Guide to Choosing Makeup Brushes
When it comes to makeup brushes, options abound. If you’re wondering what the difference is, natural brushes are made of animal hair and vegan brushes are made of synthetic hair.
The quality and performance should be the same whether makeup brushes are made from animal or vegan. Whether you are shopping for natural or vegan brushes, look for softness and the shape of a brush’s head, along with the diameter and length of the bristle hair. Very often, allergies come from the animal hair, not the makeup. A drawback for some people with natural bristles is sensitivity to animal hair. If people are allergic or sensitive to animal hair or animal products, they should use synthetic brushes.
Another thing to keep in mind is what you’re using your makeup brushes for. Synthetic brushes are considered to be better for liquid and cream makeup and give very smooth coverage. Synthetic brushes are also more hygienic to use, since their bristles are flat and remain cleaner. If you are using high-quality makeup with great pigment, a synthetic brush will be your best friend. It allows you to build up and have more control over the amount you use. It also can give you sheerer coverage, which looks more natural when used with powder.
The right brush doesn't just make it easier to apply makeup, it can also allow you to be more precise. Here, we’ve rounded up five brushes that everyone should have in their routine.
- A fluffy brush for both blush and powder. You can also use this brush for bronzer. The fluffy brush has ability to diffuse the product more evenly over your face. If you have a shorter, denser brush, you’re going to get a bigger deposit of color. If you have a fluffier brush it’s going to diffuse ― most people want a natural application.
- A flat nylon brush to use for your crease eyeshadow, and to apply concealer. A dense, flat brush is perfect for depositing more color in the crease of your eye, also making it perfect for dabbing and blending concealer beneath your eye. Bonus tip: If you want even more color, get this brush a little bit wet before use.
- A fluffy eyeshadow brush for all over eyeshadow and powder. If you like to do one wash of a neutral color over your whole eye, this is a great brush. You can also use it as a highlight brush, or to set the powder under your eye and around your nose ― the small, creased areas of your face. Just be sure to wash your brush between uses if you’re multitasking with it.
- A crease brush. This one does all the work for you, creating a totally blended and natural eye look. Dip it into whatever color you want in the crease of your eye, right at the socket, and starting at the outside corner drag across in a windshield wiper motion. This type of brush deposits a little bit of product at a time, making it look super blended.
- An angled brush. Arguably the MVB (most valuable brush), an angled brush serves not one, not two but three purposes. Use this one for eyebrow products, applying eyeliner and even as a lip brush. The angle on it makes it interesting for you to draw the cupid’s bow on your lip.
Regardless of which type you buy, they can be cared for the same way. Use warm water and mild dish detergent to remove all impurities while being gentle on the brush. After all, once you find just the right makeup brushes, you want them to last.