Top Beauty Cleaners To Revive Your Makeup Brushes

(Photo : Vecteezy / Marcelo Moreira)

Keeping makeup brushes clean is essential for maintaining healthy skin and ensuring your makeup application is flawless.

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes and Sponges

Daily surface cleaning is crucial, but it does not replace a thorough deep clean. For the best results, rinse the brush bristles under lukewarm water, making sure to avoid getting the handle and ferrule wet. 

Use a gentle shampoo or a dedicated makeup brush cleaner, and swirl the brush in the cleanser on your palm. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary. After cleaning, reshape the brush head, and lay it flat to dry with the bristles over the edge of a counter to prevent mildew.

Recommended Cleaners for Your Beauty Tools

Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner

This professional-grade cleaner by Cinema Secrets is quick-drying and rinse-free and kills 99.99% of bacteria. Ideal for both natural and synthetic brushes, it cleans, conditions, and deodorizes, leaving no oily residue.

Sephora Collection Daily Brush Cleaner

Sephora's Daily Brush Cleaner is an alcohol-free, quick-drying spray that conditions and protects brushes. It contains grapefruit, lemon, and tea tree oils, making it perfect for daily use between deep cleans. It is also vegan and cruelty-free.

MAC Cosmetics Brush Cleanser

Known for its effectiveness, this cleanser by MAC Cosmetics works quickly to remove debris and condition bristles. It can be applied directly to the brush or onto a towel and rubbed to clean. The formula helps condition bristles while thoroughly cleaning them. This product is a longtime favorite among makeup artists for its reliable performance.

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel

This gel-like cleanser lathers well, rinses easily, and effectively removes powder residue. Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel is alcohol-free, making it gentle on brushes. Pairing well with brush-cleaning mats will ensure a deep clean. The lightweight formula makes it a convenient choice for regular use.

EcoTools Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo

Gentle and budget-friendly, this plant-based shampoo by EcoTools is ideal for sensitive skin. It is free of harsh chemicals and fragrances, making it suitable for a weekly deep clean. A little goes a long way, so it is cost-effective. This shampoo ensures your brushes are clean without causing irritation.

By using these top-rated brush cleaners and maintaining a regular cleaning routine, you can extend the life of your brushes and ensure a smoother makeup application.