These Close-Up Photos of Dirty Makeup Brushes Will Make You Cringe

At one point or another, we’ve all realized we couldn’t remember the last time we cleaned our makeup brushes. While we may not think much of it, close-up photos may have you rethinking your current wash schedule.


What, exactly, are you looking at? This is a photo of a powder brush 3 weeks after use. You can clearly see makeup buildup coating the brush strands — and the rest of the debris on the top and bottom photos.


Though tedious and time consuming, keeping your brushes clean is an extremely important part of your makeup routine. Each tool is a hotbed for bacteria that can exacerbate skin problems and lead to breakouts. But it’s not all about safety. Having a regular cleansing routine keeps your favorite instruments feeling awesome against your face and leads to better, more precise application.