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Why you need to know how to clean a beauty blender like a pro

how to clean a beauty blender

The tools we use to apply our makeup are integral in the appearance and finish of the product. This means ensuring we are caring for our beloved beauty brushes, pencils and blenders is of utmost importance. Once of the aforementioned tools – the beauty blender – does need a little extra TLC in order to work at its best, every time its employed. Here, we break down how to clean a beauty blender and why this should be a regular occurrence after use.

Why do I need to clean my beauty blender?

Much like your makeup brushes, over time you need to clean your beauty blender. Not only will this help ensure your application is seamless and product gives off its intended finish, there’s also the practical side to consider. Dirty blenders can potentially harm skin as the harbour a build up of bacteria and moisture. This, in turn, can contribute to breakouts and skin irritation, especially if you are using the blender each day. 

How often should it be cleaned?

Ideally, all makeup brushes and blenders should be cleaned after each use. However, if we’re being realistic, we know that this isn’t happening for most of us. As an alternative, once a week clean is an ideal happy medium for cleaning your beauty blender. Consider making it part of a weekly beauty and skincare routine: while you wait for your face mask to be ready to rinse off on a Sunday evening, wash your beauty blender to pass the time. 

How do I clean my beauty blender? 

There are three common methods to clean a beauty blender: Using soap and water, soaking it, or leaving it in the washing machine. Here, we’ll run you through how to execute the three. 

Method 1: Cleaning your beauty blender with soap and water

The simplest method, this only requires soap and water which most households will already house. Whether you employ a liquid or bar soap is up to you as either will work swimmingly. 

Step 1: Wet the sponge

Hold your blender under water until its size expands

Step 2: Add in soap 

If you have selected a liquid soap, squeeze it directly onto the sponge and work it in by massaging the blender with your fingers, or agains the palm of your hand. If using a bar soap, rub the beauty blender on top of the soap to work up a lather. 

Step 3: Rinse the beauty blender

After getting your sponge nice and soapy, rinse it under water. Ensure you squeeze it while doing so to ensure no soap remains inside. 

Method 2: Soak the blender 

If your beauty blender is significantly dirty, well-loved and simply no longer the colour it was when it was initially purchased, the soak method is the way to go. 

Step 1: Prepare the soak 

In a small bowl, mix water with liquid soap and if you are extra concerned with killing bacteria, boil the water. 

Step 2: Soak 

Place the beauty blender into the soak and leave it for up to five minutes. This process loosens and breaks down the makeup, helping with the overall cleaning process. 

Step 3: Spot clean 

After you have left it to soak, give the beauty blender a squeeze or two to squish the sop through. Then, add a little more soap to any areas needing extra concentration and massage in the palm of your hand. 

Step 4: Rinse and dry 

After spot checking, rinse the beauty blender and leave it to dry on a piece of paper towel. 

Method 3: Washing Machine 

For those who use multiple beauty blenders, this is the method for you: efficient and simple. 

Step 1: Gather tools 

For the washing machine method, you will need a hosiery bag. Once acquired, gather your beauty blenders and place them in the bag, then proceed to place the bag in an empty washing machine. 

Step 2: Run the wash 

Add relevant liquid or powder washing substances and run on a gentle cycle. 

Step 3: Dry your beauty blenders

Once removed from the wash, keep your beauty blenders in the hosiery bag and hang from a clothes line to air dry. 

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