If you’ve seen these little pink egg-like sponges everywhere, it’s for good reason.
Beautyblender sponges (lovingly referred to as BB), are amazing for foundation application. People love them, they are easy to use, kind of fun to use and actually do a great job with makeup application.
The issue is that most makeup sponges are disposable and mostly we don’t think about cleaning them. But we know how important it is to clean our makeup brushes (and if you want to know how, you can check out this post on how to clean makeup brushes) and if we are reusing makeup sponges, then we had better clean them.
As we all know, dirty makeup tools lead to breakouts and uneven application, not to mention ruined tools, so cleaning is really important. The Beautyblender needs to be cleaned frequently and properly.
The important thing to keep in mind is that these need to be replaced every few months (or depending on how frequently you use them more or less often) and they can be ruined if the wrong product is used. I am always the first person to tell you about homemade solutions, so I will do my best here too.
On that note, I bought the starter kit that came along with the Blendercleanser, which is a special formula that is soy-based and won’t ruin the sponge, but will remove the pigment from makeup as well as oil and dirt. It has a gentle lavender scent which is really nice and does not linger on the sponge after it dries. I have used it to clean other brushes too, and it works quite well. It is also low-sudsing, which is actually quite important because rinsing the soap out of the sponge is quite a job. But my friends, it comes with a hefty price tag. I bought it because I know I was going to do a cleaning video on it, but I don’t know if I would have spent the dough otherwise.
DIY Beautyblender Cleanser
So when my bottle runs out, I will just use what I have at home to clean my BB. In fact, my brushes are expensive and I’ve had many for a year or two, and they are in terrific condition because I clean them often and properly. I use shampoo or my cleanser recipe and they are in amazing shape, go figure. So, here’s what I suggest if that is the route you wish to take. I would not recommend using bar soap, bleach, cleaning agents or the like. However, I know that gentle dish soap and water, shampoo and water, or the formula I made in the video which is linked above would work equally as well as their Blendercleanser. The key to this is you need to get all suds out of the sponge before letting it dry, if you manage that you are not going to harm your Beautyblender. Now I haven’t tried this, but I’ve heard people in the makeup community say that cleaning it with facial cleanser works well, but if you use an expensive facial cleanser you may not want to waste it that way. I would avoid any hard cleansers though, just a word of caution.
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. Work the stained areas well with your fingertips.
4. Add water and start to rinse. Squeeze the sponge rapidly and work the stains out during this process.
5. Keep rinsing and squeezing the sponge until you see no suds (in my experience this takes a while, and with dish soap or a sudsy shampoo this will take even longer).
6. When the water runs clear, gently roll it in a clean towel to remove moisture and then lay it flat to dry. If you kept the pedestal it came with, you can set it there to dry as well.
I’m very prone to breakouts so I wash mine after each use. But, if you are blessed with perfect skin, then you can probably get away with doing it once a week (Again, depending on frequency of use).
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to clean a Beautyblender!
What are your BB cleaning tips?