The main tool used by makeup artists is of course our brushes. There are rounded ones, square ones, some that even look completely identical but really are not. Let me give you a little breakdown.
There are two main groups of brushes. Synthetic, and real. They each do their own job, and should not be replaced with the other.
Synthetic brushes are used mostly for creams and gel like textures. This includes: Creams, Primers, Foundations, Concealers, Cream Eye Shadows, Lipsticks, etc. They are made from man-made materials such as polyester and nylon. It is best to wash these brushes right away as well, so the product does not cake into the brush, rendering it almost impossible to get sanitized and ready for your next use/client.
The most common use for synthetic fibers in brushes are for foundation and concealer brushes. In the industry it is expected these fibers be synthetic. Occasionally, powder brushes will be made out of synthetic fibers as well, such as in the case of Urban Decay. They have such strong values that absolutely nothing should be tested or come from animals that ALL of their brushes are synthetic. For the beginner, these brushes can be much harder to manipulate since they do not hold the powder as well as a “real” brush, but is an okay option for vegans as well.
Real brushes come in a vast array of variety. There are 4 main groups of these brushes, which are the following: fake, squirrel, horse hair, and mink. For obvious reasons, the prices are also in ascending order respectively. These brushes are mostly used for powder substances that include eye shadows, blushes, and detailing. An everyday cleansing spray may be used on these brushes to keep sanitized in between use, however it is strongly recommended deep cleaning on a weekly basis.
The vast majority of “real” brushes are made with squirrel hairs in today’s markets, however more and more companies are switching to fake hairs to keep up with the demand of their clients. All four types of real brushes however, must be treated regularly to keep the fibers in good condition, and to keep soft enough not to irritate the user/ client.
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