3 Ways To Clean Your Makeup Brushes & Sponges

Written by on May 5, 2014 in Beauty, Makeup - 10 Comments
3 Ways To Clean Your Makeup Brushes & Sponges

When it comes to a flawless beauty routine, quality makeup brushes and sponges make all the difference. And when you’re using these tools on a daily basis, it’s crucial to clean them regularly — otherwise, they can get clogged with excess powder, oils or bacteria and cause facial breakouts! We’ve rounded up three simple ways to keep your brushes, sponges and skin looking clean and fresh.

By Kara Manos of Politics of Pretty
Photography: Kate Ann
Styling: Caitlin Moran

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  • How to clean your brushes using household products: Squeeze some baby shampoo or Cetaphil cleanser in a small bowl of water. Dip your brushes in the bowl and swirl around. Rinse with water and then lay flat to dry.

  • How to clean your brushes using a brush spray: Liberally spritz brushes with a brush-cleaning spray and massage brush hairs with your fingers for a few minutes. Rinse with water and lay flat to dry.

  • How to clean your sponges: For sponges (like our beloved BeautyBlender), slather the BeautyBlender Solid Cleanser on wet sponges, squeezing out any dirt or excess formula. Rinse with water and let air-dry on a paper towel.

  • http://www.theskinnyarm.com/ The Skinny Arm

    I haven’t ever thought of using baby shampoo… great tips! I am definitely guilty of not cleaning my brushes often enough!

  • http://www.ohmyleopard.com Ariana

    Beauty blender cleaner is a life saver! I also use it to wash my brushes and it makes cleaning everything so fast.

  • http://thecheapishly.com/ Hannah

    This is so helpful, thanks! I can’t wait to try using baby shampoo.

  • Strawberry Curl

    Baby shampoo is all I use to clean my brushes, and I do that every time I use them so that I don’t ever transfer bacteria to my face or to my clients’ faces. Always lay them flat to dry. The Beauty Blender, however, does need their cleanser. Baby shampoo will not work on it.

  • http://www.thesinglediaries.com/ The Single Diaries

    Makes it so easy! Thanks for the simple steps.

    The Single Diaries

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  • Lin

    If u can, put them in the dishwasher……

    • Jen

      Aren’t you afraid water will get into the handles?

  • Alexandra Waldinger

    What makeup brushes are pictured in the photos?

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