Answer These Questions and We’ll Tell You How Often To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

News flash: You’re not washing your makeup brushes as much as you should be. Dirty makeup brushes can cause breakouts with the skin and even decrease the life of your brushes. Since they’re not cheap and you want your makeup to look flawless, washing your brushes is a necessary evil — no matter how much or how seldom you’re wearing it. But how often should you actually be washing them? There are a few helpful tricks that can help extend the life of your brushes, but they all revolve around regular washing. Using a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo or brush wash is one way to care for your brushes. Drying your brushes upside down helps to keep brush hairs from falling out. However, the best thing you can do for them is to wash them regularly.

Take this quiz to find out just how often you should actually be washing your brushes according to your makeup habits.


Lisa Bensley is the founder of BeautyByBenz, a health and beauty blog that is really just an excuse to buy too much makeup. When she is not writing, she's probably boxing, obsessing over her Dachshund, Stanley, reading, or binge-watching Law & Order: SVU. Follow her (and Stanley's) antics on Instagram.