The Best Way to Clean a Makeup Brush Super-Quickly

These two brush cleaners are fast-acting miracle workers!
Publish date:
June 12, 2015
makeup brush cleaner, makeup brushes, Beauty So Clean, Cinema Secrets

By now I’m sure the CLEAN YOUR F#$%@ING BRUSHES memo has been received loud and clear. Once a week, I like to give my personal brushes a thorough scrub-down (I wash my kit brushes after every job); but what about those times in between deep cleanings?

For those, I swear by two different brush cleaners.

Beauty So Clean Conditioning Brush Cleanser

This convenient spray brush cleanser is a staple in my freelance kit. I don’t freelance a ton, but when I do, it’s usually weddings, which means I’m working on multiple faces back to back. In addition to wiping down my makeup with rubbing alcohol in between each person, I use this spray cleanser to clean and sanitize each of my brushes in between uses.

What I like about it is that it gets the job done (I just spritz the brush and a clean towel and run it back and forth until it’s clear), it doesn’t have an overpowering scent (so it won’t bother people with scent sensitivity), and it dries quickly. Although it's formulated with alcohol, I don’t find that it makes my brushes dry and stiff.

Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner

I use this brush cleaner for my personal brushes for when I just don’t have time to do a deep clean—sometimes I can only get to a full wash every other week—or for when I use crazy eyeshadow colors and need to clear my brush quickly for a different shade.

I feel like this cleaner is made of magic because all I have to do is dip my brush in quickly (I use a bowl or jar) and run it back and forth across a clean towel for a few swipes and my brush looks almost brand new.

Even better, it dries very quickly; my eye brushes are usually dry within 10 minutes or so, and my larger brushes are usually dry within 30 to 45 minutes.

The only thing that keeps me from using this on my freelance brushes is that it is heavily fragranced with a vanilla scent. I personally like it, but I fear that it would be to overpowering for client use.

I also learned the hard way that if you dip the brush in the solution for too long it will stain any brushes that are white or light-colored with a slight blue hue.

So while I still deep clean my brushes frequently, these are my go-to for a quick cleaning solution!

  • Do you spot-clean your brushes?
  • What are your favorite brush cleansers (quick or regular)?