12 Makeup Brush Cleaners To Ensure Your Cosmetic Tools Are Squeaky Clean!

Lubna KhanLubna Khan  |  Oct 29, 2021
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Makeup brushes are essential when it comes to achieving a flawless look, but did you know, they can harbor bacteria if they aren’t cleaned regularly? Hate to break it to you, but makeup brushes contaminated with bacteria can lead to breakout and clogged pores. If you didn’t before, it’s time you start cleaning up your makeup tools more regularly. We have curated a list of the best makeup brush cleaners that you can buy to keep your makeup brushes clean and sanitized.

Our list includes makeup brush cleaners, beauty blender cleaners, silicone brush cleaners and more. Check them out below!  

Best Brush Cleaners

Cleaning your brushes can seem like the most boring task, but it’s important that you do so at least once every two weeks. A makeup brush cleaner can remove all the impurities such as dirt, makeup, and oil that have been collected over a period of time, and can also increase the shelf life of your makeup brushes. Below are some of the best brush cleaners that you need to try!

M.A.C Cosmetics Brush Cleanser

M.A.C cosmetics makeup brush cleaner is really convenient to use. Just apply a few drops of this cleaner to your damp brush and clean it thoroughly to wash away the impurities and bacteria. Rinse the brushes well, and voila-your makeup brushes are all clean!

PAC 2 Minute Brush Cleaner

This makeup brush cleaner by PAC can not only cleanse and condition your cosmetic brush but can also get rid of the toughest adhesives, mascara and other residues that are generally difficult to take off from your brushes. 

Sigma Beauty Sigmagic Brushampoo

The Sigma Beauty Sigmagic Brushampoo is used to clean and condition the bristles of your brush. It works effectively to get all the residue and pigments off the makeup brushes. This natural makeup brush cleaner can also be used to clean makeup sponges and has an anti-microbial formula that prevents the growth of bacteria on your makeup tools for up to 2 weeks after cleansing. 

Colorbar Clean On-The-Go Makeup & Tools Sanitizing Mist

If you’re looking for an affordable makeup brush cleaner that you can use daily, then Colorbar makeup and tools sanitizing mist is a great option! It comes in a travel-friendly pack that you can easily carry along in your purse and clean your makeup tools whenever you want! All you gotta do is spray the mist on your beauty tools and makeup from a few inches away, and wait for 2 minutes until it evaporates. That’s it! It works to eliminate germs and reduces bacteria on your makeup products and tools. 

Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner

This gentle sponge and makeup brush cleaner by Sephora can eliminate stubborn makeup, dirt, and germs from your makeup tools. It comes with a bar of soap to remove the impurities, and a silicone scrubber pad to get the bristles of the brushes squeaky clean!  

Electric Brush Cleaners

Electric brush cleaners are among the costliest makeup brush cleaners, but can get the job done in just a few seconds! Simply put, they are basically ‘washing machines’ for your brushes that not only cleanse, but also dry your brushes in a matter of seconds. Check out some of the electric brush cleaners that are available online.

StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner And Dryer

StylPro electric brush cleaner and dryer uses centrifugal spin technology to clean and dry your makeup brushes. It includes a device that works on batteries, a plastic bowl, 8 collars to fit different brush sizes, and a cleaning solution to help remove makeup from the brushes. While it may look like an elaborate apparatus for something as simple as cleaning brushes, it can get your brushes clean in less than 30 seconds.

Luxe Makeup Brush Cleaner

This electric brush cleaner also comes with a similar apparatus, but the device is USB-rechargeable. Luxe makeup brush cleaner comes with the option of 3 spin speeds. All you gotta do is dip and dunk the brush in the cleaning solution, then spin to rinse it, and then again spin it to make sure your brush is dry.  

Silicone Brush Cleaners

Silicone brush cleaners are extremely convenient to use. All you need to do is wet your makeup brush, apply soap or cleanser and then swirl the brush on the cleaner to remove makeup residue. They are portable, small and are fuss-free! Here are a few silicone brush cleaners that you should check out.

Sigma Beauty Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat

This brush cleaning mat consists of seven different textured surfaces that help you thoroughly clean your makeup brushes. Don’t know how to use the different textures for different brushes? Don’t worry, the mat comes with instructions to help you figure it out! Besides, the tiny suction cups on the back help the mat stay fixed in place at the bottom of your sink while you clean the brushes. It’s expensive, but worth the splurge if you own different kinds of makeup brushes.

Nykaa BuffMaster Silicone Makeup Brush Cleaner

If you’re looking for an affordable silicone brush cleaner, then Nykaa’s BuffMaster is an excellent choice! Priced reasonably, this silicone cleaner is shaped in such a way that you can slip your hand into it, making the cleaning process easier. Besides, this brush cleaner comes in a cute heart shape, and four vibrant colours! 

Sigma Beauty Spa Express Brush Cleaning Glove

This silicone brush cleaner is designed in the form of a glove and has secured straps for your thumb and wrist. Since it’s in the form of a glove that can be worn, it makes the makeup brush cleaning process very convenient.

Beauty Blender Cleaners

Wondering how to clean your beauty blender or makeup sponge? A lot of makeup brush cleaners also double up as beauty blender cleaners. Some of them have already been mentioned above. If you’re still looking for more beauty blender cleaners, then check out some below!

Beauty Blender Liquid Charcoal Sponge & Brush Cleanser

This liquid beauty blender cleanser is infused with charcoal, and also contains coconut oil and palm oil that help in removing the stubborn makeup, grime, oils, and bacteria from the makeup sponges. Simply wet your makeup sponge, and apply some cleanser to it. Work through to create lather, and once all makeup residue has come off, rinse the beauty blender. Once done, squeeze the sponge to remove water, and let it air-dry. 

Beauty Blender Solid Makeup Sponge And Brush Cleanser

This makeup sponge cleaner helps remove the impurities, grime, and makeup from the beauty blenders, and it is also equipped with a textured silicone pad. This also works as a makeup brush cleaner and comes in a travel-friendly pack. 

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaners

diy makeup brush cleaner

If you don’t wish to purchase makeup brush cleaners, you can also easily clean your brushes at home with these DIY makeup brush cleaners. It’s no rocket science, and these makeup brush cleaners can be made using simple ingredients you already have at home. 

Olive Oil And Dish Soap

Prepare a solution using olive oil and dish soap in 1:1 ratio. Simply soak your makeup tools and sponges in the mixture and rinse. This DIY makeup brush cleanser is easy to make at home, and the olive oil also acts as a conditioner for the brushes. 


Add two tablespoons of white vinegar to one cup of hot water. Drench your brushes in the solution and twirl a few times. To rinse, place beneath running lukewarm water or just dip in it. To eliminate the smell of vinegar, you can also cleanse the brushes with lemon as the next step.

Baby Shampoo

Baby shampoos are usually gentle, making them excellent choices for cleaning your makeup brushes without harming the bristles. It’s inexpensive and can get your brushes clean! Just wet your brush, apply a bit of shampoo, and swirl the brush in circular motions until it creates a rich lather. Once all the dirt and makeup has been removed, rinse the brush with water. 

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Makeup brush cleaners are a bit expensive, so if you don’t want to splurge on them, you can instead opt for one of these DIY makeup brush cleaners! 

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