How to clean your make up brushes and sponges the right way

You apply your makeup flawlessly everyday, but are your make-up tools as clean as they should be? Ensuring your make-up brushes and sponges are clean not only gives you a smoother look with your make-up application, but also prevents acne and bacteria build up that can be triggered by dirty make-up tools. However, it isn’t always clear how one should clean their brushes and sponges. We’ve put together an easy-to-understand set of instructions to make sure you wash your brushes and sponges right.


How often should you clean your makeup brushes and sponges?

Ideally, you should wash your brushes once a week. This will ensure your face isn’t contracting any bacteria, and will also help with smooth product application. As for your makeup sponges, toss the really cheap wedge shaped ones out after one use. However, with something good quality and reusable like Dermacol’s Makeup Sponges, you should clean them after each use, as they tend to absorb product, and are typically used more aggressively, even on breakout areas.

Cleaning these products often won’t cause you to replace them often -as long as they’re good quality. The Dermacol Eye Makeup Brush Set is a set of 5 that is versatile enough for all our eye makeup, but will also last you for years.


How do I clean them right?

  1. Get the right products

    Although you get makeup brush cleaners at drugstores, you needn’t purchase expensive products to clean your brushes and sponges. You can use dish soap or hand soap as well. The key is to use a mild soap that will be gentle on your brush’s bristles, as harsh soaps can dry them out and damage them. You can even use shampoo for brushes with natural hair.

  2. Wet your brush

    Use lukewarm water to wet your brush head. This can be done by soaking in a tub, or simply putting your brush under a running faucet.

    For makeup sponges – put your sponge in the microwave (wet or dry!) for about 30 seconds before you put water on it like the brushes. It works!

  3. Use Soap

    Massage the cleaner of your choice on to the bristles of the brush, gently. Ensure that you do this close to the head, as too much soap and water to the base might cause the glue to weaken, and cause fraying in your brushes.

    For your sponge, put a drop of soap on to the sponge and lather it up well, working the lather into the sponge to ensure proper cleaning.

  4. Rinse

    Once you’ve cleaned out the product with soap, gently rinse your brushes and sponges to get rid of it. It’s normal for your makeup sponges to be a little discoloured, as they absorb products that leave stains. As long as you’re cleaning it well, you needn’t worry.

    As for your makeup brushes, don’t forget to reshape them so you can have smooth makeup application once you use them again!

  5. Let them dry

    Leave your makeup brushes to dry vertically in a stand, so they don’t lose shape. Let your sponges air dry, too. Not letting your makeup sponges dry completely can cause mold to form in them, which can be detrimental to the health of your skin.

Now you know how to properly clean your makeup brushes and sponges!


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