I have more than my fair share of makeup brushes. It’s hard not to when you’ve been writing about beauty products for years. Unfortunately for me, the thing they do best Â is sit there and look pretty in theÂ vintage crystal glass in my bathroom because while I like the idea ofÂ themÂ I’m a bit uneasy about actually usingÂ them.
Since I’ve been wearing makeup, I’ve been happy enough withÂ the results I get from using my fingers, but different application techniques give different results and it would be nice to step my makeup game every now and then. That’s why I turned to Jo Levy,Â Director of Artistry for Rouge Bunny RougeÂ for a crash course in perfecting my technique.
Nothing beats having great tools at your disposal. Brushes make it easy toÂ apply your makeup and get flawless results, but if you’reÂ not cleaning themÂ regularly you can wind up withÂ a lot more than you bargained for.
Jeanine Downie, M.D., board certified dermatologist and director of Image Dermatology P.C. in Montclair, NJ,Â recommends “cleaning your brushes at least once every two weeksâ€”more often if you have oily skinâ€”to prevent dirt and bacteria getting on your face, which can block pores and may causeÂ acne breakouts.” She also says “bacteria around the eyes can lead to stys and eyelash shedding.” Not the look you were going for!
TO CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES PROPERLY
- Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and some babyÂ shampoo.
- Gently swirl your makeup brush(es) in the bowl, avoiding the part of the brush where the handle meets the head.
- Rinse the brush tip under running water. Repeat steps 2 and 3Â until the water runs clear.
- Gently squeeze out the excess water with a clean towel and reshape the brush head.
- To prevent mildew and misshapen bristles, air-dry by letting the brushÂ hang off the edge of a counter.
ANTI-MICROBIAL BRUSHÂ PICKS
Whether you prefer natural or synthetic brushes keep in mind thatÂ cutting-edge antimicrobial technology can minimize the growth of harmful bacteria and keep brushes fresher for longer, plus they're appropriate for even the most sensitive skin. You'll still want to wash them just as often to keep them hygienicÂ but think of it as a little added insurance against acne and less lush lashes.
VMV Hypoallergenics Skintelligent Beauty Brushes ($15-$32 per brush)
Sephora Collection Deluxe Antibacterial Brush Set ($60 for 7 piece set)
Clinique The Brush Collection ($17 - $35 per brush)