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7 Terrifying Reasons You Should Always Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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You diligently keep up with a rigorous skincare routine, washing your face morning and night to wipe away all the makeup and dirt that can clog pores and lead to unhealthy skin, but how often do you clean your makeup brushes? Spending time and money on a solid skincare routine and then failing to keep your makeup brushes and other tools clean not only doesn’t make sense, but can lead to some pretty nasty side effects. Keep reading to learn the seven reasons you should always clean your brushes!

7. Dirty Brushes Will Break You Out

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Tired of unexplainable breakouts? Before you blame that new foundation or moisturizer, take a good look at your makeup brushes! If they aren’t cleaned and sanitized regularly with antibacterial soap, your brushes could be harboring bacteria and dirt that will most definitely break you out. Dirty makeup brushes aren’t just covered in leftover makeup, but also oils, bacteria, dead skin cells and dust that collect on them over time. Every time you use a brush that hasn’t been cleaned in a while, you’re putting all of that back onto your freshly cleansed skin, so if you suffer from acne, those brushes could very well be the culprit!

6. Dirty Brushes Mean Terrible Color Payoff

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Bold, vibrant colors require precise application that you simply cannot get with dirty brushes. Using dirty eyeshadow brushes means you’re blending that awesome electric blue shade with the five other colors you’ve used since you last cleaned your brushes. The result will be muddled color and more difficulty applying the perfect shade right where you need it. For the best color payoff, make sure to keep eyeshadow brushes clean and dry by rinsing them after each use, followed by a thorough weekly cleaning.

5. Germs Everywhere

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We’ve already established that dirt and bacteria are lurking on your dirty makeup brushes, but those germs and bacteria can also be transferred to your other products, as well. Swirling a dirty brush in your pricey face powder transfers all those germs to the powder. This can lead to big problems, especially when germs and bacteria are transferred to gels or creams, which serve as the perfect breeding ground. At best, the products will spoil faster, and at worst, you’ll end up with irritation and even infections on your skin and around your eyes!

4. All That Dirt Will Irritate Your Skin

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A buildup of product can quickly turn those soft, synthetic or natural bristles on your favorite brushes into stiff, brittle bristles that can irritate your delicate skin. Cleaning your products regularly will keep bristles soft and flexible, and help keep your brushes from shedding, as well. Remember, the skin on your face is delicate and can be sensitive to abrasive brushes, even if you don’t see or feel the damage being done!

Laura uses her extensive background in the beauty industry to pass on invaluable tips and advice to her readers! Find Laura on LinkedIn!

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