Easy ways to make your go-to makeup sponge look good as new.
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Beauty Blender -- How to Clean a Beauty Blender
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OK, let's get personal: When was the last time you cleaned your Beauty Blender? If you're anything like us, the answer is probably "can't remember" and "never." We get it—even if you have the best intentions, cleaning your makeup brushes and sponges often fall by the wayside. But it's a super important step you really shouldn't make a habit of skipping.

The good news? Getting your makeup sponge to look brand new doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming. This guide will teach you how to clean a Beauty Blender quickly and includes four equally effective cleaning methods. Choose whichever way is easiest for you to do often.

Why You Should Clean Makeup Sponges

Dirty makeup sponges are undesirable in more ways than one. First, there's the matter of hygiene. A grimy Beauty Blender or makeup sponge can be a veritable breeding ground for all kinds of germs and bacteria, which are then transferred onto your skin every time you use it. Second, that dirty sponge simply won't work as well; when it's covered in layers of your old foundation, the color of any products you're using can be affected.

Surface Method

When time is of the essence (and really, when isn't it?), the best way to clean a Beauty Blender fast is to rub it against a textured surface, says New York City makeup artist and beauty expert Neil Scibelli, who likes using the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat ($35; amazon.com)

Another option? The convenient Beautyblender Keep it Clean kit ($20; sephora.com) features a similarly textured pad that you can slip over the palm of your hand, along with the brand's liquid and solid cleansers.

Soap Method

It's going to take more than regular old H2O to get your makeup sponge squeaky clean. In other words, you're going to need some soap. Scibelli recommends the brand's two makeup sponge cleansers:

"They work like magic and remove all traces of makeup off the Beauty Blender," he says. If you're not going to opt for of the brand's dedicated cleansers, Scibelli suggests a mild shampoo or a gentle, multi-tasking liquid cleanser:



Microwave Method

Just like running dishes through the dishwasher or throwing your clothes in the washing machine, washing a makeup sponge in the microwave is a fast and easy way to get it clean with minimal effort. Not to mention that the heat from the microwave is a great way to sanitize it and kill off any germs and bacteria. Just be sure to follow these steps so that you don't end up melting your beloved Beauty Blender.



Oil Method

The concept of double cleansing is extremely popular when it comes to skincare and the same principles apply when you're thinking about cleaning your Beauty Blender. The basic principle: Oil breaks down oil. So, when you're wearing a full face of makeup, using a cleansing oil first can help dissolve the oils in that makeup more effectively. The same goes for a makeup sponge, so consider this a choice cleansing technique for especially makeup-laden sponges.



Cleaning Tips

Be Gentle With Your Beauty Blender

In theory, you should be cleaning your makeup sponge after each use (hey, it's good to set goals), so you want to be sure you know how to clean the sponge without ruining it. The key is to avoid any kind of aggressive cleansers and to treat your Beauty Blender with some extra TLC. Don't rub or scrub too vigorously and squeeze it gently whenever you're wringing it out. And when it comes time to dry, be sure you're letting it dry thoroughly in a well-ventilated area. Ideally, prop it up so that air can circulate freely around it to ensure that you're not left with any damp spots.

Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Beauty Blender

Above all, keep in mind that while regularly cleaning your sponge will help extend its longevity, these sponges aren't meant to last forever. The brand suggests replacing yours after three months of use. But, now that you know how to clean a Beauty Blender, you can feel confident that it will be in the best shape possible for those three months.