Makeup brushes - which ones to choose and how to care for them?
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Makeup brushes - which ones to choose and how to care for them?

Among the hundreds of makeup accessories available, you can just get lost. That is why it is worth taking inventory in the bathroom and instead of countless applicators, sponges and sponges, make a set of the most important, necessary brushes that will work in the hands of beginners and professional makeup lovers. Here are the tips.

Different types of bristles, a large selection of makeup brush shapes make us often make mistakes when choosing for the first time. Hence the growing number of gadgets taking up valuable space on shelves or in dressing table drawers. Where to start looking for something really necessary and practical? Which one to choose at the beginning? First you need to answer the question: what bristle should the brush be made of?

Which brushes to choose - natural or synthetic?

This is a dilemma! Let's try to do it quickly comparison and highlight the most important Advantages and disadvantages.

Well natural bristles it is very soft and pleasant to the touch. For the production of such brushes, the wool of badgers, squirrels, horses and weasels is most often used. Note: definitely not for vegans and allergy sufferers! In turn, the delicacy and fluffiness of the bristles make it the ideal accessory for applying, distributing and blending dry and loose cosmetics, i.e. powders, blushes, eye shadows and highlighters. However, when buying such a brush, it is worth checking if it falls out of the hair. How? Just pull them up a little. If there is nothing left in your hand, this is a sign that the brush is well made. However, you need to remember that natural bristles are porous, so a lot of powder or blush will remain on the brush, and not on the skin. In addition, the shape and bristles of a natural brush are easily deformed. Therefore, they need to be replaced more often. To sum up: pleasant to use, but not very economical and, unfortunately, less durable.

And what about synthetic bristles? Nylon or polyester fibers are strong, durable and easy to keep clean. They work best with liquid and creamy cosmetic formulas, i.e. foundations, concealers and cream blushes. They absorb less cosmetics than natural bristles and are less likely to cause allergies, and if they do, it is more likely as a result of an allergy to the dye that the fibers are coated with.

What brushes do I need to get started?

If you want to complement the basic set of brushes, we offer only five different sizes and shapes for applying color cosmetics. This is enough to do all the makeup.

  • Let's start with foundation brush. Here you will need a large, preferably synthetic brush with a flat top tip. The idea is for the brush to apply a perfect, thin layer of foundation to the skin without leaving streaks. Cropped thick bristles penetrate into all nooks and crannies on the face. The application itself will be very nice if you find a soft brush. Try this one, for example, from the line Beter, flat foundation brush, synthetic bristles. In addition to foundation, you can use it to apply a creamy highlighter on your cheeks and even a foundation stick to contour your face.

Beter, Foundation Brush, Flat Synthetic Bristle, 1 Brush 

  • Now it's time to choose powder brush. The bigger and fluffier the better. Round, slightly cut on the sides, it is suitable for loose and pressed powder. The bristles should leave a minimum amount of powder particles on the skin. After all, we are talking only about the completion of makeup and a gentle matte or satin effect. Such a large and fluffy brush can be found, for example, here: Donegal La Brush.


  • Third, important brush is for applying blush and bronzer. It should be smaller and shorter than the one for applying powder. In addition, it should have a slightly sloping surface in order to direct blush or bronzer over the cheekbones in one motion. Check Ibra, blush, bronzer and highlighter brush.

Ibra, Blush, Bronzer & Highlighter Brush #106 

  • after brushyou will need it for shading and shading shadows for centuries. Although makeup artists collect countless eye brushes in professional suitcases, we need only one, but it’s versatile. Small, short, slightly truncated and flattened at the top, and also quite soft and dense. With such a brush, you can apply and distribute shadows both on the upper eyelid and on the lower one. If you master this art, decide for yourself if you need another brush - for example, to mix colors. There is a universal Top Choice Eyeshadow Brush Extra S.

Eyeshadow brush Top Choice S, 1 pc. 

  • The last brush in the set of five essentials is a special brush for highlighting eyebrows. Small, sharply defined and thin, it is used to apply pressed or cream eyeshadows. You can easily make lines in the brows by thickening them this way, or draw thicker lines with shadows. You can also use this eyeshadow brush. This works well if you want to draw a thin line of black eyeshadow along your lashes. Where to look for it? For example here Donegal Love Pink Brow Brush.

Donegal, Love Pink, Brow Brush, 1 Brush 

How to clean brushes?

There are several ways to effectively remove excess makeup from your brushes. One of the quickest is to wash them with a mild bar of soap. However, you must be careful because this treatment dries out the bristles, so you can only wash synthetic brushes with a strip. Dampen the soap and use a brush to lather it, then squeeze the bristles with your fingers and rinse under running water. In the case of foundation brushes, you can use body wash oil, which is great for dissolving impurities.

There is also a homemade way for makeup artists to keep natural brushes fresh and fluffy. Wash them with a mild baby shampoo, then (after rinsing) apply hair conditioner. After a while, rinse, wring out the towel and put in a dry, ventilated place. After drying, the bristles will be as soft and gentle as new. And if you prefer to take a shortcut, you can stock up on a special formula for cleaning your brushes, such as Ibra, gel for washing brushes.

Ibra, brush wash gel, 300 ml 

You can find more articles about makeup and beauty tips in our passion I care about beauty. 

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