Powerful Makeup Brush Cleaners To Keep Your Tools In Shape

If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes— or if you’re the type to buy a new brush to avoid the brush cleaning process— it’s time to buckle down and wash your brushes. Did you know clean makeup brushes create a more seamless makeup look and allow your products to function properly? Yes, it’s true. Have you ever tried blending concealer with a soiled brush? Don’t recommend it. 

However, the most crucial reason to properly clean your brushes is to minimize outbreaks caused by the bacteria packed into the bristles from all of the liquid, powder, and cream products you use on your face on a regular basis. Up for the task? Here are 11 makeup brush cleaners that will restore your brushes to like-new condition.

CINEMA SECRETS

The creme de la creme of all makeup brush cleaners comes courtesy of Cinema Secrets. Beloved by makeup artists and obsessives alike, this brush cleaner quickly removes build-up from brushes without leaving a greasy residue behind.

MAC COSMETICS

After a while, certain cleansers can shorten your brush’s lifespan. Luckily, MAC’s brush cleanser does the complete opposite while also conditioning the brush hairs to ensure each makeup application is flawless.

SEPHORA COLLECTION

If each day starts with a fresh makeup beat, each day should end with a clean brush. Sephora Collection’s brush cleaner comes in the form of a spray so you can clean in between looks.

ELF COSMETICS

The best part about using E.l.f Cosmetics’ brush shampoo is how well it lathers, so you know your brushes are getting a goodclean regardless of how much effort you put in.

RICRIS

Streamline your makeup brush cleaning process with this tiny device. Simply dip your dirty brush in the bowl, turn on the spinner, discard the dirty water, and repeat.

AOA STUDIO

Believe it or not, the majority of inventory in the Miss A shop costs anywhere from $1 to $2, including its best-selling brush soap. Unlike other cleansers, the soap is housed in a small can but the results are astounding. Swirl your brush in the soap, rinse, and watch the magic happen.

DAWN DISH LIQUID

Yes, your typical antibacterial soap works just as well as the other brush cleaners on the market. Rest assured that your brushes will be free of all dirt and gunk, as well as any bacteria it may have accumulated over time.

ECOTOOLS

There are a lot of things to love about the Eco Tools brush shampoo, from the plant-based ingredients to fragrance-free formula. This cleanser brings your brushes back to their original state and is hypoallergenic to prevent any irritation.

REAL TECHNIQUES

A trusted brush cleanser from the brand with tried-and-true affordable brushes, the gel formula gives your brushes a deep clean without altering the bristles.

BEAUTYBLENDER

For a gentle cleanser tailored made for your beauty sponges, beautyblender created the perfect solution. This compact soap removes product build up as you massage the soap into your tools to provide a gentle but deep clean.

SIGMA BEAUTY

Free of any harsh chemicals, this hypoallergenic brush shampoo produces a good lather that coats each bristle with soap to remove the most stubborn dirt and pigment.

FAQs

Why do I need a brush cleaner?

You want to treat your brushes with the same level of attention you give your face, especially since brushes are directly applied to the skin. Cleaning your makeup brushes removes dirt and build-up that lead to acne scars and bacteria. A clean brush prevents breakouts and makes your makeup application process seamless. 

How do you wash your brushes?

Along with the aforementioned brush cleaners, investing in a brush mat helps to ensure your brushes are being properly cleansed. Most mats are designed with different sections for varying brush sizes. For liquid brush cleaners, it’s best to pour the product directly into the brush, saturate the bristles, and then use the mat to get hard-to-reach areas. After rinsing, repeat the process until your brushes return to their natural state.

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6 Ways to Make Your Foundation Look Like a Second Skin

Parisian makeup artist Violette’s top secret for how to apply foundation? Execute it without a trace. “I want people to say, ‘Oh my god, your skin looks amazing!’ not, ‘Your foundation is so great,'” she explains. And while finding the perfect formula is half the battle, once you have it, making like Houdini and ensuring it vanishes into your complexion is just as crucial. Here, three in-demand makeup artists share their fine-tuned tips for how to apply foundation and achieve that ever-elusive, second-skin finish.

