Cleaning Makeup Brushes

Does it ever cross your mind to clean your makeup brushes? You get ready every morning and go throughout your busy day, then the cycle starts all over again the next day. All the while, your brushes are sitting in their case or container and that’s doing a lot more harm than you’re probably aware of!

Here are some essential reasons why you should be cleaning your makeup brushes often!


Bacteria builds up on your brushes when you don’t clean them. Then you touch your face with those brushes that are covered in bacteria… EWW! Don’t put that on your face! You also cover your makeup in bacteria when you touch your brushes in it to use it! That’s a lot of bacteria building up in different places. At this point, if you haven’t been cleaning your brushes, it’s probably best to throw out your bacteria covered makeup and start fresh.


The bacteria build up on your makeup and your brushes gets on your face every time you  use your makeup brushes! So Gross! This can cause acne and breakouts. If you have been diligent with your skincare routine and you are STILL having breakouts, then maybe it’s time for a brush cleanse.


So maybe your skin isn’t acne prone, but you’re having red patches and/or itchiness? Yep, that’s from your brushes! Time to clean them! (Again) If you have been diligent with your skincare routine and you are STILL having breakouts, then clean your brushes and try some new makeup!

Viral Illness

Did you know… everything that goes on your face enters your bloodstream? This includes skincare, makeup, and (you guessed it) the bacteria build up on your makeup brushes. This can enter into your bloodstream and actually make you sick! It’s important to your health to invest in a great brush cleanser and clean them often.


Yes, you read that right… BUGS! The bacteria that is built up on your makeup and brushes can attract bugs and they will nest inside them. This goes for your beauty blenders too. Some bugs are small enough that we can’t even see them, but if it’s bad enough then you will start to see bugs on your brushes! YIKES!

Poor Application

Has your makeup game been lacking lately? Having dirty brushes can make it difficult to achieve that flawless look. Makeup and bacteria build up can harm or disfigure the bristles, leaving you with an uneven makeup application. (Ain’t Nobody Got Time for Dat!)

Damaged Brushes

Dirt and bacteria build up can cause oily bristles (synthetic and real) that will then come apart from the binding. Cleaning your brushes doesn’t destroy them… it helps them! You don’t want shiny brushes from oil, you want a natural shine on those babies! Don’t let build up disfigure or destroy your brushes – Keep them Clean and save yourself an expensive trip to replace them.

So… How Often?

Try to clean all brushes used for cream based products every day. Just make it a part of your nighttime routine. It won’t take long at all! Brushes used for powder based products should be cleaned at least twice a week.

My Top 3 Recommended Brush Cleaners:

  1. SeneGence
  2. Morphe
  3. Sigma

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