Would you believe that our makeup brushes can gather more germs and bacteria than our toilet brush? Talk about ewww! There is a real need to clean our brushes periodically as our skin deserves the best. Plus, washing makeup brushes prevents colors from mixing together when you switch shades. The thing is, regular soaps and shampoos just don't make the cut.
Many makeup brands now have their own brush cleansers, but it can be difficult to sort through all the choices. Fret not, as we've picked out the best of the best when it comes to makeup brush cleaners! We've also carefully crafted a buying guide to help you select the right product to keep your trusty (and often expensive) brushes in tip-top shape.
Amazon's top-performing makeup brush cleaners range from liquids to machines, but they all can make the rather tedious process of washing your brushes more interesting and efficient!
|Size||9 x 4 x 12 inches|
|Accessories included||Spinner, charging station, rubber collars, bowl, cleanser|
|Size||3.9 x 0.98 inches|
|Accessories included||Suction cup|
|Accessories included||Mat, case|
|Size||7.9 x 5 inches|
|Accessories included||Brush cleaning egg|
|Size||10 x 10 x 14 inches|
|Size||3.1 x 1.3 x 3.1 inches|
Makeup Brush Shampoo
Makeup Brush Cleaner
Brush Cleaning Mat
Makeup Brush Cleaner
Solid Lavender Blendercleanser
Brush Cleaning Gel
Detox Professional Brush Cleanser
Makeup Brush Drying Rack
Makeup Brush Cleaner Device
Color Removal Sponge
|Features||An Eco-Friendly Makeup Brus...||A Complete Brush Cleaning S...||A Must-Have Silicone Makeup...||The Quick-Drying, No-Rinse ...||Spot-Clean Brushes and Beau...||An Alcohol-Free, Dermatolog...||Give Your Brushes a Profess...||No More Troubles with Dryin...||Clean Multiple Brushes in J...||A Quick, Easy Way to Clean ...|
|Type||Liquid||Machine||Silicone mat||Liquid||Soap bar||Gel||Spray||Drying rack||Machine||Sponge|
|Size||6 oz||9 x 4 x 12 inches||3.9 x 0.98 inches||4 oz||1 oz||5.1 oz||4 oz||7.9 x 5 inches||10 x 10 x 14 inches||3.1 x 1.3 x 3.1 inches|
|Accessories included||-||Spinner, charging station, rubber collars, bowl, cleanser||Suction cup||-||Mat, case||-||No||Brush cleaning egg||-||Case|
It's no wonder people are confused when choosing a particular makeup brush cleaner with all the kinds available in the market today! We've broken it down by type and explained what you should look for to purchase the best cleaner.
If you're looking for a cleaning liquid, we recommend keeping the following considerations in mind. The liquid must give your brushes a deep clean while being gentle enough on the bristles. You don't want a product to damage your precious tools!
When it comes to the ingredients of a liquid brush cleaner, look for gentle ingredients. Both your brush and your skin are sensitive and deserve the best. There are plant-based products that incorporate aloe vera and other natural ingredients. An effective product can still have gentle or soothing qualities!
Seek cleansers that are also dermatologist-tested, free from parabens, fragrances, phthalates, or sulfates. These types of cleaners will be safe to use for your brushes and won't irritate sensitive skin.
When we use our brushes, our skin's natural oils often get transferred to the bristles. Imagine that getting reapplied onto your skin during the next use! Cleaning our brushes regularly with a product that removes oil takes care of this problem.
Citric acid is a common ingredient used by brush cleansers and is a well-known cleaning agent that can get rid of oil.
We want to ensure that our cleaner offers a deep clean all the way to the center bristles that often go unnoticed. Go for cleaning solutions that can remove residue through and through.
If you're always on the go and a sink is not always readily available, a rinse-free or quick-dry formula can also be helpful in ensuring that your brushes stay bacteria-free.
Beyond cleaning liquids, there are also silicone or plastic mats. These have many textures on the surface and were created to make the process of washing your brushes more convenient.
The protruding grooves work at getting between the bristles for a deeper clean. Simply wet your brush, apply a cleaning liquid, and swipe it across the mat.
The silicon pads often come with suction cups so they can easily stick to the sink during washing. There are also rubber cleaning gloves you can wear if you prefer having more control during washing.
Drying is a crucial step in brush cleaning as it ensures that your tool will grab products correctly and apply them evenly. It also minimizes bacteria growth that can occur when storing damp bristles.
A drying rack keeps your brushes in the right position which eliminates any remaining liquid away from the handle and promotes air circulation through the hairs. Some racks double as a stand to keep your brushes organized during makeup application.
Lastly, we have cleaning machines. These are like tiny washing machines for your brushes! These products are best for those who use makeup frequently. Machines offer a quick and easy way to keep your brushes clean and in pristine condition.
They often come with a drying function, so all you have to do is add water and a little cleaning solution. Higher-end models can even clean multiple brushes in one go! Just keep in mind that they require a bit more maintenance and take up counter space.
We might think that brushes only pick up makeup and can be stored in their plastic case or wrapped in a tissue paper in our kits, but that practice has been proven to be highly unhygienic. Here are a few more tips to keep in mind when it comes to brush maintenance.
Foundation and concealer brushes should be cleaned once a week at least. This includes sponges or beauty blenders. As for other brushes less used, twice a month is recommended.
However, the rule of thumb is to wash as often as possible for the tools most used. Plus, many people wash their brushes to avoid makeup application mishaps from residual product. For example, switching from a dark brown to a pink eyeshadow without washing in between will likely leave you with a muddy color on your eyelid!
It might seem tempting to throw our brushes in the dishwasher or washing machine. After all, they both clean other things in our homes. However, this can lead to disappointment.
You'll likely end up overheating your brush bristles and the glue attaching them to the handle. Plus, certain materials, like wood or plastic, may warp or break. You'll be left with a destroyed brush!
A pro tip: after rinsing your brushes, remold them into their original shape to keep them working properly. A quick squeeze here and there should do the trick! This step also helps lengthen the life of your tools, especially for expensive brushes.
It can also loosen the glue holding the bristles in place and cause shedding. Letting water into the barrel of the handle without thorough drying can also result in a foul smell. Yuck!
Read on for other cosmetics and skincare topics, such as the best makeup removers or foundation brushes currently on the market. Let's face it, there's always room for more quality products in our collections!
Using our top ten list and buying guide, we hope you're motivated to clean your brushes! We know it's a chore, but it's important to do considering how dirty they can get. Make sure to pick a product that's gentle and effective and you'll be good to go.
Luck is on our side as we can easily click a button, wait a few days, and our soon-to-be-favorite cleaner will be ours. You can look forward to having squeaky clean brushes!
Author: Hana Otsuka
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