Anyone who relies on using a beauty blender or a sponge puff on a regular basis may have wondered “what is the best technique for cleaning makeup sponges?” For effectively cleaning cosmetic brushes it’s another story: there are plenty of brush washing devices on the market which allow you to thoroughly remove excess makeup between the bristles of a brush without damaging the delicate fibres.
On YouTube and other social media platforms I have seen snippets of people using everything from hand soaps, clothing detergent, fash washes and sugar based scrubs on their reusable makeup applicators: some of which do the trick but don’t clean the sponges deeply enough. Furthermore you definitely don’t want to be using face scrub as you desired sponge wash; it damages the sponge causing perforations for bacteria to enter through. I urge anyone, especially those with sensitive skin, to never use clothing detergent on their face sponges: do you really want to be putting fragrances and concentrated enzymes in direct contact with your face?
Through trial and error I discovered the best way to cleanse my foundation/BB cream sponge puff. All you need is a face cleansing oil (-I usually buy ones containing grapeseed extract), some thick tissue and warm running water. This method can be also be used on flat sponges that come with foundation cushion pacts.
- Just as you would if you were using the cleansing oil on your face, you will be applying the oil onto the sponge when it is dry. Dispense two to three pumps or several drops of the cleansing oil into one hand.
- Roll the sponge around in the oil until entirely soaked.
- Gently squeeze the sponge a few times, you should already be able to see that the oil has changed colour.
- Rinse the sponge underneath warm running water: continuing to squeeze the sponge so the oil and water passes through it. Do not twist the sponge.
- After a minute or so the water draining through the sponge will be almost clear.
- With one finally squeeze remove excess water from the sponge before blotting it on thick tissue. Some makeup will transfer onto the tissue.
- Repeat the steps until no more makeup residue filters onto tissue.
- Dry the sponge in an aired area. Standing it in upside down in an egg cup is a good idea.
- Cleanse sponges once or twice a week depending on how frequently they are used. Sponges should be disposed each two to three months – once again this differs depending on their usage.