“I’ve never cleaned my makeup brushes before. They’re, like, six years old.”
I know, it’s really quite disgusting. But washing my makeup brushes has always felt like something I would stuff up.
Won’t my brushes feel all yucky afterwards? Will they feel the same once getting wet? What if soap gets stuck in there? Do I even use soap?
So many questions I couldn’t be bothered answering.
The $39.99 electric brush cleaner promises to hygienically clean and dry any of your makeup brushes in seconds using battery powered centrifugal spin technology. No more messy sinks and extended waiting times, the product description says. Just dunk and spin and let the makeup art begin.
Their words, not mine.
Yes, this little machine looks very techy and modern, but does it really clean your makeup brushes as thoroughly as doing the job by hand?
I put my virgin makeup brushes on the line to find out.
Why you should clean your makeup brushes.
Let's begin by explaining why lazy people like me really, really need to start cleaning their makeup brushes.
Brushes quickly build up oil, dust, dead skin and bacteria, which can easily irritate sensitive skin, cause breakouts and, in frighteningly severe cases, even life-threatening infections.
Basically, not cleaning your makeup brushes is the equivalent of not washing your towels or wiping the kitchen bench with a year-old chux.