11 Makeup Brush Tools That Will Make Your Life A Little Bit Easier

Whether it's a mascara guard to keep you from getting raccoon eyes or polish stencils to make applying nail lacquer mess free, there are tons of strange tools that help your beauty regimen go a whole lot smoother. When it comes to your tools, makeup brush gadgets are the sometimes odd, but handy lifesavers you never knew you needed.

If you wear makeup regularly, chances are you have quite the brush collection. As much as makeup application comes down to your creativity and skills, having the right tools to get the job done makes a huge difference. How you care for your brushes matters even more, because it's all about protecting your investment, of course. Finding adequate storage for your hoard is one thing; The daunting task of cleaning all of your tools is another terrifying dilemma (I know I'm not the only one that loathes wash day). That's where makeup brush gizmos come in clutch, keeping your hoard of tools organized and squeaky clean.

You deserve to get the most out of your favorite shaders and blenders. Check out these 11 game-changing applicators, cleansing aids, and storage solutions that keep your brushes in tip-top shape.

1Benjabelle Original Brush Tree

Original Brush Tree, $35, Benjabelle

Off all the mistakes you're making while washing makeup brushes, not drying your applicators properly is probably your biggest downfall. Drying brushes upright or laying them flat can cause damage as water seeping down into your bristles can loosen glue and lead to shedding. A contraption like the Brush Tree is the perfect drying rack, featuring silicone grips to hold your tools into place while upside down. It can store up to 14 large brushes and 42 thinner eye and lip applicators, and collapses for easy storage.

2StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner And Dryer

Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer, $60, StylPro

Wash day is not only time consuming, but also a nuisance when you have to wait up to 24 hours before you can use your applicators again. StylPro's brush cleaner doesn't just rid your tools of buildup; It dries them in just 30 seconds, too. The StylPro spinner attaches to your brushes to rotate them while dunked into a mixture of water and cleanser within its fishbowl basin. Once clean, the spinner continues rotating brushes while out of water to shake them dry and ready to use. Thanks to this lifesaver, wash day has never been easer!

3Ulta Beauty New Hue Shadow Switching Pan

New Hue Shadow Switching Pan, $9, Ulta

This quick cleaning pan makes it easy to use the same brush for multiple shadows in an eye look without mixing shades. It includes a large, black sponge for removing dry powder from your bristles and a white center sponge that can be dampened to remove cream or wet shadows and liners. This, my friends, is convenience at its finest.

4Real Techniques 3 Pocket Expert Organizer

Pocket Expert Organizer, $18, Real Techniques

Make the most out of your bathroom or vanity space with this Real Techniques organizer. It clings to any mirror, laminate, or glossy surface for brush storage that doesn't take up too much space. Its slots and pockets make it suitable to fit an assortment of brushes, sponges, and cosmetic tools. Feel free to even dry a freshly cleansed brush upside down in one of its center slots.

5The Brush Bar

Brush Bar, $38, The Brush Bar

Although it's designed to properly air dry your tools following a brush bath, this bar makes for a great storage solution, too. Rest it alongside your sink as you wash, or the edge of your vanity for quick space-saving access to your favorite blenders.

6Lilumia Brush Cleaner

Lilumia 2 New York. $149, Lilumia

You might not want to think about it, but some pretty gross things happen if you don't clean your makeup brushes regularly. The Lilumia 2 ensures you'll banish dirt, impurities, and bacteria from your tools without the hassle of hand cleaning your entire collection one-by-one. This high-tech device handles up to 12 brushes at once, leaving your collection squeaky clean and silky after each use. Gone are the days of laboring over a sink and tirelessly scrubbing. Pop your faves into this dome, turn it on, and carry on with your day.

7E.l.f. Makeup Brush Cleaning Glove

Makeup Brush Cleaning Glove, $10, E.l.f.

A mitt that slides onto your hands, this portable silicone cleaner features multiple textures to purify small and large applicators. The large, round texture lathers and washes big brushes. The smaller texture is ideal for cleaning tiny shaders. To help straighten bristles back into place, use the wavy section for rinsing. There's even a small and large slot on the end of the glove to hold brushes for drying after cleansing.

8Practk Palmat 2-In-1 Brush Cleaning Tool

Palmat, $10, Practk

A two for one cleaning tool, the Palmat is truly one of a kind. Suction cups allow it to cling to sinks for hands-free cleaning and adjustable straps turn it into a handheld device for attaching to your palm. Its small, portable design is even suitable for traveling.

9BlendSmart Rotating Foundation Brush

Rotating Foundation Brush Starter Set, $69, Sephora

Get perfect foundation every time with this automatic blender. Its rotating brush head buffs liquid and cream formulas for natural results every time you use it. With this gadget in your arsenal, you'll nail any makeup look with minimal effort.

10The Brush Guard Variety Pack

Brush Guard Variety Pack, $13, The Brush Guard

They may seem unnecessary at first, but these brush nets help keep your tools in great condition. Secure them around applicators after washing them to ensure water escapes properly and bristles dry in perfect shape. Use them when packing, transporting, and storing tools in a purse or kit, too, to keep your investment protected on the go.

11Sigma Beauty Dry'N Shape Spa

Dry'N Shape Spa, $29, Sigma Beauty

A 3-in-1 device, Sigma's Dry'N Shape Spa is the ultimate cleaning and storage tool. Its removable core features multiple textures to scrub brushes clean and reshape bristles. The slots and grips attached to its ends can hold up to 18 applicators for upside down drying or compact storage. If anything, this useful gadget is the must-have for your brush collection.

You might have a thing for lipstick hoarding or collecting limited edition palettes. But each of these handy brush tools prove stocking up on gizmos is truly the way to go.