Create a Glowing Canvas

Clean and moisturized skin is a no-brainer, but to really supercharge your glow, begin with a hydrating mask and follow it up with a lymphatic facial massage. When makeup artist Nina Park works with clients such as Zoë Kravitz and Bella Hadid, she begins with a sheet mask specifically targeted to their skin type, with ingredients such as rose to combat oiliness, aloe to treat dryness, and green tea to soothe inflammation. After masking, gently massage your moisturizer into the skin to boost circulation and reduce puffiness. “It creates a natural flush that makes the face look more awake,” says makeup artist Kira Nasrat, who helps give Jessica Alba that perpetually luminous complexion.

Prime as Needed

To prime or not to prime? It’s an eternal question for amateurs and pros alike. While Violette typically skips the extra base step in the interest of using as little product as possible, when applied correctly, it can prolong foundation for all-day wear. “I use an anti-shine primer for hotspots like the forehead, hairline, sides of nose, and around the mouth, and then a sheer, illuminating one for the tops of the cheekbones,” explains Park, adding that she applies each with her fingertips.

Apply From the Center and Move Outward

Only apply foundation where it’s really necessary, insists Violette, who counts Estée Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Foundation with SPF 45 among her favorites. “Start in the center of the face, on the apples of the cheeks, and slowly blend out,” she instructs, adding that another key part of the face is the area around the mouth, which is prone to yellow undertones and shadows. To ensure the foundation looks as natural as possible, Violette often skips the bridge of the nose—letting freckles show through for those who have them—and the corners of the nostrils, so the pigment doesn’t cling to dry patches.

Don’t Paint, Buff

No matter what tool you’re using—a foundation brush, a BeautyBlender, or your fingers—buff (or bounce, if you’re using a sponge) the foundation into your skin as opposed to “painting” it on to build coverage smoothly and avoid streakiness, says Park.

Strobe Wherever the Sun Hits

For dimension, blend highlighter into the high planes of the face that catch light naturally, such as the cheekbones, temples, and Cupid’s bow. “I’m not a fan of powder highlighters because it looks a bit fake to me,” says Violette. “Creamy balm textures will give you a dewiness as if you’re not wearing any products.”

Blot, Then Set

First, sop up excess oil with blotting papers. Then, look to a featherweight translucent powder to seal in foundation and prevent unwanted sheen. “Use a brush to apply it very lightly and only to the areas that get the most shiny,” says Nasrat, adding that the leftover luster is what will really drive home that second-skin guise. Silky smooth and even-toned, with just the right amount of lit-from-within dewiness, that’show you execute believably perfect skin.

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BeautyBlender Alternatives

By now we’ve all heard of THE Beauty Blender – the magic sponge for flawless makeup. Since it came out in 2007 (13 years ago) there definitely appeared many alternatives at competitive prices.

Some of my personal favourites are:

EcoTools Total Perfecting Blender $4.99
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge $5.99
E.L.F. Cosmetics Makeup Sponges $5.00-$10.00
Juno & Co Microfiber Fusion Sponge $6.00

Morphe Sponges (individuals and sets) $6.00-$16.00
Japonesque Kumadori Beauty Sponge $9.00
NYX Cosmetics Flawless Finish Blending Sponge $10.00

L’Oreal Blending Sponges $11.00-$13.00
Sephora Collection Sponges $19.00
Fenty Beauty Precision Makeup Sponge $22.00

Of course there is a myriad of textures, colors, functions, etc. Please consider your personal needs and online reviews if you’re unsure whether it’ll be right for you. And if it’s not – on to the next one! Sponges should be replaced around every 3 months, due to product buildup and bacteria. As well, please wash your sponges after every single use.

What are your favourite makeup sponges? Do you use them or brushes alone? Let me know in the comments below!