Makeup application does not have to be a complicated process that can only be mastered by the makeup artists. Anyone can use makeup brushes to get a flawless makeup application every time. This article will explore the types of bristles, brush selection, what brushes to start with, how to use the brushes, and how to take care of the brushes. Finally a brief mention is made of some of the more common brands.
Two Types of Bristles
There are two types of makeup brushes; those that have natural bristles and those with synthetic. The natural bristles are made from animal hair that might come from badger, pony, goat, squirrel, or sable. The synthetic brushes are made often of taklon or nylon. The advantage of the natural bristles is they hold powder much better than synthetic brushes. The advantage of the synthetic brushes are they are easier to clean and they hold onto creams much better.
Selecting the Perfect Brush
When choosing your makeup brushes, try them out in the store. Rub the brush against your skin. It should feel smooth, not rough or scratchy. Run the brush against your hand and see if any bristles fall out. If so, don’t get that brush. Don’t think that just a few will fall out and then stop. If some bristles fall out now, they most likely will continue to do so the life of the brush. The brush handle needs to feel comfortable in your hand. Try holding it in various positions and see how it feels to work with it. It needs to feel balanced. See if the handle feels too slippery or too rough. Some brushes come with bamboo handles which are very nice and inexpensive Foundation Brush B07BLR5LFM.
You do not have to spend a lot of money for a good makeup brush unless you are going into the makeup profession. Some nicer brushes start at $5-20 per brush and go up from there. If you are new at this, start with a set of brushes costing $15-25 total. Get experienced with using the brushes and then upgrade to better brushes as your budget allows. I know of some $10 brushes that do just as well as a $25 brush so don’t think price is the determining factor for a quality brush.