Having the right makeup brushes makes a huge difference to the look that you can achieve. They are the essential tool that everyone needs to have to get a flawless and professional looking make up finish.
You will be very surprised at what a difference it makes to your overall look when you start to use high quality makeup brushes as part of your daily routine. There are so many different types and makes on the market how do you know which ones are the very best?
Natural or Synthetic?
The first choice that you have to make it whether to buy a synthetic, or a natural bristle makeup brush. Many people assume that a natural brush is always the best, but that isn’t always true. There are many synthetic brushes on the market which mimic natural brushes pretty well. However, for some makeup applications there really isn’t any better option than to choose a natural brush.
Natural brushes are made of animal hair. Some people may not want to use these as they are usually made from goat, sable or squirrel hair. Some are horse hair. For some people this means that they will not use a natural brush as it is animal derived.
If you are going to use a natural brush you should always choose one which you can be sure is cruelty free. If you really can’t get over the basic point that this is animal hair you should choose a synthetic makeup brush. There are many on the market which closely resemble the feel of natural brushes and which produce very similar results.
The reason why natural brushes produce a different effect to synthetic brushes is that the hairs have a cuticle. These cuticles absorb the powder into the brush so that when you apply the makeup it blends with the oils on your face. This means that it is easy to get a flawless result with a natural brush.
Natural bristle brushes are best for applying makeup which is powder based. This means that if you are applying eyeshadow, blushers, bronzers, and any other makeup which is a powder, you should consider using a natural brush. Usually you won’t want to use a natural brush with cream based makeup products such as foundation or cream based blush and eye shadow.
If you want to choose the best type of natural brush most makeup artists would say that blue squirrel hair brushes are the best. They are also usually the most expensive.
Synthetic brushes can also be an excellent choice. They can be made of various synthetic materials – usually polyester or nylon. Synthetic brushes are usually less expensive than natural bristle ones.
The advantage of synthetic brushes is that they don’t absorb the makeup in between the bristles. This makes them much more suitable for cream based makeup. Ideally you would always want to use a synthetic brush to apply foundation. This advantage becomes a disadvantage when applying powder based makeup as it is more difficult to blend when the makeup is not distributed through the whole of the brush.
What Type of Brushes Should You Buy?
If you are just starting your makeup brush collection you can start with four essential brushes. The first one that you need is a large brush for powder. You may want to invest in a natural bristle brush for this, or a synthetic one which mimics a natural brush as closely as possible. The next brush that you will need is a medium sized fluffy brush. This will be for applying powder based makeup such as blush and bronzer.
An eye shadow brush is the third item that you will need for your basic set. To finish your starter set you need a small brush which you will use for blending makeup.
One you have this basic set of makeup brushes you will want to add more to your collection so that you have greater flexibility and can achieve an even better look. Other brushes that you will want to add will include a lip brush, foundation brush, contouring brush and an eyeliner brush. A spoolie brush is also an excellent brush for achieving a fuller and neater look for your eyebrows. The list goes on – once you realize the excellent results you can have with the right makeup brushes you will want to keep adding to your collection.
Although many brushes are sold in sets you don’t have to buy them in this way. You may want a combination of natural and synthetic brushes so you will need to buy each one individually. It can also be good to experiment with different brands to see which ones are your favorites.
How Much Should You Spend on Makeup Brushes?
The most fundamental factor in which makeup brushes you will choose has to be the size of your budget. The basic principle is to always spend as much as you can afford on a brush. Usually the higher the price the better the quality of the brush. Make sure that you read lots of makeup brush reviews so that you can make a good choice and keep within your budget.
You may experience sticker shock with that $60 blue squirrel powder brush, but did you know that it could last 20 years if you care for it correctly? It is a big investment, but it could last you for many years.
Cleaning Makeup Brushes is Essential
No matter how much you have paid for your makeup brushes it is important that you care for them correctly. You need to get into a regular cleaning routine. This not only ensures that they remain as bacteria free as possible, but also helps to extend the life of the brushes.
There are a number of different ways that you can clean your makeup brushes. There are lots of excellent makeup brush cleaners available. You do not have to use a specific makeup brush cleaning product though. Many makeup artists suggest that you just use a good soap to clean the brushes. You simply wet the brushes and then apply soap to them. Always be gentle and don’t agitate the bristles too much or you will damage them. Rinse out the soap and leave them to dry on a clean towel. This is a very simple process which you should do every month.
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