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Let’s Talk About Makeup Brushes!

I am an
brush-o-holic (I admit it) and
I sincerely believe that
one can never
have too many makeup brushes
. Makeup brushes have been my biggest beauty
obsession for the past two years, and I dare to say that I know pretty much everything
there is to know about them.

If you are
new to makeup brushes and you are wondering how to choose, use and maintain these
beauty tools, stay with me! Today, I’ll share the most basic info about makeup brushes
that every beginner needs to know.

Synthetic Vs. Natural

According to
makeup artists, the main difference between synthetic fibers and natural hair,
as far as application is concerned, is that synthetic brushes are suitable for
liquid product, while real hair works well for “powdery” products. The reason
why natural hair is not recommended for applying liquid makeup is that it soaks
up a lot of product and may leave strokes. Thanks to its porous texture though,
natural hair is good for building up product, as it picks up more pigment.

brushes are my personal favorites. They are incredibly soft, apply product
beautifully (regardless of its texture/formula) and last ages, no matter how
often you wash them. Synthetic brushes are often cheaper compared to natural
hair brushes, which makes them budget friendly (huge plus, if you want to save
some coins).

My personal
reasons for not loving brushes made with real hair is that they tend to lose
their quality after some time (especially when used and washed regularly) + I
am not okay with the idea that the they are made out of animal fur. Not cool.

Still, I
believe that picking makeup tools, above all, is a matter of personal preference,
so… you can choose whatever works best for you.


How to Clean and Dry Makeup Brushes

In order to
preserve the quality of your brushes, always wash them with lukewarm water and gentle, SLES-free soap. Even though many makeup companies offer “makeup brush
cleansers”, in my opinion, you don’t need one of these to get the job done.
Any gentle soap/shower gel/shampoo can
cleanse your brushes perfectly!

Drying your
brushes the right way is essential for not having to throw them out after a few
months of use. Basically, there are two ways to dry your brushes
– upside down, with the bristles pointed downward, or laid on a paper tower. I
personally prefer the first method, because when I dry my brushes upside down,
I am 100% sure no water will get inside the handle (where it can loosen the
glue and cause bristles to shed).

The answer
to the question
“How often do I need to
wash my brushes?”
depends on how often you use them. If you use them daily,
wash them every 3-4 days, in order to prevent bacteria from invading your
precious beauty tools. Otherwise, once a week is okay.

Note: If you use high-quality synthetic
brushes, you shouldn’t worry about “washing them too often” – even if you wash
them every 3-4 days, you can be sure that their performance/quality won’t be

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Essential Makeup Brushes Every Woman Needs

I won’t
blame you for getting overwhelmed with the variety of brushes you can find at makeup
stores – I totally get you, I was there too. For those of you who can’t decide
what to buy and where to start from, here is a short list of my must-have
makeup brushes:

  • Flat/Angled/Domed Brush for liquid
    foundation (preferably a dense one)
  • Large Kabuki Brush for mineral foundation and powder
  • Blush Brush (getting a larger one, will
    allow you to use it for
    bronzer as well)
  • Eyeshadow Brush (for both application and blending)
  • Angled Eyeshadow Brush (for applying
    winged eyeliner, for smudging and for doing your brows)
  • Tapered Highlighter Brush (can be used
    for “baking” as well)

I’d like to finish by sharing something
very important that I’ve learned about makeup brushes –
only because the
packaging says that brush X has to be used for setting
powder, contouring or applying bronzer, doesn’t mean you can’t experiment and
find new ways to work with it.
Most brushes are very versatile and can be used with
different products to achieve different looks. Makeup is fun – play with it and
enjoy the process.

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