“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile, I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” I love this Marilyn Monroe quote because makeup does not change who I am as a person. However, due to my profession, I wear it at least five days a week. For some of us, part of the world in which we live, is painted by the beautiful colors of the latest Anastasia Beverly Hills pallet, the loose powder that gives that flawless finish, or the concealer that makes the dark circles disappear. But have you ever stopped to think, “How much bacteria could be lurking between the dip into the powder and the application?” If you’re not diligent about cleaning your makeup brushes, I would venture to guess–after reading this–you will be.
Scientists have found, that after just one month, makeup brushes collect an immeasurable amount of bacteria. Would you rub mucky money on your face, a germy gym barbell, a disgusting door handle? Well, that’s the amount of bacteria we’re working with here. You take a dirty makeup brush, rub it all over your face, and guess what?.?.? You’ve just added that immeasurable amount of bacteria to your freshly washed face. Not cool, right?
If you’re not convinced yet, consider this:
- That random breakout that just ruined a perfectly good photo. Dirt has clogged your pores. Those clogged pores create acne. It could point to your dirty brushes.
- Your makeup just doesn’t look smooth. You can’t figure out why your blush and eyeshadow look patchy or uneven. Those brushes, with weeks of old caked makeup, could be to blame.
- You find yourself needing to purchase new brushes more often than you’d like. The bristles seem brittle, and not as soft as when you first bought them. It’s your dirty brushes’ fault.
There are many ways to clean your brushes. Some turn to baby shampoo, others to Dawn dish detergent. I have even heard of various vinegar mixtures. My holy grail is the ‘Blender Cleanser Solid.’ It is super easy and incredibly effective. Just rub your brush into the solid bar, create a lather, massage through the bristles of the brush, and watch the old makeup run down the drain. Repeat that a few times and your brushes are as good as new! I can generally clean all of my brushes and sponges in about 5 minutes. A well-spent 5 minutes, if it means the words, immeasurable bacteria, never make contact with my face. Save your skin and clean your brushes!