How To Clean Makeup Brushes, Skincare Tools & Sponges?

Every woman’s paradise is her dressing table or bathroom shelf. You can use various tools to make the magic of your beauty happen. These tools are great fun. But it is very necessary, how often do they get cleaned? Most likely, you don’t clean them enough. It’s essential for your health and the product’s safety.

Patrick Ta is an internationally renowned makeup artist and the chief empowerment officer at Patrick Ta Cosmetics. He explains that proper care and maintenance can prolong the life of your products and prevent the spread of bacteria. Here’s why he explains:

You can improve functionality by cleaning brushes, sponges, and tools.

Avoid cross-contamination

Avoid blending colors. If you have a brush that can be used for multiple colors, you risk spreading color to unwelcome places. You can prolong the life of your brushes and tools by washing them and drying them properly.

Keep reading Patrick Ta’s guide to giving your beauty products the proper care they deserve.


When to clean? Once a week.

Why? “Your brushes can pick up oil and dirt from your skin with regular use. They can also pick up bacteria and dirt if left out on your bathroom counter or in your bag. He says that this can cause skin irritation and breakouts.

How to Clean or Wash Makeup Brushes, Skincare Tools & Sponges?

Patrick Ta recommends washing them with warm water and baby soap, as it leaves little residue. You can either clean them by hand or in a small bowl. He says to rub them lightly with warm water and baby soap and then rinse.

Care for makeup brushes

You can tell when to replace them by fraying or falling apart. This is especially true if the ferrule, the metal or plastic piece that holds the bristles together, starts to rust. The bristles can become hardened, discolored, distorted, or lose their flexibility.

Patrick Ta states that it depends on your brush’s quality and how often it should be replaced. Many makeup brushes can be used, from disposable to long-lasting ones. He says that if you are serious about makeup and use it daily, you will save money by investing in high-quality makeup brushes.


When? Clean them daily if you use them every day.

Why? Because like any other product running a smooth tool (such as a Gua Sha or face roller) over your face can pick up bacteria. You’re adding bacteria to your pores if you keep using it again.

Patrick suggests that you first clean out all debris from the tools. Next, soak the tools in alcohol overnight. Rinse, then dry completely to prevent rust. He warns that there are many types of devices, so follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

How to tell if it’s time for a replacement? If the tool shows signs of rust, is it scratchy or flaking, then it’s probably time to get another one.

When to replace them? Most high-quality tools last 1-2 years.


When? Everyday.

Why? To avoid cross-contamination between skin, hands, or products, you must clean your tweezers every time you use them. It is also important not to transfer bacteria, oil, or dirt back and forth. It is also a good idea to clean them after each use.

How to Properly Clean The Tweezers at Home?

Take out any hair or skin from the tweezers. Rinse in hot water. Use alcohol to spray or soak overnight. Rinse again in hot water. Use a towel to dry thoroughly.


Patrick Ta suggests that you replace your tweezers when they become loose or dull.

When to replace them? Professional tweezers come with a lifetime warranty. They can also be returned to the manufacturer for sharpening. They will generally last several years.

How to Clean or Wash Makeup Sponges?

When to wash? Every day.

Why? “Daily cleaning allows it to function as efficiently as possible and lasts as long as possible. Your sponges will pick up oil and dirt from your skin if you use them regularly,” he says.

Use gentle motion and gently wash your makeup sponge with warm water. Patrick Ta suggests that you gently squeeze the makeup sponge into a towel to remove any excess water. It’s now ready to go!

Patrick says you can tell when it’s the right time to replace it. You’ll notice that your sponge isn’t picking up and distributing products as smoothly as you would like. If your sponge starts to turn a yellowish color, you should replace it immediately.

Patrick does not recommend replacing them every few months. It all depends on the sponge.



Saji is a concealer expert, reviewer, and makeup enthusiast. She reviewed 100+ concealers and their shades. Saji started working in the cosmetics industry when she was 21 years old, and now she is 45. With the experience of 24 years in the cosmetics industry, she is an expert at matching the concealer with skin tone.

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