Use Makeup Brushes? Then You Need to Read This!

Let’s face it. When someone asks if you clean your makeup brushes and sponges, your first response is the one that doesn’t make you sound like a slack, dirty teenage boy that never showers. But in reality, most of us don’t clean our brushes and sponges as much as we should.

You’d be surprised how gross things can get if you don’t take care of your brushes and give them a good clean regularly. I’ve listed just a few to scare you enough to get onto it ASAP.


Dirty brushes will transfer dirt and germs onto your face which can clog up your pores causing you to break out. Then you start using makeup more regularly to cover the breakout which transfers more dirt and germs into your pores and before you know if you’re stuck on the makeup breakout merry-go-round that never ends.

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

A big one if you share your brushes with your friends. Conjunctivitis won’t kill you (as far as I know) but it can be painful, it’s highly contagious and it’s definitely something you want to avoid.

Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Virus - 1)

Another big one if you share your brushes but also if you suffer from cold sores yourself. This disease loves a moist environment so your brushes and sponges are like the Hilton for it. And once you’ve got Herpes, you are stuck with it!

Staph Infection (staphylococcus Aureus infection)

According to Health Direct, Staph is a bacteria that lives on the surface of the skin or in the nose. While it’s usually harmless, an infection can occur when the bacteria enters the body and multiplies. If you’ve got broken skin, like a flare up of acne, and there’s a whole lot of staph growing on your makeup brushes, you could be in for a rough ride. Staph infections can become serious and when I say serious I am talking paralysis or even worse, fatal.

You don’t have to re-enact a surgical scrub in with your brushes (and sponges) every time you use them but using a good soap to give them a thorough clean once a week and then putting them into the sun to dry is a must for not only your health but for better looking makeup too.

Stay tuned as we delve into how to get your brushes squeaky clean in next week's blog!

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