My handyman husband created this little brush dryer hanger for me to use. It was one of the best inventions he's made, mainly because it is based on one very important fact: you need to dry the brushes upside down (or at least not standing up) because you need to get the moisture away from the ferrules. This is exactly the position I want my brushes to be in while drying from their weekly washes, especially my synthetic mineral makeup kabuki and flat-top brushes because it takes one whole day for them to dry. I want all the moisture away from the ferrules and the base of the hairs, so I want them upside down.
Apparently, my Macgyver hubby is not the only one who had this concept in their head, because the Benjabelle folks invented the Brush Tree that is so simple yet so ingenious, I don't know why nobody (not even my husband) didn't think about it before!
It is so simple that it doesn't even have to be explained at length. The Benjabelle Brush Tree is a plastic piece that has a tray on top with holes, and two pieces that form into a stand that can be assembled in less than five minutes. It has silicone grippers that can hold brush handles of any size in place. My big fat bronzer brush handles fit snugly in place, and I can insert three eyeshadow brushes in one hole to maximize the space.
To assemble, take the two small pieces that come with the package and slide them together to the "X" shaped trunk of the brush tree. Place the large top on a flat surface and press the trunk into the center slot on top. Voila! Your brush tree is ready to use!
For best results, it is important to insert brushes from below. When the brushes are dry, pull the brushes through the top.