Yeah buying new sponges for your powders is the best idea honestly — they are really cheap so why not! However, it’s ok to wash them too, especially if you accidentally bought the wrong shape/size sponges…which I’ve done before. Ok, so I will introduce you to the land of sanitary and hygienic makeup products. Hold my hand:
- To clean makeup brushes: There are a bunch of different ways to do this, you can use homemade concoctions (there are plenty of youtube videos on this, I like this one best because I <3 Marlena), but I prefer to use Parian Spirit on my brushes. I have tried a bunch of different makeup brush cleaners spanning prices ranges, but this system is my favorite. Using the little grid with the tub with the brush cleanser ensures super clean brushes, and they dry very fast without drying out the brush hairs. You can also soak your makeup sponges in this. You want to also make sure you’re drying the brushes brush hairs down or at an angle where the water can drip out of them — if not, it’ll get stuck in the brush handle glue. You can buy Brush Guards for this, but it’s not really necessary.
- For sponges: You can use beautyblender cleanser specifically (also doubles as a brush cleaner), or your regular brush cleaner, or your face wash. I use plain ol’ Cetaphil and then spray it damp with some brush cleaner and let them dry.
You might also want to sanitize your actual makeup once in awhile, even if you’re not using it on clients/other people. Just spraying down eyeshadows, lipsticks, powder things with some rubbing alcohol will do the job, and it won’t impact the quality of the products.