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As most of us know, make up brushes are a breeding ground for dirt and spot inducing bacteria, so it’s important to keep them clean. It’s one of those mundane tasks that none of us want to do butif you take the time to clean them properly, you’ll massively reduce the risk of an unwelcome break out.

Really, it’s just as essential as taking your make up off before bed and while it might seem tedious, if avoided, it can lead to unwanted spots and irritation.

Plus, let’s face it, a good set of make brushes sets you back a fair amount of dosh, so learning how toclean them properlyis one of the best ways to protect your investment.

A go to brand for every well seasoned beauty buff, Mac Cosmetics is notorious for its pro quality brushes, so it makes sense that its cleansing solution is of the same standard. The formula is specifically designed to extend the life of your brushes, by conditioning the fibres while also promising to disinfect and clean them thoroughly and it really does. Housed in a clear plastic bottle, the baby pink liquid can be poured into a container or the palm of your hand when cleaning, but be careful as you can end up using more than needed there’s no stopper. It’s convenient to use, simply swirl your brushesin circular motions in the solution until clean. And this option is great for both spot cleaning after make up application and a more thorough deep clean.

Popular skincare brand Clinique certainly knows its stuff when it comes to cleansing, and that extends to brushes too. While this option is recommended for monthly cleansing, we think it’s ideal for a quick spritz too. Unlike the others on this list, Clinique’s option comes with a spray function. To use, simply spray on both sides of the brush before gently blotting clean with a tissue and letting it air dry for one or two minutes. Alternatively, you can rinse off with water but this increases drying time.

Now, we know that using a purposely formulated cleanser is best, but we couldn’t complete our list without mentioning Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. The ultra gentle formulation is designed to maintain baby hair’s natural moisture balance without leaving any residue, and the same goes for when you use it on your make up brushes. It expertly removes all make up, dirt and oil from your tools, without drying out the bristles. The huge bottle will last for months too this is a great bargain beauty alternative.

If you’re the kind of girl that likes to work with only a few brushes, then this is the one for you. A genius product, W7’s cleansing pot allows you to easily change between shades using the same brush. A quick swirl on the sponge and the brush is clean and ready to use with another colour. While it doesn’t clean the brush completely, it’s ideal for using on eye shadow brushes in between shades. We even tested this on highly pigmented black and it worked effortlessly, leaving no trace of colour on the brush.

Want to give your brushes the VIP treatment? Then look no further. Fitted with a pump action, we think this works best placed on a tissue, followed by wiping the brush gently over the formula a few times to remove any make up. The fluid itself is clear, quick drying and antibacterial, so it ticks all the boxes. It also left the brush bristles feeling exceptionally soft. It removes the most stubborn of foundations from your brushes and is great for both in between application brush cleaning and a deep cleanse.

Owning the perfect remover is all well and good but if you don’t have an effective cleaning method your brushes will still hold on to unwanted build up. Luckily, Real Techniques has got you covered. This brush cleansing palette takes all the hassle out of cleaning your brushes and is said to clean them 55 per cent better than using your hands alone a fact we found to certainly be true. So how does it work? The palette is designed with four different surfaces that are each fitted with various sized raised bumps. The large grooves can release make up, dirt, and oils from larger brushes, while the smaller knobs create extra lather and release dried on make up from smaller brushes. You also get a couple of free sachets of the brands brush cleansing gel to try with it.

Mild but effective, this cleanser was created for professional make up artists but is a fuss free, easy to use formula for beauty enthusiasts too. Fitted with a spray function, the cleanser is antibacterial and promises to kill 99.99 per cent of germs in just 60 seconds. To use, we found it worked best to spray the fluid directly onto a tissue or towel and wipe the brush until all product was removed. It’s super powerful and dissolves all traces of residue, making it a must have for your make up bag.

For a functional formula that’s easy to use and portable, we recommend Beauty Blender’s Pure Solid Cleanser. The wax like consistency means it lasts such a long time and out of all the options, it left our brushes feeling the cleanest and softest. We also love the addition of the pink silicone pad that helps release build up more easily. For a budget buy, you can’t go wrong with Johnson’s Baby Shampoo not an official cleanser, but it does the job just as well.

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