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If you want to know when and how you should clean your makeup sponge, here is your answer!
Reason to clean ‘em!
Beauty blender or makeup sponge is likely to absorb makeup products. To complement the buildup, such applicator also attracts elements from other products like perfume or setting spray and dust particles from environment. As a result, the sponge becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and this will lead to causing acne breakouts. That is the reason why cleaning needs to be done to avoid the fungus as well as the buildups of other germs.
Cleaning it daily:
Cleaning beauty blender or make up sponge depends on the frequency of using it. If you are using the product almost every day, then it will be great if you clean it on regular basis. Not only it will avoid the sponge forming germs but also you will be left with using a fresh sponge every day without having to worry.
Cleaning it weekly:
Some people also suggest to clean the blender at least once a week. Well, that is still not a bad idea if you are short on time. It also depends on the use. If you find yourself using the sponge 3-4 days a week, then cleaning it weekly will not be bad. Makse sure you follow the basic cleaning techniques for the maintenance. It will keep the blender fresh and you will love the result of using it.
Cleaning it monthly:
Most of the beauty blender will not last for months. There comes time that you have to toss the sponge out rather than keeping them and cleaning them. However, if you are still someone who uses long-lasting sponge, then it is recommended that you sterilize the sponge once a month. Deep cleaning ensures thorough cleanse and makes the sponge freshly ready to use.
However, a lot of experts have suggested to change the makeup sponge after every 4 months. Because, you won’t like using anything that has looks moldy and nasty over a certain time. No matter how much you clean it, there will be change in appearance, color, odor, and you won’t like it.
- Step 1: Prepare warm soapy water in a bowl
Fill the bowl with warm water. Add a drop of baby shampoo or soap to the bowl and mix them.
Mix it lightly unless the lather generates on the surface. Make sure you don’t use dish soap since it can irritate your skin while using the beauty blender later.
Step 2: Soak the sponge
After preparing the warm soapy water, dip the sponge into the bowl. And soak it for 30 minutes.
Then, squeeze it twice or thrice with your hand. And let it soak for another 30 minutes.
Make sure the bowl has enough soapy water to cover the sponge completely. If you think that squeezing and dipping the sponge have reduced some water, add more to the bowl.
As you soak the sponge, it should start changing the color. Wait for the water to turn into tan hue or dingy beige as it absorbs makeup products like foundation from the sponge.
Expect the beauty blender to expand to a full size as it soaks into the warm water.
- Step 3: Rub cleanser soap
Massage the cleanser soap like Blender Cleanser into the areas of sponge directly. It is advisable that you get a gentle cleanser so that it does not damage the sponge. You can opt for castille soap if you love to use solid soap, or you can go with baby shampoo again if you want to use organic liquid product.
However, rub the sponge and squeeze it gently for about 3 minutes with your fingertips. Make sure, you don’t use any abrasive tool like scrubbing brush since it may damage the blender.
- Step 4: Rinse free of soapy water
After you are done cleaning the sponge with soap or shampoo, rinse it with fresh, warm water free of soap. It will help in rinsing out additional makeup sitting near the sponge surface.
You should also remember to squeeze the blender gently again to remove both the makeup products and the soapy elements.
- Step 5: Dry the sponge
After you are done with rinsing, get the wet sponge and dry it with clean paper towel. Gently squeeze out additional water with your hand and roll the sponge in the towel to let it absorb water from inside.
Next, wait for the sponge to get completely dry. Make sure you don’t use it in wet condition. If you want, you can use hair dryer to make the drying process quick.
- Step 1: Follow till step 3 mentioned above
For the deep cleaning the initial process will be same. You will just need to follow them till the 3rd step. Here, you have the massage the blender against your palm. Massage the coated parts of the sponge in small circular motion. Do it for about 30 seconds.
Make sure to rub it a bit vigorously with more intensity. However, it should still be gentle enough to not damage the sponge.
Doing the process will draw out all the makeup products lying deeper inside through the surface. And you will notice that the lather on your palm will get tinted with hue color.
- Step 2: Rinse with fresh, warm water
Now that you have deep cleaned the sponge. It’s time to rinse with fresh, warm water. Make sure that you continue to rub the sponge on your palm in circular motion. Do it until all the lather is gone.
It may take several minutes to clean out the soap. So, do not lose patience.
- Step 3: Dry the sponge
Of course, you don’t need to read again how you should do the drying step as it has been stated above. Hopefully, this will deep clean the sponge and make it look fresh again.
Beauty blenders and sponges are such items that are inseparable part of your makeup perfection. Besides, they are very close elements that touch your body so often. So, their cleanliness and healthiness matter a lot for you. That’s why it is really very important and necessary to know how to and even how often should you clean beauty blenders and makeup sponges. Happy makeup!
Let’s figure out some basic but fast way of cleaning beauty blenders on video below:-