9 Easy Ways To Get Your Makeup Brushes Squeaky Clean

There will always be responsibilities we hold off doing until the very last minute, like folding that pile of laundry or doing our taxes. When it comes to our beauty routines, there's one chore that's as important as it is easy to ignore: cleaning our makeup brushes. But consistently washing your tools is a great way to avoid breakouts and get the best makeup application, so now's the time.

Generally speaking, you don't need anything fancy to get the job done. Many makeup artists simply use antibacterial dish soap after each client, though most pros say gentle, unscented soap is fine for personal brushes. Use lukewarm water and a drop of soap, then massage your wet brush or sponge before rinsing. You can remove excess water by squeezing it in a clean towel, then reshape and lie it flat to dry. Never soak your brushes or dry them upright, both of which can make bristles fall out faster.

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Yes, this takes time and effort, but luckily, we've noticed that with the right product for your lifestyle, the task gets a little easier. To help, we've rounded up the best cleaners for different uses and budgets, ahead.

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For Everyday Use

If you're dedicated to the wash game, this liquid cleanser is gentle and effective enough for everyday use.
Beautyblender liquid blendercleanser$13.00 Buy

For Conditioning


Older, dry brushes need TLC, too. This bestselling formula doesn't just clean brush fibers, it also conditions them so they last longer.
MAC Brush Cleanser$17.00 Buy

For A Deeper Clean


Brushes and sponges are bacteria traps, so if you're breaking out and don't know why, try cleaning your brushes more often. This foam doesn't just promise to cleanse with each use, it also sanitizes.
Artis Brush Cleansing Foam$25.00 Buy
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For Travel


Say goodbye to leaky bottles in your carry-on: This solid formula comes in a portable case.
e.l.f Solid Brush & Sponge Cleanser$4.00 Buy

For A Quick Clean


Consider this spray like a dry shampoo for your brushes. A quick spritz cleans your brush so you can switch between products.
Bare Minerals Makeup Brush Cleaner Spray$18.00 Buy

For Eyeshadows


Unless you have an extensive eyeshadow brush collection, experimenting with colors often means running out of brush real estate before the look is done. This clever dry sponge removes powder from brushes without the need for water.
Fenty Beauty DRY BRUSH-CLEANING SPONGE$18.00 Buy

For Eco-Friendly Cleansing


This under-$10 pick is made with effective, plant-based ingredients and is packaged in a bottle made from 40% recycled plastic.
EcoTools Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo$7.99 Buy

For Quick, No-Rinse Washing


Spray this pro favorite into bristles, wipe clean, and you're all set.
Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner$30.00 Buy
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For Fine Tuning


When the palm of your hand and a little soap just isn't getting makeup loose, this silicone mat has seven different textures to get between bristles.

Sigma Express Brush Cleaning Mat$29.00 Buy
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