There are countless different kinds of make-up brushes on the market. Selecting the right ones for your everyday use doesn’t need to be a hassle. Make-up brushes can be costly these days, however I do think that investing in quality brushes goes a long way.
Cleaning your brushes
- How often? Cleaning your brushes routinely is a must. I would recommend cleaning them once a week; Dirty brushes can cause all types of problems. All of the built up bacteria will cause breakouts, and clean makeup brushes also promise a flawless application.
- What to use. An expensive brush cleanser is by no means necessary. I typically use baby shampoo, because it’s gentle and safe for the skin. If the bristles seem to be getting a bit dry and brittle, add a small amount of olive oil into the baby shampoo.
- How to wash. Rinse the brushes in water, put a small amount of the soap into the palm of your hand and lightly swirl the brush in your hand. You can massage the brush a little bit to make sure that you aren’t cleaning just the tips. Rinse the brush until the water runs clear.
- Preventing damage. Always keep the brush facing down and never soak your brushes. The ferrule of the brush, which is the metal part of the brush connecting the handle to the bristles, contains glue that bonds the bristles together. Holding the brush upside down will cause water to seep down and start to break down the glue. This is what makes the brush shed, and in some cases totally fall apart.
- How to dry. Drying your brushes is simple. Gently squeeze out the excess water, shape the bristles back to the brush’s original shape and lay them flat to dry on a towel. If you can, place the brushes toward the edge of the counter or table so that the entire brush is exposed to air.
Types of brushes
- Brushes with Natural bristles are made out of various types of animal hair. Because of this, they’re typically a bit more expensive than synthetic brushes. Natural bristled brushes are typically made of squirrel, goat, badger, horse, mink or sable hair. Natural bristles are able to hold color pigments better than synthetic bristles because they have more texture due to their cuticles. I use brushes with natural bristles for my powder make-up products.
- Brushes with Synthetic bristles are what I tend to use for liquid and cream products. Since they don’t have a cuticle like natural bristled brushes do, they don’t grab onto the product as much. This is why I don’t typically use brushes with synthetic bristles for powder products.