Best Techniques for Cleaning Makeup Brushes and Sponges

By Melanie Smith


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Most people who wear makeup often forget how important it is to clean their makeup brushes and sponges. It often isn’t a priority, since our lives become busy and we want to be able to grab our brushes, apply our makeup and go.

Meanwhile, our makeup brushes are collecting oil, dead skin cells, and dust, so if you don’t wash them out it can cause breakouts. They also last way longer if you clean them properly. Old makeup on the brushes causes the bristles to become dry, stiff, and fall out. Cleaning the tools you use to apply your makeup will also allow the application to be more precise and flawless. It doesn’t take much time to clean them properly and the benefits are priceless! Here are the best techniques to use when cleaning your makeup brushes and sponges.


1.) Silicone Makeup Brush Cleaning Pad


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There are many styles, shapes, and sizes of these cleaning pads currently on the market. You simply place one in the sink and run water to help remove makeup from the brush. These pads have also have textured surfaces to really deep clean the brushes and better remove all the makeup, oil and bacteria. This speeds up the process of cleaning your brushes instead of trying to clean them by hand under the sink.


2.) Dawn Dish Soap


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Dawn is a well-known holy grail for cleaning makeup brushes. It is inexpensive, available in all grocery stores and supermarkets, and works wonders at deep cleaning. You can use the liquid soap by itself, or pair it with the silicone cleaning pad for the ultimate deep clean experience.


3.) Beautyblender Liquid Blendercleanser


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This product is meant for makeup sponges such as the Beautyblender, removing makeup and germs while maintaining the integrity of the sponge. The best part, however, is that you can use this product for your brushes as well as your sponges.


4.) Washing Machine for Sponges


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An easy way to clean makeup sponges is to put them in a mesh laundry bag and run them in the washing machine on delicate. Add the Beautyblender Blendercleanser and some gentle laundry detergent, and there you have it – a fast and easy solution for clean sponges.


5.) Gentle Clarifying Shampoo or Baby Shampoo


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This is a very easy, accessible, and inexpensive way to get the job done. You can use either shampoo with a cleaning pad, or just wash each brush by swirling them on your hand with the shampoo applied.


6.) Sephora Collection, The Cleanse: Daily Brush Cleaner


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This product is great for when you don’t have time to deep clean your brushes. Just spray the product directly on the brush bristles, wipe on a tissue and repeat until the brush is clean!




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