Sanitizing your brushes is now (finally!) remarkably easy.
Let's be honest: If you're a makeup brush user, you likely procrastinate cleaning your brushes for as long as possible. Only once they're thoroughly caked with blush or coated in eyeshadow do you take the time to clean them properly (even though we all know this can cause skin irritation, breakouts, and worse). And while the Sigma brush cleaning mat ($25; nordstrom.com) has helped make brush cleaning sessions go faster once we do finally commit to them, there's a new gadget on the horizon that could eliminate those scrubbing sessions completely.
Introduced on Kickstarter, the Brushean is a makeup brush holder that sanitizes brushes by using UV-C LED light to eliminate 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses. It works on a five-minute timer, so once you put your brushes in, close the hydraulic lid, and press the button, the machine will get to work on sanitizing. When the time's up, it will click off, so you can continue storing your brushes in the holder until you're ready to use them.
Not only is the holder battery-powered and portable so you never have to feel tethered to an outlet, but the sleek white and gold design is stylish enough to leave out on your bathroom counter or vanity (freeing up valuable space in your medicine cabinet).
Christina Pou, the founder and CEO of Brushean, decided to create the gadget after learning that dermatologists recommend cleaning makeup brushes every day to remove harmful bacteria, yet a recent study found that more than 80 percent of makeup brush users don't wash theirs after each use. To make it easy to keep brushes bacteria-free, Pou dreamed up the Brushean and put it on Kickstarter.
Currently, the all-or-nothing campaign only has 22 days left to reach its funding goal—so invest now if you'd like to make washing your brushes as easy as clicking a button. A $59 pledge on the Brushean Kickstarter page will get you one pretty makeup holder, delivered to your door by the end of the year, and many years worth of clean makeup brushes to come.