What Not To Do When Cleaning A Beauty Blender Because They Can Become Gnarly Fast

Beautyblenders have become the holy grail of makeup tools for many a makeup addict. Whether you're using it to seamlessly apply foundation, blend in concealer, or bake your face, they're basically perfect — except when you have to clean them. Knowing what not to do when cleaning a beautyblender is a true gift when it comes to caring for these durable, versatile, and essentially all-purpose face tools. Like your favorite makeup brush, your beautyblender — or other brand of sponge — is going to need upkeep, and it's imperative you keep that thing sanitary because they get gnarly real quick. Like, no joke.

Cleaning a beautyblender seems to be a relatively simple task even if it is labor intensive. With some gentle soap, water, and patience, you can get that blender looking as good as new, but there are things not to do when cleaning your makeup sponge. The myriad of videos and articles on how to complete the task reveals that cleaning the product is not as easy as it looks, and worse, what lurks inside your sponge when you clean it incorrectly.

While you might think you're cleaning your sponge effectively, deep inside, left-over product is lurking. Knowing what not to do when cleaning your fave beauty tool may just keep things a lot more sanitary for you and will also help maintain your sponge so you don't have to splurge on a new one every other day.

Here are four important things you should not do when it comes to cleaning your beautyblender or makeup sponge.

1. Do Not Wait To Wash Them

Beautyblender the original, $20, Sephora

According to Glamour 's expert , you should be cleaning your beautyblender or sponge after each use. By doing so, you'll prevent build-up from happening inside the sponge itself.

2. Do Not Forget To Soak

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $7, Ulta

Let's be honest, washing your beautyblender every day is probably not going to happen. That's why not soaking your dirty sponge is a sin. In order to remove all possible product, soak your beautyblender or sponge in a soapy solution for 30 minutes before you rinse.

3. Do Not Leave Soap Inside

Beautyblender micro.mini, $18, Sephora

While it may be time consuming, it's imperative that you don't leave soap inside your beautyblender or sponge.

4. Do Not Seal It Up

Sephora Collection The Perfectionist: Airbrush Sponge, $5, Sephora

Sealing up a damp or wet sponge is a total no go. Always leave you beautyblender or sponge in open air to dry so you can prevent bacteria from forming inside.

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