The 8 Best Tools to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

From deep-cleans to quick color swaps, these innovative tools have got all your brush-cleaning needs covered.  Keep scrolling to see our top picks for grime and bacteria-free primping (and trust us, they make a difference). 

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blendercleanser solid by beautyblender ($16)

If you have a beautyblender (or any makeup sponge, for that matter), you may wonder if you’re doing something wrong when attempting to clean it but see so much makeup still in the sponge. Good news—look no further for your cure-all. This solid soap from the cult-coveted brand literally removes every trace of makeup and gunk from your sponges in close to no time at all (and it's surprisingly foolproof to master). 


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Lilumia Brush Cleanser ($159)

If you don’t play games when it comes to bacteria or leftover product in your brushes, this device is for you. Holding up to six brushes at a time, the cleanser is ultimately a washing machine for your brushes, using a rotating mechanism (with soap and water) to whisk away makeup and grime without damaging the bristles of handles. The best part? The job is done in just 15 minutes. 


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Sephora Collection Color Switch by Vera Mona Brush Cleaner ($18)

Forget needing multiple different brushes when doing your makeup. This innovative, instant brush cleaner (it’s used dry) removes powder pigment formulas from your brushes quickly and easily—you just swirl the brush around the coarse sponge—for your fastest application yet. 


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Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat ($32)

The definition of a one-stop-shop when it comes to cleaning your brushes, this mat is designed to suction to your sink while its seven different textures (each type of brush needs a different surface) deep-clean your brushes. Plus, this mat isn’t only for deep cleaning—you can choose your level of cleansing depending on your need, so you can also do a simple wash or refining.


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EcoTools Makeup Brush Cleansing Cloths ($7)

These mess-free wipes remove surface makeup and oil from your brushes in a few swipes. Perfect for on-the-go use (in case you forget one of your brushes and need to use one twice), or for a daily cleanse (as makeup artists suggest), these are a perfect solution for a water-free refresh whenever your brushes need one. 


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Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner Pro Starter Kit ($24)

An industry favorite because of its ability to melt away all traces of makeup (including creams, pigments, waxes and powders), this cleanser can tackle anything your kit throws its way without a single drop of water. Just pour the cleanser into the tin enough to dip a quarter of the way up the brush bristles and wipe clean. 


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Éminence Organics Natural Brush Cleanser ($18)

For a chemical-free and natural approach to cleaning your brushes, reach for this natural spray cleanser to do the job just as well. Plus, this one sports a coconut scent that will leave you hooked. 


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Sigma Dry’n Shape Tower Face & Eyes ($49)

A scary but true fact: We’ve been drying our brushes wrong this whole time. To keep bacteria from festering in our freshly cleansed brushes, it’s best to hang them upside down to drain all of the excess water out. This tower holds up to 24 eye brushes and 20 face brushes (and disassembles easily) to properly dry and shape your whole collection.