Whatever type of makeup tool you use in your repertoire, you need to clean it effectively. If you don’t, well, you’re opening up your skin to infection and other inflammatory problem, which is something you don’t need to be doing!
Of course, there is a way to clean everything effectively, and it’s not simply a case of throwing a little soap at it and hoping for the best! A makeup sponge is something you apply cosmetic to your face with, and it is very intimate with your skin – for that reason you need to make sure that you detox it of any type of nasty which may be dwelling within it, or catch them before they become nasty!
First things first, let’s remind ourselves of the major perks of a makeup blending sponge.
Whatever shape you go for, makeup blending sponges are the ideal way to apply liquid or powder cosmetics to your face in the more precise way. These sponges give you extra control over the process, and are used by both professionals and home users alike. There are countless sponges on the market, including the top choice at the moment, the Beauty Blender Pro, or a lower cost option, such as the Zenda Naturals Blending Sponge. It’s really about finding out what works for you and your budget.
How to Clean Makeup Sponges
In order to wash makeup sponges effectively, you don’t really need anything other than what you may have in your kitchen cupboards. Of course, if you want to make the whole thing more professional, you can purchase specific cleaning products, such as the Travelmall Makeup Cleaning Shampoo, which effectively cuts out the chance of any bacteria from dwelling inside your sponge.
The simplest way of cleaning your makeup sponge is with gentle baby shampoo and warm water. All you need to do is wet the sponge and later a tiny amount of baby shampoo on the sponge. Once you have lathered well, rinse the sponge and squeeze – repeat the process until the water runs clear and no suds come out. Once this is done, leave your sponge on the windowsill, resting on a piece of paper towel, and let it dry in the fresh air. Once finished, you can use the sponge again!
You don’t have to use shampoo if you don’t want to, and olive oil is another great option to go for. Again, this is something you probably have in your kitchen cabinet, so you don’t even have to spend cash! Keep the amount you use very low, and do it sparingly to cut out the chances of the sponge becoming clogged with oil – if this happens you will find it very difficult to get the oil out completely and you’ll probably end up throwing it away prematurely.
Another option is how to clean makeup sponges with vinegar. Yes, vinegar! Not only for putting on your chips or cleaning the shower, white vinegar is a fantastic product for cleaning cosmetic tools, but again, you should use it sparingly! A great home-made cleaning mixture is:
- Gentle dish soap, 0.5 teaspoon
- White vinegar, 2/3 cups – 2 is probably better for smaller sponges
- Warm water
Mix the ingredients together, topping the cup up to the top with the warm water. From there you simply need to use it in the same way we described when using baby shampoo – lather and clean very effectively, not stopping the process until there are no suds, and the water is totally clear running.
Storing Your Makeup Sponges
We mentioned leaving your sponges out to air dry when they have been washed, and this is definitely a must do, although always make sure that you leave them resting on some paper towel, to avoid them coming into contact with any germs that may be dwelling on your window sills or counter tops! Aside from this however, how you store your makeup sponges is just as important.
Many people tend to throw their sponges in with the rest of their cosmetic kit and simply use them and throw them back inside once done. This is fine, but you will need to clean your sponges basically after every application. If you cut a beauty blender sponge in half, you will see that some cosmetic is absorbed, and this can’t be helped – there is no sponge on the market that promises to not absorb cosmetic at all. Now, this cosmetic will simply grow bacteria if you leave it in dark, warm places to be stored. If you can, have a separate bag for your sponges and brushes, and wash them ultra-regularly.
When to Replace Your Makeup Sponges
We just talked about cosmetic absorption over time and this is the reason why you will need to replace your beauty sponge after around three months, no matter how often you use it. Within that three month period you can use your sponge multiple times, even daily, provided you clean and dry it effectively, but after the three month period it is time to wave it goodbye and purchase a replacement. The good news is that beauty sponges aren’t expensive, even for the best on the market, so you won’t break the bank at this point.