If you’ve seen these little pink egg-like sponges everywhere, it’s for good reason.
Beautyblender sponges are amazing for foundation application. People (including me!) love them because they are easy to use, kind of fun, and actually do a great job with blending everything in. And it’s reusable, so that’s less waste.
But unless you’re okay with breakouts, that means taking good care of them and cleaning them regularly. Aim for at least once a week, but truth be told, I do mine after each application. Yes, it’s a lot to ask, but I break out otherwise.
I bought the Beautyblender starter kit that came along with a Blendercleanser, a gentle soy-based formula that won’t ruin the sponge, but that does remove pigments, oil, and dirt. It has a light lavender scent that does not linger on the sponge after it dries. It is also low-sudsing, which is important because rinsing the soap out of the sponge is quite a job. I have used it to clean my other makeup brushes too, and it works quite well. But, my friends, it comes with a hefty price tag. So when it runs out, I’ve got another plan.
DIY Makeup Cleanser
You don’t actually need more than a gentle dish soap or shampoo to clean your Beautyblender (you can even use my makeup brush cleanser), but avoid bar soap, bleach, or harsh cleaning agents. I’ve heard that facial cleanser works well, but if you use an expensive one, you may not want to waste it that way. In any case, the key is getting it completely rinsed. Get every last sud out of the sponge before letting it dry.
Steps to Cleaning your Beautyblender:
1. Dampen the sponge slightly. You don’t want it soaking, but you do want it moist enough to take in the soap.
2. Dab a dime-sized amount of Blendercleanser or solution onto the stained areas.
3. Massage the soap into the areas, pressing and kneading it well. Use your fingertips to really work it in there.
4. Add water and start to rinse. Squeeze the sponge rapidly and work the stains out. Keep going until the water runs clear with no suds. In my experience, this takes a long time, and with dish soap or a sudsy shampoo this will take even longer.
5. Gently roll the Beautyblender in a clean towel to remove moisture, then lay it flat to dry. (If you kept the pedestal it came with, you can set it there to dry.) That’s it!
What are your Beautyblender cleaning tips?