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When Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes & Sponges?

Posted by Shary Jimie on
When Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes & Sponges?

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup tools? Never? OMG, now is the time for you to clean them, right after you finish reading this blog, of course. Though you don’t use your makeup tools that often, it’s still important to wash them. Just because they look clean, it doesn’t mean they’re actually clean.

How Often Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes & Beauty Sponges?
You should clean your makeup tools once every two weeks, at least, to avoid product buildup and to get rid of any bacteria that might be clinging to your makeup tools. If you want your makeup brushes and sponges to last longer, you should definitely soak them in water every week, followed by a deep clean once every two weeks.

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes?
Usually, people would use an actual makeup cleanser where you would spray on your brushes and sponges before gently scrubbing it on a silicone mat. Another makeup cleanser also comes in a liquid type where you will pour them in a cup, mix it with water and clean away!

If you don’t feel like investing in an actual makeup cleanser, you can just use any liquid soap or shampoo of your choice. All you need to do is fill a cup with warm water, mix it with a few drops of liquid soap or shampoo, and gently swish it around. One good investment would be a silicone mat so you can thoroughly clean your brushes but if you don’t feel like getting them, you can still get away by swishing them around the warm water and soap (or shampoo) mixture.

 

How To Clean Your Beauty Sponges?
Run your beauty sponge over a soap bar and rinse it with water, followed by gentle squeezes so you can get rid of the accumulated foundation from the sponge. You can also submerge it in a similar water mixture as mentioned above, but this time instead of swishing it, just squeeze it until the water that comes out of the sponge comes out clear.

How Often Should You Replace Your Makeup Brushes & Beauty Sponges?


Makeup Brushes: A typical rule of thumb suggests replacing your makeup brushes every three months but that might not be a wise financial decision. You can still keep your makeup brushes as long as they don’t shed, smell or discolour after a certain period of time.

Beauty Sponges: Every three to six months. Beauty sponges are completely different from makeup brushes because they’re more susceptible to bacteria buildup because they are prone to absorbing liquids and if you don’t dry them out completely after every usage, there are even higher chances of bacteria buildup inside your puffy sponges. 

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