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When the weather begins to warm up and our foundation and mascara start to melt, there’s no better feeling than taking all (or most) of it off and rocking the bare-minimum makeup look. But besides the genetically blessed, most of us probably have a few problem areas on the skin that we don’t feel so confident showing off. If you’ve tried every trick in the book and the breakouts and redness still persist, you could be forgetting one thing- cleaning your dirty makeup brushes.
Don’t feel bad if you can’t remember the last time you washed your brushes or if you’ve never even given cleaning a thought. A survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Anisa International, a global leader in the design and creation of unique beauty tools and solutions, found that over 60 percent of women clean their makeup brushes only once a month, or not at all. Ideally, you should be using your makeup brush cleaner at least one to two times a month, according to Anisa Telwar-Kaicker, founder and CEO of Anisa International.
Not quite convinced that cleaning is worth your time? Keep on reading for a few nasty effects of dirty brushes and how they could be holding you back from showing off your skin.
Unwashed brushes will build up bacteria and dust over time, creating a breeding ground for bacteria, especially if kept in a damp place like under your sink or near the shower. Wiping those grimy brushes all over your face can be a major factor in what causes acne.
If your brushes go unwashed, they’ll not only be covered in bacteria, but also oils and residue from your face. Those oils and dirt can create clogged pores and lead to even more breakouts.
Muddy Makeup Application
Aside from affecting your actual skin, dirty brushes and sponges will leave your makeup streaky and won’t apply the true color of your cosmetics. So that new pink blush you just bought will end up leaving your cheeks looking dirty, rather than rosy.
When taken care of properly, good quality brushes can help your makeup look completely natural and smooth. If you neglect your tools, the hairs can clump together, become coarse or fall out. This not only leads to poor makeup application, it’s a waste of money, because girl, brushes ain’t cheap.
How often do you wash your brushes, or are you guilty of leaving them dirty? Let me know in the comments below!