«First soak your sponge in a soapy solution to loosen and break up makeup,» says celebrity makeup artist Kathy Jeung. «Squish the solution through, then spot-clean, rinse thoroughly, and air-dry.»
This technique is actually a classic cleaning trick for regs household sponges. But does it work the same for Beauty Blenders and makeup sponges alike? Dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D., weighs in.
Storage of Your Clean Makeup Sponge. Once you have a nice clean sponge you’ll want to store it properly, don’t be tempted to throw it into your makeup bag or a drawer where it can get damaged, or to put it in a closed container where germs can breed. It needs to be kept in a cool dry place where air can circulate and the sponge can breathe.
If you want a perfect base, the sponge is the way to go. But, being sponges, they can get nasty over time. Taking the time to clean makeup sponges is critical to make sure they are safe to use on your face. And as a bonus, if you always clean makeup sponges when you use them, they tend to …
How to Clean a Makeup Sponge. 1. Wet: Run the sponge under warm water. Make sure it gets fully soaked. 2. Lather: Using a few drops of mild soap or gentle shampoo (we love using baby shampoo for this!), and work any product out of the sponge with your fingers. You may need to repeat this a few times if you haven’t cleaned your sponge in a while. 3.