Makeup – the quintessential part of life for every woman no matter which part of the world they come from. And what does one need to apply makeup? Of course, the right makeup brushes.
Makeup brushes come in different shapes, sizes and variants and one must ask the question, whether the choice you make is right for you. Know that a good quality make up brush can create the perfect look that you’re searching for; especially when using a cheap applicator, or one that doesn’t mesh well with your skin can not only create an unwanted appearance, but might also cause rashes if you have a sensitive skin.
Most commonly, makeup brush bristles are classified as natural or synthetic variants. Synthetic bristles are mad-made from polyester or nylon fibers and are less expensive than natural ones. They are often baked and dyed to make them softer and give them more absorbent properties, and these fibers can be of different shapes; tipped, tapered, etched or abraded, to help increase their color transferring capabilities. The biggest advantage of synthetic makeup brushes is that they are prone to lesser amounts of damage from solvents and makeup, are easier to clean and are usually able to offer better and softer layering of powdered blush, cream and concealer. They’re also great for those who are allergic to animal fur.
Natural fibers like squirrel fur, horse or pony hair, goat, badger and kolinsky hair are widely used to make makeup brushes. They are a good choice to use when needed to give a varying layer of shades or color to one’s skin; very soft with squirrel hair, or firm with badger hair.
Goat hair is most commonly used, especially by makeup artists because of its softness and ability to spread powdered color smoothly and evenly across your skin, not to mention that it can also bring a natural luster to your skin. Perfect for blending, buffing and applying sheen, pony hair also falls into the category, much like goat hair, though much finer than goat hair. These kinds of bristles are perfect for brushes used to highlight cheekbones, bronzing or contouring.
Squirrel hair is also very soft and fine and brushes made with them are usually full in the middle and tapered at the tip. The softest squirrel hair comes from the Russian blue or gray squirrel and is usually on the expensive side. Used for blending and contouring as well, these brushes are great for creating shadows and adding details to creases, thereby being the best for adding details to one’s eyes.
Kolinsky hair offers amazing porosity and is wonderful to use for bringing color gradients into play. It is considered as one that offers a true, firm and precise color layer, and the brush can maintain its original shape for years.
Coarser than the rest and stiffer too, badger hair brushes are able to define and shape eyebrows, fill in gaps and are therefore the best to use for eyebrow pencil applications and firm brow feathering.
Make up brushes are a worthy investment, and are also the tool to offer perfect makeup, if only you’re wise and purchase the variety that’s right for the kind of makeup you’re looking for.