How To Clean Makeup Sponges & Brushes

What you’ll need:

  • Oil cleanser (or olive oil will do)
  • Dawn Dish Soap
  • Lukewarm Water (running)
  • Brush Cleansing Pad is optional*

How to clean makeup sponges:

1. Hold the sponge under running, lukewarm water and lightly squeeze. Make sure the sponge is fully dampened so the soap can penetrate throughout the sponge.

2. Spread Dawn dish soap on one palm, and roll the sponge so that the soap covers the entire outer layer. Lightly squeeze and roll again.

3. Repeat the squeeze and roll process, but under the running lukewarm water until the soap has diminished.

*Repeat this process as many times needed. Usually takes me 2x. Let it air dry.

To cut down some time, I’ve been using disposal makeup sponges. They literally give me the same results. If not better. I can easily bend and shape them, letting me blend more evenly.

You can buy a 32 pack of the wedge sponges for $2.99 at Ulta. Or a 12 pack of the round ones for $1.99.

How to clean makeup brushes:

1. Pour a little olive oil or oil cleanser onto your palm. With your dry makeup brush, swirl the bristles on your palm, so the oil saturates the entire brush. Knead the oil gently throughout the brush, and really work into the “hidden center” so you remove all the old makeup and dust.

2. Rinse your brush under running lukewarm water with the bristles pointed down. (The brush will still be oily)

3. Pour Dawn dish soap onto fingers and gently rub/massage between the bristles (still pointed down).

4. Using the same massage motion, rinse your makeup brush under the running water. Make sure to get between the bristles so you rinse out all the soap.

*This process usually only takes 1-2x.

5. Shape the brush to desired shape and let it air dry.

Disinfecting makeup brushes:

If you wash your brushes with Dawn, or any antibacterial soap, you don’t need to do this step.

If you wash your brushes consistently and thoroughly, you do not need to worry about bacteria. If you have a staph infection, you can sprits the brush with rubbing alcohol if you don’t want to throw it out. (But I highly recommend you do)

If you do wish to spray your brushes with rubbing alcohol, just know that this will create a rougher texture for your bristles.

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