The following article
was written by Liza
With so many options available to us, it is becoming increasingly
difficult to know which makeup brushes are worth spending money on. For makeup
artists, high-quality brushes are an essential part of a successful business
and a worthy investment. However, you don't need to be a makeup artist to have
the right tools to help you create a flawless look.
Makeup brushes fall into two categories: ones made with animal
hair and ones made with synthetic bristles. Today's synthetics are actually better than animal-hair brushes, for
many reasons. While the feel of a high-quality synthetic brush may be similar
to an animal-hair one, there are actually many differences between the two.
Here are just some of
the benefits of using a synthetic brush over one made with animal hair:
Animal hair, like human hair, is porous, which means it
absorbs things like bacteria. Although you may wash your brushes regularly,
some dirt or bacteria may remain in the bristles of an animal-hair brush. Synthetic
bristles actually repel dirt and bacteria, making them much easier to clean
because they get less dirty to begin with. As a general rule, makeup artists do
not use animal-hair brushes for cream products for this reason. If you apply a
cream-based product with an animal hair brush, the brush will likely absorb the
product, staining and ruining the brush. When
you purchase a synthetic brush, you are actually getting two brushes in one!
For example, someone who uses animal hair brushes would need two separate
brushes—one for powder eye shadow and one for cream eye shadow. If you own a
synthetic eye-shadow brush, you can use that same brush for both cream and
powder products. In fact, today's high-quality synthetics will pick up just
about any makeup medium with ease, including powder-based products!
Anyone who has ever used an animal-hair brush knows that
they are prone to shedding. Luckily, the majority of synthetics do not shed at
all. Therefore, you won't have to worry about picking hairs off your face or
ruining the makeup job that you just worked so hard to finish.
Another common question that I get about animal-hair brushes
is "Do they really have to kill the animal to make the brush?" That
is a fair question. Many animal-hair brushes are made of animals such as squirrels,
raccoons, or badgers. I don't know about you, but I can't picture Fred the squirrel
sitting still in a chair for a haircut. Even if he would, is it really our
right to keep him caged for his whole life when a better alternative exists?
The sad reality is that the animal-hair makeup brush
industry supports the fur trade. Yet many women I know who would never wear a
fur coat don't think twice about applying their makeup with a squirrel-hair
brush. It is this very idea that made me realize that I had to speak up for
these animals. There are better options available, and you can make a
difference. I don't know about you, but the idea of rubbing a dead raccoon on
my face doesn't sound all that appealing, let alone beautiful. It is truly
inspiring to see how many women have taken a stand against animal testing. I
challenge you to take that notion one step further and think about the brushes that
you are applying your cruelty-free makeup with. Together, we can be the change
that we want to see in the world and help reduce cruelty to animals. Together,
we can help make the beauty industry truly beautiful, both inside and out.
Looking for cruelty-free makeup brushes? Plenty of companies
offer high-quality synthetic brushes that are also affordable. Here are few to
get you started:
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