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As you’ll typically learn early on when taking a makeup artist course online, if there’s something you really can’t do without, it’s your blenders. That said, they do clog up pretty easily with makeup products and if you don’t know how to clean them properly, you can end up having to spend more than you want on continually replacing them.

However, there are some simple hacks out there to help save you money and today we’re going to be covering five of them. We’re sure you’ll find a tip or two that might help you along the way and make you a better, more efficient makeup artist. So, if you’re ready, let’s get started with those hacks.

Tip #1 - Sterilise Them In the Microwave:

When cleaning your blenders, they must be sterilised, and interestingly, a good way to make sure they are is to use a microwave - the kind you’d find in most kitchens. Using a microwavable container, a little washing up liquid and enough water to cover the sponge, you should cook it on 100% for around 30 seconds. Then, all that’s left is to rinse it out and leave it out to dry.

Tip #2 - Clean Them With Some Hair Shampoo:

When making that career change to enter the beauty industry, you’ll pick up many hacks along the way and another one for cleaning your blenders is to use regular mild hair shampoo. Simply run the sponge under some lukewarm water and add two small drops of shampoo and rub it in. After that, rinse it all away (ensuring none of it’s left inside) and leave it to dry.

 Tip #3 - Rub With a Cleansing Pad:

Surface debris can be removed with your palms, but often they’re too smooth to do the job effectively, so something more textured is better - something like a cleansing pad from your makeup table. Rubbing the entire surface with one will ensure that you’re able to get the exterior properly cleaned without causing any damage to the delicate surface. 

Tip #4 - Use Standard Washing Powder:

While it might not seem like an obvious thing to do, using boiling water and laundry detergent can be an effective way to get your blenders spotless. That said, if you are going to use this method, it’s so important to make sure it’s 100% free of the detergent before you go using it to apply eye makeup or anything else for a client. Perhaps try it on a single blender and see how you get on?

Tip #5 - Use Specialist Puff Sponge Cleaner:

The first four tips we’ve given you have involved using household equipment and products, but our last is to use something that’s designed to do the job - puff sponge detergent. As a makeup artist, you’ll need to weigh up the cost of products like these against cheaper options, but at around $4-$5 Aus for a bottle, it’s not exactly going to break your business budget.

Develop Your Skills At a Pace That’s Right For You

Knowing how to keep your blenders clean is just one part of many things you’ll need to learn to become a successful makeup artist. However, you shouldn’t be put off from trying, as learning is easier than ever thanks to makeup artist course online training like our Makeup Artist Fundamentals Certificate that’s both CPD-approved and created in conjunction with top industry experts.

To find out more about this or any of the wide variety of professional training we offer, you should visit us today at There you will see details of our easy payment options, as well as how our training is video-based, making it one of the most engaging and stimulating ways to develop your professional skills.

If however, you’d prefer to speak to us directly about your training needs, all you need to do is give us a call on 1300 611 404 and we’ll do everything we can to help. 

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