How to Clean a Makeup Sponge
- Wet. Run the sponge under warm water.
- Lather. Using a few drops of mild soap or gentle shampoo work any product out of the sponge with your fingers.
- Rinse. Rinse the sponge until the water runs clear.
- Dry. Wring it out and pat dry with a clean towel. Allow the sponge to air dry, or if you prefer to use it damp, go ahead and put it to work.
- Repeat. Makeup sponges should be cleaned after every few uses or once there is no longer a clean, unused section. Rinsing the sponge with warm water after each use will also help keep the germs away and your sponge in good condition.
How to: Clean Your Makeup Brushes
- Rinse. Rinse the bristles, always with water streaming down–you want to avoid running water directly into the base of the brush, which can weaken the glue and shorten the lifespan of your brush.
- Cleanse. Work a small amount of gentle shampoo (I use baby shampoo) into the bristles. Lather, rinse, and repeat until the water runs clear.
- Disinfect. Now that your brushes are clean, it’s time to disinfect. Mix a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar in a shallow bowl. Swoosh the brush around in the bowl for a minute or two (again, trying not to submerge it fully). Rinse with fresh water.
- Dry. Reshape the bristles and lay clean brushes flat on a towel overnight to dry.
- Repeat. Clean your brushes every other week to keep the germs away from your makeup and off your skin.
When was the last time you cleaned your makeup tools (be honest!)?