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Think of cleaning your makeup tools as an essential part of your beauty routine. Neglecting to clean your makeup tools regularly can have a significant impact on your skin.

So, if you haven’t been diligently cleaning your makeup tools, we suggest you start soon. Ahead are a few guides that’ll help you clean your make up tools well. But, first find out why you should be clean makeup tools sponges often.

Why Should You Clean Your Makeup Tools?

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Cleaning your brushes and beauty blenders should be a routine. It helps prevent the buildup of germs, oils, dead skin cells, and old makeup residue.

When you don’t clean your makeup application tools often, bacteria and dirt can build up on them. And when you use these tools again, those icky things can transfer onto your skin, clogging your pores, and causing breakouts.

Cleaning them regularly not only keeps your skin happier, it also helps your makeup go on more smoothly.

So, make it a habit to clean those brushes and sponges to keep your skin happy and glowing!

How Often Should You Clean Your Makeup Tools?

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There’s no one answer for when exactly you must wash your makeup tools. However, we suggest you to clean your face brushes used for foundations at least once a week and other brushes, like those for eyes or highlighter, every two weeks.

Yes, it might feel like a chore at first, and nobody likes doing chores, but it’s crucial if you want to avoid having regular breakouts. So, take a little time to wash your them, and you’ll notice the difference in how your makeup looks and your skin feels!

Do Not Use Dish Soap To Clean Makeup Tools

One TikToker demonstrated how she used dish soap to wash her beauty sponges. Although there are a number of commenters who say they do the same, we advise against this method.


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Using dish soap to wash your makeup brushes is not ideal because it contains harsh chemicals specifically designed for cleaning dishes and removing grease from kitchenwares, not for your face brushes or beauty blenders!

These strong chemicals can be harsh for your skin, leading to irritation and dryness. If you don’t thoroughly wash and dry them well, the soap residue can remain, further aggravating your skin.

Which is why, it is safer to use products that are specifically made for cleaning your makeup application tools.

Best Makeup Tool Cleansers To Try

There are plenty of makeup tool cleansers and soaps available to keep your sponges and brushes sparkling clean and always ready to slay your beauty game! Here are a few options that would be totally worth investing in.

SigMagic Brushampoo Foam Brush Cleanser

Get your hands on this natural brush cleanser that swiftly deep-cleans your brushes with its foam formula, enhancing both your skin and makeup application. The foam formula works its magic, providing a thorough cleanse while also preserving the longevity of your precious brush collection.

The SigMagic Brushampoo Foam Brush Cleanser retails for S$31 on Sephora


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This TikToker uses the SigMagic Brushampoo Foam Brush Cleanser to clean her beauty blender.

Here’s how she does it: she sprays a few pumps of the liquid into the water containing all her dirty beauty blenders, and lets them soak for a while.

After that, she thoroughly cleans and squeezes out the soap from the beauty blenders. It’s an easy and effective way to keep her beauty blenders clean and ready to use.

Blendercleanser Solid Charcoal Sponge & Brush Cleanser

This latex-free beauty blender and brush cleanser takes care of your brushes and beauty blenders just like how you care for your delicate skin.

This travel-friendly cleanser comes with a silicone scrubbing pad and a soap that makes it a breeze to clean multiple products at once. Oh, and the delightful hint of lavender scent from the soap gives your makeup tools a pleasant fragrance.

The Blendercleanser Solid Charcoal Sponge & Brush Cleanser retails for S$30 on Sephora


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In this video, Tiktoker @bilintinamakeup uses the Blendercleanser Solid Charcoal Sponge & Brush Cleanser to clean her both her makeup brushes and beauty blenders. Although this cleaning method is time-consuming, it ensures your makeup tools are clean, therefore minimising dreaded breakouts.

Sigma Beauty Express Brush Cleaning Mat

This handy silicone mat is here to help you swirl away all the product build-up, oil, and dirt from your brushes, giving you better skin and makeup application.

Just stick it to your sink, lather up with your cleanser, and glide your brush against the special textures for a gentle yet thorough cleanse. Plus, it’s safe to use as it’s made of high-grade silicone and contains no harmful substances like latex, BPA, or lead.

So, get ready to enjoy clean and fresh brushes hassle-free!

The Sigma Beauty Express Brush Cleaning Mat retails for S$47 on Sephora

Make Up For Ever Instant Brush Cleanser

This alcohol-free brush cleanser clean your makeup brushes quickly without needing to rinse and it dries on the spot.

So, your brushes are ready to use again immediately. Its odorless and non-greasy formula effortlessly dissolves even the toughest waterproof and highly pigmented products, leaving your brushes fresh and clean for your next makeup session.

The Make Up For Ever Instant Brush Cleanser retails for S$34 on Sephora

MAC Brush Cleanser

This product effectively cleans and removes makeup build-up from your brushes, ensuring they stay in top-notch condition.

To use, apply the cleanser directly onto your brush or on a towel. Then, gently run the brush along a towel until it no longer distributes any makeup remnants. With its short drying time, your brushes will be ready to use again in no time.

The MAC Brush Cleanser retails for S$39 on Sephora

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