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17 Jul

How To Clean Makeup Sponges. Quick and Easy Tips

Many make-up lovers are not aware that they must clean their make-up brushes, let alone sponges. Usually at the end of the day, we all go home and remove the make-up from our faces. After a long hard day, you just want to get rid of the caked-on foundation which will be mixed in with your natural oils and dust particles. The dirt build-up on your face can be quite detrimental to your skin in the long run as it can lead to clogged pores, which will then lead to unruly blackheads, annoying white heads and everyone’s worst nightmare: pimples!

Cleaning your face is as important as cleaning your makeup sponges. If you wouldn’t want all that old makeup on your face, then why would you want it on your makeup tools? It is a very essential element of your beauty routine, so here are some of my easy tips on how to clean makeup sponges:

1. Firstly, I pour my alcohol solution into a spray bottle. I just bought my spray bottle from the local bargain store and I bought my alcohol solution from Scotty’s located in Broadway, NSW which you can buy in-store or online. Or you can use the brands that AMR stock: AMR Isoprophyl Alcohol and pour it into a Glammar Spray Bottle.

2. I then spritz my dirty foundation sponge with alcohol spray to kill any further bacteria growing within my sponge. This tip helps to breakdown the dense and muddy grit. The brands of makeup sponges that I use are Beauty Blender, Napoleon Perdis, CHI CHI and Real Techniques. AMR also stock the Lily Beauty Blender by Glammar.

how to clean makeup sponges

3. Under a running tap of warm to hot water, depending on your heat threshold, I allow the dirty makeup sponge to absorb the water while continuously wringing and squeezing out the dirt from the sponge. Repeat this process once you get the main grime and grit of yucky foundation off.

how to clean makeup sponges

4. Now, your sponge should be wet, light, soft and bouncy. I then apply Daiso sponge cleaner, or dish washing liquid, or baby shampoo to the sponge and thoroughly massage the detergent in the sponge to rid of stubborn foundation muck and grit. This should be the most laborious task to rid the sponge of the stubborn stains. This step requires some time and patience, but just remember how important it is to be doing it.

how to clean makeup sponges

how to clean makeup sponges

how to clean makeup sponges

5. Dry the sponge using a paper towel to remove excess water.

how to clean makeup sponges

how to clean makeup sponges

how to clean makeup sponges

6. Once your sponge is clean, I then spritz the alcohol lightly over the now clean make up sponge to rid of any bacteria.

7. You can either use your good as new clean sponge straight away to apply or simply leave the sponge to air dry.

8. After the sponge is dry, leave it in an area where it can breathe. Do not keep it in a confined small space; for example, in Tupperware or a box as this will lead to bacteria growth and mould.

Cleaning your makeup sponge should be done at least once a week regardless of whether you hardly wear any foundation or if you use it seven days a week. However, if you are pressed for time, a quick spritz of the alcohol spray will kill some of the bacteria for the time being and you can re-use your makeup sponge. Just be aware that the bacteria within the sponge breeds and spreads germs, which can be the root of all your skin problems and it will just be a never-ending cycle. Break the chain and clean your makeup tools! There are no rules with makeup, your face is your canvas, however clean and hygienic sanitation is vital.

I hope you have found these tips on how to clean makeup sponges helpful. Please feel free to drop a comment or if you have any other methods of cleaning your tools you would like to share!

 

 

Tako Phanoraj

Tako is a Beauty Editor at AMR with a Diploma in makeup artistry having graduated in 2015. She is passionate about all things beauty and in her spare time loves to keep up with the latest trends and trialling new makeup. When she is not invested in makeup, she is busy being mum to one gorgeous baby girl.

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