You can have the most expensive makeup tool in hand but if you don’t know how to use it, it will be just another tool. Makeup brushes are often overlooked, which is a sad thing as they do make all the difference in perfecting your face. And I understand the confusion as they are so many brushes out there, it’s hard to decide which tools are the best for you.
One of the most common debate is the use of natural versus synthetic brushes. Is there really a difference? Which type provides the best coverage? To get to the bottom of this, I’m going to break them down by parts.
Made of: natural animal hair, often goat
Benefits: As natural hair contains cuticles, it gives these tools a great pick-up and blending properties. It helps lift and absorb powdery pigment along with your skin’s oil and blend them seamlessly across the face, giving you a more natural, non-patchy finish. The hair is also super soft and makes for easy blending on the face.
Best uses: Use it to apply powder-based makeup such as eyeshadow, finishing/setting powder and powder-based blushes and bronzers.
Made of: man-made materials like nylon, taklon or polyester fibres
Benefits: The bristles naturally gravitate towards each other, allowing for more precise, smooth and streak-free application. Because of the hairs’ precise properties, they are great for angled, sharply cut brushes.
Best uses: Liquid products like foundations, cream blush or gel eyeliner are best applied with these faux-hair brushes. As the synthetic hairs do not pick up or absorb products as much as natural hairs, they do not soak up too much makeup or get clumpy. As a result, a substantial amount of your makeup will not get wasted.
How to choose your brushes
Now that we know what hair brushes work best with which type of products, let’s talk application. For one, you should never use them for their labelled uses. You do not need to get every brush size and shape you see on the market. You just need to select a few that is multipurpose. Example, just because it says powder brush doesn’t mean you can’t use it for blush. An eyeshadow brush can be perfect for carving out that intense contour, while a blush brush may be just what you need for the perfect sweep of highlight. Not everyone’s face is the same, so not every brush will be used the same. Experiment with your brushes outside of their intended use, and you may find the go-to tool you never knew you had.
Quality doesn’t always mean expensive
When it comes to makeup brushes, you should buy the best brushes you can afford. As a professional makeup artist, I can tell you straight that high-quality brushes are worth the price. They don’t just perform the best; they do make applying makeup a pleasure. Thankfully, quality does matter, and it doesn’t always come with a hefty price tag. Which is also why I’m launching my new range of makeup brushes. There are only 12 brushes in total and it is all you need to complete your makeup as well as meet any type of finish.
Of course, it’s a very competitive industry and there are a good number of reasonably affordable labels out in the market today. However, make sure you do some research on the brands before purchasing them. Some may offer fair bundle prices, but you may also end up with several unhelpful tools lying around on your vanity desk. Be careful of where you’re getting your products from. Again, do your homework before buying to avoid disappointment. Lastly, with proper maintenance, your brush can easily last you 20 years and the investment would be all worth it.