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8 Affordable Makeup Brush Cleaner Products

A good makeup brush cleaner is not only easy on the wallet, it should be effective as well. Makeup brushes, like our own hair, needs to be taken care of in order to last longer.

Not only does an effective brush cleaner help in the longevity of the brush but it also makes sure that we do not irritate our skin. Many times, the cause of acne can be dirty makeup brushes so it’s best to clean your makeup brushes regularly.

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Budget Makeup Brush Cleaners That Do the Work

Picking the Right Makeup Brush Cleaners

When it comes to makeup brush cleaners, there are a lot of options to choose from. You might be tempted to buy a professional-grade brush cleaner which will cost you about $15 to $25 and that is totally fine. However, did you know that there are cheaper options that are just as effective?

Being able to sanitize effectively is a priority to a lot of professional makeup artists because they work with many faces, sometimes, all on the same day. That being said, when it comes to personal makeup brushes more than the product that you are using, what’s important is that they are regularly cleaned.

Now there are many great, affordable options to choose from and I have listed down below some of these products.

1. DIY Brush Cleaner

Person Washing Brushes DIY | Affordable Makeup Brush Cleaner Products

Before we move along to actual products, know that you have a readily available brush cleaner you can use. Follow this DIY recipe and be ready to deep clean your brushes in no time.

2. E.L.F Brush Shampoo | $4

E.L.F Brush Shampoo | Affordable Makeup Brush Cleaner Products
E.L.F Brush Shampoo Photo by E.L.F Cosmetics

This brush shampoo from E.L.F. is not only effective in taking out debris from your brush, but it also conditions your brushes. At $4 this is quite a steal.

3. E.L.F. Solid Soap | $4

E.L.F. Solid Soap | Affordable Makeup Brush Cleaner Products
E.L.F. Solid Soap Photo by E.L.F Cosmetics

Another wonder cleaner from E.L.F. at the same price point of $4 is their solid cleaner variety. Solid soaps are usually marketed for makeup sponges but it is as effective on brushes.

4. EcoTools Brush Shampoo | $7.99

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Formulated to wash away makeup, oil, and debris from your makeup brushes, this shampoo is also dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic all at $7. It does not contain phthalates or parabens to make sure it is gentle enough to use even when it comes in contact with your skin.

5. Sephora The Daily Brush Cleaner | $9


To clean your brushes in between deep cleansing, you can also bring in a daily brush cleaner just like this variety from Sephora. It is alcohol-free, quick-drying, and safe everyday use. At $9, this makeup brush cleaner promises to be good even on sensitive skin.

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6. The Natural by Sephora | $6

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This is a professional-grade makeup brush cleaner created by Parian Spirit for Sephora. At only $6 it removes tough debris like glue, mascara, and acrylic from your brush bristles. It also has that invigorating citrus scent. If you like working on prosthetics and SFX makeup, you should give this a try.

7. Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brush Cleansing Spray | $8


No-rinse brush cleansers are always a good thing to have in your kit. This $8 Sonia Kashuk spray immediately takes out debris and residue while leaving you relaxed with its rosewater scent.

8. General Pencil Company Inc., “The Masters” Brush Cleaner & Preserver | $7

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You probably have not heard of this product before which is fine. This is a painter’s brush cleaning secret and it works perfectly well with makeup brushes.

The formula is non-abrasive and very gentle on the bristles. It effectively removes debris, oil, and gunk from brushes while leaving them conditioned and ready for the next use. A one-ounce tub of this is priced at $7.

Watch this video of Katerina Williams giving tips on what makeup brushes to get if you are a beginner:

Makeup brushes are important tools in our makeup artistry. It deserves care and attention in order for us to use them longer. Choosing the appropriate makeup brush cleaner for your brush portfolio is important but it doesn’t have to be expensive.

We hope this list has helped you with different makeup brush cleaner options that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Did we miss anything? Tell us if you know of any other affordable makeup brush cleaner out there. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Share them in the comments section below.


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