High-quality makeup brushes are an investment — one that, if cared for properly, will leave your face looking flawless for years to come. How you care for your tools is just as important as how you use them. Contouring is cool, but trying this technique when your brushes are covered in blemish-causing bacteria? Gross! Cleaning your brushes should be a weekly part of your beauty routine. But when soap and water won’t cut it, what are you supposed to do? There are a myriad of brush cleaners on the market — from natural liquids to convenient wipes to handy tools — not to mention tons of DIY tutorials. With all of the various formulas and videos, it can get confusing. We’re here to simplify things. Below, find out the best ways to keep your brushes (and sponges) squeaky clean and bacteria-free, just like the pros.
1. Japonesque Mini Solid Brush Cleanser with Scrubbing Pad ($10): This dynamic duo — a solid brush cleanser and textured washing pad — dissolves makeup, dirt and grime to deep clean and condition your brushes. The travel-friendly size and mess-free formula are great for the girl on-the-go. Now you have no excuse for not washing your brushes, no matter how often you travel.
3. Sephora Collection Brush It Off Cleansing Brush Wipes ($8 for six): There’s a reason we love makeup-removing wipes. They’re fast, convenient and effective. Thanks to Sephora, now brush cleaning is that easy. This set of 18 individually wrapped wipes are saturated with a non-alcohol-based formula that removes dirt, debris and caked-on makeup, so your brushes stay hygienic and ready to use whenever.
Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Pure-Castile Liquid SoapGimme Some Oven’s super simple tutorial for washing away grime, au naturel). Fans of this all natural formula include celeb makeup artist Jodie Hazlewood.
5. Artis Brush Cleaning Starter Set ($30): With such packed schedules, it can be hard to find the time to fit in a lengthy brush cleansing ritual. Not to worry! You’ll love this fast-acting foam formula and patent-pending cleaning pad. The bubbles and antimicrobial microfiber cloth cleanse, detoxify and sanitize bristles — and help them dry ASAP (literally within minutes).