How To: Really Clean Cream Products Out Of Brushes/Sponges

Hello beauties!

Today’s post is a follow up on my How to: Clean & Care For Makeup Brushes post. If you haven’t already check that post out, because cleaning your makeup brushes regularly is very important!

We all know that cream products (I’m looking at you foundation) love clinging to makeup brushes (mostly duo fibre ones) and makeup sponges (cough, beauty blender, cough).

After washing your foundation brush or beauty blender,Β you may thinkΒ it’s clean, but there is still foundation hiding in there, which is not good for the brush/sponge or your face!

So, let’s clean deep down into our foundation brushes/beauty blenders!

You will need:


Olive oil. Olive oil (and all other oils) are brilliant for getting rid of built up makeup (you generally only need it for cream products, powders are a lot easier to clean out). It works by attracting the makeup to it, because cream makeup products are generally water based and water and oil do not mix, hence it attracts it. Olive oil (and other oils) are also obviously great for removing your makeup as it breaks down the makeup on your face. Just make sure you wash your face after! Olive oil also makes an excellent hair mask (you can also use coconut oil) simply mix some with conditioner and apply to dry hair. Leave on for 30 minutes to an hour then hop in the shower and wash your hair. It will feel like silk after I promise!


1. Get your offending brush/sponge. Clean it as you normally would (I use shampoo on brushes, and soap on my beauty blender), and squeeze out excess water.


You can see a dark patch in my beauty blender after cleaning it thoroughly with soap. That is foundation in there!

2. Wet the area with olive oil and massage in with the palm of your hand and fingers. Really work it into the brush/sponge to get rid of all the makeup.


3.Β Squeeze out the sponge/brush as thoroughly as you can to get all the oil out. As oil and water repel each other, you want to get as much oil out as possible before washing it.

4. Wash your brush/sponge as normal. You may need to wash it a couple of times to ensure all the oil is out.

5. Ta-da! A nice clean brush/sponge with no hidden foundation in!


Want to see all the foundation that came out of my beauty blender with the oil? Nasty!


Here’s a before and after on my Real Techniques expert face brush. Can you see the difference?

IMG_2931I would recommend doing this to all foundation brushes and beauty blenders once a week to get rid of excess foundation and other cream products your normal brush cleanser has missed!

If you have any questions, comments or requests please leave them below.



7 thoughts on “How To: Really Clean Cream Products Out Of Brushes/Sponges

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    • kflowermaquillage says:

      Yeah olive oil is fantastic for getting rid of makeup! You can even use it to take your face makeup off. Although personally I prefer a cleansing oil, cleansing cream or micellaire water. Thank you for reading! πŸ™‚

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