Tips and tricks to care for your makeup brushes & sponges

Our makeup brushes and sponges are one of the most important tools in our vanity. We use them to paint, highlight, and contour our faces on a regular basis. But how regularly do we clean them? If you want a flawless makeup application and reduce those infuriating breakouts, you need to keep your makeup tools clean and hygienic at all times!

If you wash your makeup brushes or sponges every month or so, let us tell you that it is not enough. They need to be cleaned much more frequently or else they can become the cause of pesky breakouts and acne. It is not just about how often you should clean them but the way you clean and store them is also important. Allow us to help you here a little bit!

According to famous dermatologists and makeup artists, your makeup brushes should be washed at least once a week. You need to soak them up before rinsing, especially the brushes used for base makeup like foundation and concealer. Not only this will prevent product buildup, but it will also help in better application and increasing the life of the brush bristles. Brushes used for eye makeup can be cleaned twice a month.

Why do I need to clean my brushes so often?

With every application, your makeup brushes collect the products, bacteria, and oils of your face inside its bristles. It keeps on accumulating and gets dirtier with every use. If you do not clean your brushes, the bacteria will reach to the pores of your skin and will cause severe breakouts.

What should be used to clean them?

Always use a mild soap to wash your brushes and sponges, especially if the brushes are made of natural hair. Harsh soap can dry them out. There are dozens of brush cleansers available in the market. But if you don’t want to purchase one, your face cleanser is a good option. If it cleanses your face nicely and gently, it will do the same for your makeup tools. Another great alternative is baby shampoo.

What is the right way to clean the brushes?

Here are the right steps to clean your makeup brushes –

  • Use lukewarm water to wet the brush bristles. Try to avoid the base as it will weaken the glue. The weak base will cause the bristles to fall off.
  • Put a tiny amount of cleanser on the palm of your hand.
  • Gently swirl and massage the bristles in the cleanser.
  • Make sure they are rinsed nicely but don’t be too harsh or they might get damaged.
  • Squeeze out the excess moisture by using a towel or piece of a soft cloth.
  • Reshape the brush head back to its original form.

Let the brushes dry. Afterward, place them in such a way that the bristles are hanging off from an edge of a counter. If you just put the brushes on a flat surface, the original form of the brush head will change. Do not dry them while keeping them in a vertical position with the bristles facing up, the moisture will weaken the glue and the bristles will become loose.

How to clean the makeup sponge?

Makeup sponges do wonders to blend your foundation. They are a must in everyone’s makeup tool kit. We get that most of the time you have to apply your makeup in a rush and you can’t always clean your sponges. But trust us, it’s very important. Sponges are more absorbent than brushes. They will accumulate more dirt and bacteria along with the makeup product. Here are the steps involved.

  • Wet your beauty sponge completely.
  • Pour some mind soap or shampoo on the blender
  • Massage it nicely till it foams
  • Rinse and squeeze out the excess water
  • Repeat if necessary
  • Dry it while keeping it on a towel

Always store your makeup tools in a cool and dry place. Follow these steps to keep your makeup brushes and sponges as good as new!

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