Cleaning Makeup Brushes & Sponges Part 1

Posted by Nikkie Davis on Jan 13th 2020

Cleaning Makeup Brushes & Sponges Part 1

Clean makeup tools are important to maintain the longevity of brushes/sponges, eliminate breakouts & help achieve flawless makeup application.  Brushes and sponges can be a breeding ground for bacteria by trapping dust, dirt, skin cells & other gunk in them. As a result of dirty tools people may experience irritation & breakouts. It is also important to sanitize makeup and throw it away when expired or necessary.

How Often Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes & Sponges:

Some experts say that you should deep clean your makeup tools at least twice a month depending on how often you do your makeup. We suggest once a week if you do your makeup daily especially, eye brushes! Spot cleaning is awesome for a quick cleaning but there is no replacement for a deep cleaning. 


Bacteria can grow in improperly cleaned sponges causing bacteria to grow in them so, proper sponge cleaning is important. Some people like to soak their sponges for 24 hours to loosen up foundation etc. and then wash them, I personally do not soak my sponges just because I like immediate gratification. So I just get right into it. Below I list my instructions on how I found to effectively clean my sponges.


It is very important to move the product from the inside out. You can clean the surface of the sponge and not remove all the product. If you cut your sponge in half your can see all the product and gunk that is left in the center of the sponge (gross). Leaving potential bacteria and other nasty contaminates in the sponge to grow and fester. 

On part 2 we will talk more brush cleaning and care. Thank you for reading until the end and if you have any questions about brush or sponge cleaning feel free to shoot us a question on Instagram or Facebook :)