like you would your toothbrushes. This will help them stay cleaner, too.
Best of luck, my disgusting friend.