When make-up sponges and brushes are clean, make-up will not only look better and be easier to apply, but you'll also get fewer breakouts since bacteria won't fester in them.

Remember the joy of breaking out new make-up? Whether its a new compact powder, foundation, eye-shadow, or blusher, it slid on effortlessly and your skin looked really, really good that day. But with all good things, it didn’t last very long, did it?

After a few short days, you wonder — was it real? Or did you just dream of that one great make-up day? No, you’re not loony. There’s a very simple reason behind this phenomena.

It’s not so much the new make-up that made you looked better, but the new, clean applicator that came with it.

All make-up adheres much better to a clean sponge than one that’s caked-up. This caking-up occurs on the surface of the sponge when you combine water (sweat) and oil (sebum) with make-up. Once its caked up, the surface of the applicator becomes very non-porous, and it can’t grab onto the make-up as well as it used to.

Here’s the best (and most frugal way) to clean your make-up sponges and brushes.

What you’ll need: Some dishwashing liquid. Running water.

How to do it: Take a few drops of dishwashing liquid (this works best to strip the oils). Use your fingers to work the suds in and wash till the water runs clear. Air dry on a clean tissue paper thoroughly before use. To speed things up, you can use a hair dryer.

Why do it: You’ll look better. More make-up will adhere to your sponges or brushes if they’re clean and porous.

With powder and foundation, this gives a much smoother finish, better coverage, and even coloring. With blusher and eye-shadows, colors will look brighter even when applied lightly.

And with clean sponges and brushes, your make-up will not only look better and be easier to apply, but you’ll also get fewer zits and break-outs since bacteria won’t fester in them.