Confession: most of us would rather buy a brand new set of makeup brushes than clean the ones we already own.
Washing the bristles to remove build-up and dirt without getting water inside the handle can be such a tedious task. Not to mention, if you don't scrub well enough, you'll have to start the process all over again just to get the job done.
Thankfully, there are a few time-saving tools that really clean makeup brushes. From a handheld, multi-textured palette to an oversized mat that adheres to your bathroom sink to a washing machine-like device, your filthy makeup brushes will look practically brand new in no time.
Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette
This bright pink silicone palette slips right onto your hand like a glove, allowing for better control as you swivel around makeup brushes onto its textured surface. Plus, it comes with two trial packets of the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel. We recommend packing this tool in your luggage or handbag for on-the-go cleaning.
Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat
The Sigma Beauty Mat looks strikingly similar to the palette above, but what makes it stand out is its patented seven-textured design that makes it easy to clean eye, lip and face makeup brushes. You don't have to worry about it slipping all over the place because of its secured suction cups, and it'll fit right onto most sinks.
Lilumia Brush Cleanser
InStyle hit it right on the mark when they dubbed the Lilumia a "washing machine for your makeup brushes." Cleaning up to 12 brushes at a time, it starts off with a rigorous wash cycle before going into two rinses. This appliance is on the pricier end, but it's a worthy investment for everyday makeup wearers and makeup artists who could use some extra help maintaining their tools.
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