A little while ago, I told you about my Benjabelle Brush Tree and how useful I found it for drying my brushes. I still love it a lot, make no mistake, and despite what many people perceive, it doesn’t take up a lot of space because it actually folds flat until you need to assemble it again.
Before this, I used to dry my makeup brushes flat. It was what everyone did. Then came the idea online that hanging it upside down might be a better idea and would keep the water away from the ferrule. So, I looked around online and spotted various ways people have been doing this – drying their makeup brushes upside down.
So if you aren’t into buying a contraption that helps you dry your makeup brushes upside down, here is a small selection of DIY ideas you can use, all of which are free. Yes, FREE! :D That magical 4 letter F-word everyone loves. Well, one of them anyway* ;)
The caveat of course, is that they are only free if you already have the equipment at hand, and most of us will. You may just have to think a little out of the box if you don’t have the exact items, but you will get the idea. Onwards!
Hang your makeup brushes upside down in a bunch
This is the easiest method of them all. What you need:
- Piece of string
- Something to hang from
Literally tie your damp brushes in a bundle with the rubberband, slip your piece of string through and hang them out to dry. Literally.
While this works, I’m not so keen on it because bunching up the brushes mean less air flow, which means they will take longer to dry or leave a smell. But if you don’t have the space, and can tie just a few together each time this is a very easy hack. Just hang it from any suspended hook, handle of a cupboard, clothes dryer… you get the idea :)
Tape your makeup brushes to your drawer/cupboard
Ok this one isn’t exactly free but if you have someone in the house who does DIY stuff around the house, you’re likely to be able to find masking tape in the toolbox. What you need:
- Wide Masking tape (please only use masking tape – it doesn’t mark your brush handles nor your drawer)
I don’t have pictures of this, because I didn’t have masking tape on hand, but you literally find a flat surface (the flat front panel of a drawer or cupboard usually works) and tape your brushes, bristles side down. Please only use masking tape for this purpose, it won’t destroy your brush handles nor your cupboard/drawer surfaces and pick a wide roll. Cellophane tape will mark and washi tape, albeit pretty, isn’t wide nor strong enough.
I don’t like this method as much because I feel that the brush held flat against the drawer panel doesn’t allow for sufficient air flow. Works in a pinch but not for the long term.
Hang your makeup brushes from a rod
Another easy one! What you need:-
- Rubberband or hair ties
Pretty self-explanatory right?
Get a rod, or any long item e.g. drawer handles, long rulers, clothes hangers etc slip a hair tie or rubberband through, forming a loop and slip your brushes through. The tension from the ties will hold the brushes in place. Hair ties might work better for some because they tend to be smaller than rubberbands and therefore have more tension in them, but whatever works. As you can see, I used rubberbands (small ones) and they hold up fine. The idea is simply to suspend the brushes upside down.
Be sure that there is sufficient air-flow between the brushes, so space them out nicely. Don’t bunch them all together.
Hang your makeup brushes from a clothes hanger
This one really saves space because you can fit so many brushes on just one hanger! What you need:-
- Clothes hanger – pick one that has a bar across the bottom
- Clothes pin
I’ve seen options using a small rotary clothes hanger, which works of course. I don’t have one like that, so I just used a simple clothes hanger.
If you have the open loops at the end like mine, you can just easily loop the rubberband across the base of the brush and hang it on the loop. Otherwise, use a clothes peg to hold the rubberband. Then, hang it out to dry! Not in direct sunlight of course, but hang it in an airy place and they’ll be dry in no time at all.
I think that this and the rod method above are the most efficient methods for DIY brush tree hacks. They make the most sense to me :)
So, it’s over to you now.
Have you tried any of these DIY brush tree hacks? Do you dry your brushes flat or upside down?
Now I have a brush tree, I dry them upside down and I’m happy to report that they do seem to dry more quickly. I think it’s to do with the better air-flow since the air is going all around them unlike when they lie flat. That said, if you lie your brushes flat and stick them out the side of your table, it kinda operates on the same principle. Same logic, different methods :) Now, what other DIY brush tree hacks have you tried?
* FOOD – that’s the other popular F-word. What were you thinking?! :P