Makeup brushes are one of those beauty items where you can easily splurge or save. Of course, the decision to invest in a more expensive, name brand set versus a drugstore set is entirely up to you. If you’re curious whether or not the investment is worth it, you can always purchase a highly rated foundation brush, like the MAC 190 foundation brush ($32), and then buy less expensive brushes for your eye shadow, blush, or bronzer. This will help you to tell the difference between various brush brands without spending a fortune. It will also allow you to better understand if one is better for your skin type than the other. Everyone is different, so a little “trial and error” experimenting is in order.
How to Wash Your Make Up Brushes
Once you decide on the brushes you’ll use every day, it’s time to make those babies last a long time. This means taking fantastic care of them and keeping them free of bacteria that can cause face irritation, acne, and other unsightly problems.
One of the most important aspects of owning a nice set of makeup brushes is cleaning them thoroughly and often. If you have sensitive skin or adult acne, you should clean your brush every single day. If you don’t suffer from these problems, you can clean your brush once a week (but don’t go any longer than once a week since bacteria grows fast!)
As far as cleaning your brushes, many stores will try to sell you very expensive brush cleaner. However, all you need is a little dab of baby shampoo. Yep, you read that right: baby shampoo. Just take a small amount between your pointer finger and thumb and rub your brush thoroughly. You’ll need to open the bristles so you get down into the middle of the brush for cleaning. However, at the end of the cleaning, use your fingers to form the bristles back into a point like they came.