Sephora makeup artist Alphie Sadsad reveals what happens to your skin if you don’t wash brushes

A celebrity makeup artist has revealed what really happens to your skin if you don’t clean your beauty brushes every week – and why it’s just as important as washing your hands.

Sephora Australia’s national artistry lead Alphie Sadsad said washing your tools should be a regular part of your beauty routine, rather than regarding this as a chore.

‘There are so many reasons why it is important to keep your tools clean. One of the main reason why is to keep your makeup brushes hygienic,’ Alphie told FEMAIL.

‘Your brushes, sponges and hands accumulate a lot of bacteria when they aren’t cleaned. When you don’t wash your brushes, or your hands for that matter, bacteria and dirt from the environment naturally gathers on them around.

‘A dirty brush or sponge is a primary breeding ground for nasty bacteria that can intensify your acne and other skin conditions.’ 

A celebrity makeup artist has explained why cleaning your makeup brushes is just as important as washing your hands (stock image)

A celebrity makeup artist has explained why cleaning your makeup brushes is just as important as washing your hands (stock image)

A celebrity makeup artist has explained why cleaning your makeup brushes is just as important as washing your hands (stock image)

Sephora Australia's national artistry lead Alphie Sadsad (pictured) said washing your tools should be a regular part of your beauty routine, rather than regarding this as a chore

Sephora Australia's national artistry lead Alphie Sadsad (pictured) said washing your tools should be a regular part of your beauty routine, rather than regarding this as a chore

Sephora Australia’s national artistry lead Alphie Sadsad (pictured) said washing your tools should be a regular part of your beauty routine, rather than regarding this as a chore

How to wash your makeup brushes 

Using a liquid cleanser, gently swirl your brushes in warm water and on the surface of the soap, softly rubbing the bristles to remove and dissolve any debris or residue.

2. Rinse with clean water and carefully squeeze the remaining moisture from the brush.

3. Lay flat to dry, placing it on a soft towel. Place the head of the brush on the edge of the bench, allowing for excess water to drip into your sink.

4. When storing your beauty tools, save the glass containers from used candles to store brushes in them, with the handle down.

Alphie said dirty brushes can harbour oil and bacteria that wreak havoc on the skin.

‘Dirty brushes are loaded with oily makeup residue, dead skin cells, and bacteria, which is not a good combination if you’re looking to avoid breakouts,’ he said. 

‘Dirty brushes and sponges can cause much more damage than simple breakouts on your skin. Using the same makeup tools every day can lead to harmful bacteria.

‘Also, brushes are 10 times more effective after cleansing.’ 

He suggested ‘deep cleaning’ your brushes on a weekly basis.

‘I always found cleaning your brushes in the evening before your night time skincare routine works best as it helps with letting your tools dry and ready to go for the morning,’ Alphie said.

‘Regarding your sponges, this should be done every day straight after each use. As sponges hold more moisture and is a breeding ground for bacteria. Tip – use an egg cup to store and dry your sponges.’

Alphie said dirty brushes can harbour oil and bacteria that wreak havoc on the skin. He suggested 'deep cleaning' your brushes on a weekly basis (stock image)

Alphie said dirty brushes can harbour oil and bacteria that wreak havoc on the skin. He suggested 'deep cleaning' your brushes on a weekly basis (stock image)

Alphie said dirty brushes can harbour oil and bacteria that wreak havoc on the skin. He suggested ‘deep cleaning’ your brushes on a weekly basis (stock image)

Alphie recommended the $20 Sephora Collection Solid Brush Cleanser to clean makeup brushes

Alphie recommended the $20 Sephora Collection Solid Brush Cleanser to clean makeup brushes

The $28 Beautyblender Liquid Blender Cleanser for washing sponges

The $28 Beautyblender Liquid Blender Cleanser for washing sponges

Alphie recommended the $20 Sephora Collection Solid Brush Cleanser (left) to clean makeup brushes and the $28 Beautyblender Liquid Blender Cleanser (right) for washing sponges

Alphie said you should clean your brushes every four to five days, especially those that are used more often for foundation and concealer.

To clean, use Sephora Collection Solid Brush Cleanser, gently swirl your brushes in warm water and on the surface of the soap, softly rubbing the bristles to remove and dissolve any debris or residue.

Next, rinse with clean water, and carefully squeeze the remaining moisture from the brush the lay flat to dry, placing it on a soft towel. 

Place the head of the brush on the edge of the bench, allowing for excess water to drip into your sink.

When storing your beauty tools, save the glass containers from used candles to store brushes in them, with the handle down. 

For sponges, simply pour a small amount of Beautyblender Liquid Blender Cleanser in a bowl, adding in cup of warm-to-hot water.

Squeeze your sponge in the liquid until you see bubbles form.

Next, soak the sponge overnight in the mixture. The next day, rinse and squeeze the sponge several times to get rid of all of the accumulated cleaning liquid. Always let your sponge air dry to prevent bacteria from forming.

When storing sponges, use an egg cup to store them to allow and dry from each use.