Complete Guide to Makeup Tools and Accessories

By Carly Cochrane, Beauty Editor

With our tools & accessories guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including what is the best thing to clean makeup brushes with and how do you clean makeup brushes without brush cleaner. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our makeup tools and accessories page.

Top Makeup Tools and Accessories Brands

  • Real Techniques
  • Shrine
  • Sigma Beauty
  • Spectrum Collections
  • Fenty Beauty
  • Revolution

Makeup Tools and Accessories FAQs

makeup brushes being cleaned

What is the best thing to clean makeup brushes with?

When it comes to cleaning your makeup brushes, it is best to use a product that is specifically formulated to care for them in the right way, such as brush cleaners.

Makeup brush cleaners efficiently break down old hardened makeup, remove oil and wash away built-up bacteria from your brushes. They are carefully developed so that they can be used on both synthetic and real bristles, without causing damage. Not to mention, they utilise gentle, skin-kind ingredients to prevent irritation and breakouts. Some of the best makeup brush cleaners come from your favourite beauty brands, such as Bobbi Brown, Clinique and MAC.

Other tools that are great at cleaning makeup brushes include cleansing palettes and mats. These are typically rubber mats designed with grooves and ridges that help break down old, hardened makeup and give the brush bristles a deep clean. Go ahead and pick the brush cleaner that works best for you!

How do you clean makeup brushes without brush cleaner?

If a professional brush cleaner isn't an option for you, there are alternative household products you can use that will clean makeup brushes just as good. The most popular product being baby shampoo. Baby shampoo has a gentle formula that won't damage the brush hardware and bristles or irritate skin. It efficiently breaks down old makeup and washes away dirt, dust and grime. Simply add a dollop of baby shampoo to lukewarm water and swirl the brush head in the mixture until a lather forms. You can use your fingers to work out stubborn patches of makeup. Unscented soap and your usual face cleanser do just the trick, too!

Olive oil can also be used to clean makeup brushes as it's great at separating the oils used in liquid formulas, like foundation and concealer. Simply mix one part olive oil and one part dish soap together, dip the makeup brush bristles in the mixture and use your fingers to massage out the old makeup. Rinse the brushes with lukewarm water to reveal squeaky clean results.

What is the best body glitter?

When it comes to the best body glitter, you're going to want a glitter that sparkles all day long, stays put and doesn't slip or slide. Body glitter arrives in all forms, from glitter sticks and sprays to loose glitter and glitter glue, all of which are great options. Some of the best body glitters come from cult-favourite brands such as NYX Professional Makeup, The Gypsy Shrine, MAC and Barry M. Their professional body and face glitters have been the go-to for years now, whether it be for festivals, parties or holidays.

Do eyelash curlers actually work?

Whilst they may not look like they achieve much, lash curlers are the small and clever invention that helps to curl and add length to your lashes. Experts often agree that they are one of the most underrated makeup tools, and nothing but a must-have for your makeup bag. The metal tool boasts a clamp design that you can squeeze down onto lashes to help curl them upwards. It sounds pretty daunting, we know, but the process completely safe and pain-free. Plus, it provides instant visible results. For best results, it is worth investing in a quality lash curler and regularly replacing the rubber or silicone cushions.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.