The 8 best makeup brush cleaners to purify your routine
Clean brushes, clean skin
By Briar Clark
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / August 08 2022
In the ever-expanding world of makeup, there’s always some new and exciting product launch to reinvigorate our love for play and painting faces.
And then there are the beauty purchases that are more a necessity. But just like flossing your teeth, they’re important for a reason.
One such product we would implore you to refrain from skipping out on is a decent makeup brush cleaner.
Your one safeguard against bacteria and product build-up in the tools you use on your precious face on the daily, a solid makeup brush cleanser could mean the difference between pro-level results and a Proactiv prescription.
So, put on your discerning thinking caps as beauty buyers and let us take you on a tour of some of the best brush cleaners the Internet has to offer.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Daily Brush Cleaner
If the idea of using dirty brushes literally makes your skin crawl (same), then this daily cleaner is a no-brainer. You can comfortably spritz the hell out of your used makeup brushes with wild abandon, because this stuff retails for less than $9 a pop. There’s really no good excuse for using dirty makeup brushes with this in your kit.
$9 at e.l.f. Cosmetics
With Karla Brush Defence Bundle
Aussie MUA Karla Rocuzzo is the beauty brain behind this ingenious brush cleaning bundle. Designed for on-the-go brush cleaning, this is the perfect tool kit if you’re guilty of being ‘lax with cleansing your makeup brushes regularly. Simply spritz the scented alcohol-based solution onto your brush and buff away any excess product using the peach-hued microfibre cleansing cloth. The breakout-banishing oils found in the formula will help to ensure a reduction in pesky pimples and unwanted irritation.
$56.95 at With Karla
BEAUTYBLENDER Keep.it.clean™ Kit
Beauty Blender’s solid cleanser and silicone cleansing mat is an iconic duo for cleaning makeup sponges and brushes alike. Simply douse the cleanser in water and lather up your brushes to clean, or utilise the textured silicone mat to scrub away any particularly stubborn buildup.
$28 at Sephora
MAC Cosmetics Brush Cleanser
The MUA’s choice, this pro-level brush disinfectant cleanser simultaneously cleans and conditions brushes with a formula that helps to extend the life of your brushes. A must if you’re looking to invest in any pricier makeup brush options.
$28 at MAC Cosmetics
Bobbi Brown Conditioning Brush Cleanser
Formulated with brush bristle conditioning in mind, this pick from Bobbi Brown gently washes away makeup buildup and bacteria for an effective clean that won’t break your brushes. Score!
$28 at Adore Beauty
SEPHORA COLLECTION Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner
After a budget-friendly option? This daily makeup brush cleaner is less than $15 at your local Sephora and boasts a no-rinse formula for easy on-the-go cleaning and makeup application.
$12 at Sephora
SIGMA BEAUTY SigMagic Brushampoo Brush Cleanser
If you love using Sigma brushes, then you should probably scuttle over to Sephora to snag a bottle of their natural brush cleanser. It’s formulated with coconut water to ensure the longevity of your makeup brush investments.
$31 at Sephora
MAKE UP FOR EVER Instant Brush Cleanser
This alcohol-free brush cleaner works to purify brush hairs of product buildup with no rinsing required. SImply spritz and buff away any excess product for brushes that’ll look brand new.
$35 at Sephora
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.