The other day I was hangin’ out at a friend’s house when she asked me to do her makeup. I didn’t really want to (I was being lazy) so I protested for a bit, lamenting that I didn’t have my makeup brushes with me. Obvs, I can’t do makeup without my trusted makeup brushes. Naturally, and I should have seen this coming, she offered up her set of brushes for me to use.
Well, this is where things get nasty. Like, real nasty.
I opened up her brush roll to see a full collection of MAC makeup brushes that I’d guess originally had white bristles. I couldn’t tell since they were all caked in various shades of shadow. I picked one up and lightly tapped it; the amount of product stuck in it made me throw up in my mouth a little. I said, “Girl, when is the last time you washed these? They’re NASTY.”
She was a bit taken aback and defended herself; “I wash them all the time!”
“Do you wash them WITH makeup? Because as far as I can tell, these haven’t been washed in months.”
I have over 100 makeup brushes; if I can manage to keep that many clean, you have no excuse!
I asked my friend to walk me through her makeup brush cleaning routine. She said she gets some MAC Brush Cleanser, pours it on a napkin, and wipes her brushes off on it.
“Then what?,” thinking that couldn’t possibly be the end of her brush washing routine.
“That’s it,” she said, “Then they’re clean. Duh, Bren, you’re an artist, you should know.”
I should know, and I do. I wouldn’t have used her dirty makeup brushes on a mannequin’s face, much less any living breathing human (or a dead one, for that matter). They had NEVER been properly cleaned in the SEVERAL years she had owned them.
Her method of “cleaning” might be an somewhat acceptable sanitizing process in-between uses, but that is by no means considered “washing your brushes,” and if you think it is, you are on a hoarder’s level of filthiness.
Though most of you only use your makeup brushes on yourself, there are plenty of reasons to wash them regularly. They’ll last longer, keep a better shape, and generally look better when you give them regular TLC. More importantly, however, is they’ll be CLEAN. Skin cells and god knows what else -all that nasty bacteria from your saliva from when you blow on your brushes (I know you do this, and girl, you gross) – can collect on them and then you put them on your face and then you end up with a huge zit and you’re like, OMG HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!
Dirty, skanky, nasty, unwashed makeup brushes, that’s how. I’m only delivering the lecture though. I was going to tell you how to keep them clean, but remembered that Kevin James Bennett, Emmy-award winning makeup artist and super close personal (read: Facebook) friend of mine, already has a blog post on the subject here. Y’all should listen to KJB, after all, he beats faces for a living.
Wash your brushes, keep them clean, have better skin. So simple, and you won’t run the risk of grossing me out if you invite me over for a slumber party.