Your makeup applicators could be breeding grounds for bacteria, which can led to acne, clogged pores, and impurities on your skin. Not so pretty.
First step, make sure your makeup hasn’t expired. Mascara, because of its proximity to the eyes, should be replaced every three months, states Blisstree, a health and beauty blog. “Most other makeup should be discarded after one year,” said Dr. Carol L. Clinton, of skincare company Timeless Skin Solutions, in the article. “You’ll notice that its consistency changes, and that any SPF in the product will have deteriorated.” Her advice: Clean your brushes weekly to keep a significant amount of bacteria from accumulating in the brush. If you use a brush daily to apply liquid makeup, however, you’ll need to clean it daily.
Blisstree’s tips for cleaning brushes:
1. Shampoo or facial cleaner: Since most makeup brushes are made of real hair, dabbing some shampoo into the palm of your hand and swirling the brush around in it under warm water should do the trick. Facial cleaners work well too.
2. Vinegar and water: To kill bacteria on your brushes, make a solution of one part vinegar and two parts water. Dip the brush into the vinegar solution and rinse in clean warm water.
3. Make-up brush cleaners: You can opt to purchase a specialised make-up brush cleaner, with some options to spray on and wipe off. Clinique, MAC and Estee Lauder brands have a whole range of such products. Prices range from around 10 to 25. Sephora sells one for around $14/ 11, as do Clinique and Bare Escentuals.