How to avoid breakouts from your makeup brushes and sponges February 10 2015, 0 Comments

By Trelsie Trotman 

Cleanse your brushes often

Cleaning your brushes prevents an over load of bacteria which can lead to breakouts.  Great cleansers for makeup brushes are: 

  • Bronner’s line of soaps- Especially the Tea Tree soap because it has Tea tree oil in it which is an antibacterial agent; the soaps also work up a great lather which is good for locking away pathogens up and washing them away!
  • L.F Daily Brush cleaner- This cleaner is inexpensive and all that is required is spraying it on your brushes. It is also an antibacterial disinfect spray and very affordable.
  • Sephora’s Master cleanse Daily Brush Cleaner- It is a conditioning disinfecting brush cleaner. This brush cleaner does leave your brushes smelling weird after using it which made me give it away to my sister because she didn’t mind it and it runs for about $9 for each bottle.
  • Johnson and Johnson baby soap (or any generic baby soap brand)- Johnson and Johnson soaps are very mild soaps, they smell lovely and they run for around $2-10 depending on the size of the bottle and where you get it from. This brand also caters to sensitive skin because it is for babies and the smell isn’t irritating to the nose.
  • Oils (Olive, Almond, Coconut)- Oils Help loosen up hard residues in your brushes like eyeliner, or dried up foundation.  The oils should be strictly for the brushes and not sponges. Just get a bowl pour some oils into it and dab your brush in it to loosen up whatever residue or build up it has. Then proceed to washing it.

What you’ll need to cleanse your brushes

  1. Soap (liquid or bar)
  2. A bowl
  3. Oil (optional)
  4. Small Towel

*Tip: Using soap is better than using a spray because I feel like you’re actually cleaning the crud, dead cells and bacteria out. It’s also less expensive and more effective.

For Brushes and Sponges

  1. Get a bowl and pour some oils into it and dab your brush in it to loosen up whatever residue or build up it has. THIS PROCESS IS STRICTLY FOR BRUSHES ONLY @
  2. Then proceed to washing it with soap. A bar of soap makes this process easier and faster because all you have to do is swirl the brush all over the soap bar and create lather. Liquid soap is fine also, so grab a bowl pour some in and swish your brushes in them.  For Sponges Liquid soap is better, Just pour some liquid soap on top of a wet sponge and squeeze it to make lather. Continue this process of washing until the water runs clear when rinsing the sponges and brushes off.
  3. At this point you should be done cleansing the brushes and sponges. Run your fingers firmly however gently down the shaft of the hairs on the brushes to get excess water off.  Then pick up your sponges and squeeze them to remove excess water, you can squeeze them as hard as you want.
  4. Lastly Grab a towel from the bathroom and lay your brushes and sponges down to dry. DO NOT play with the hairs of your brushes while they are drying or this can cause them to look disoriented.


*All products being mentioned are inexpensive