What is the difference between Natural and Synthetic hair brushes?
Synthetic hair brushes
Synthetics are man-made of either nylon or polyester filaments. They can be tapered, tipped and flagged to ensure correct pick up and placement of colour. Often, synthetic hairs are dyed and baked to make them softer and more absorbent. The common filament are taklon and nylon. Advantages of synthetic brushes are:
1: They are less prone to damage from makeup and solvents.
2: They are easier to keep clean than natural hair brushes because the filaments don't trap or absorb pigment.
3: They are better suited for for soft layering of powders or cream color and concealer.
4. They are usually more Eco and vegan friendly.
Synthetic brushes are used in application of liquids, creams and gels. They are densely packed brushes and apply a heavier application than a natural bristle. Ie. foundation brush
Natural hair brushes
Various types of natural materials include squirrel, badger, pony and kolinsky. Hand stacked in place for various shapes and sizes. Natural bristles are used for layering of color with a variety of touches – from very soft (squirrel) to firm (badger).
Natural bristle brushes are generally used for application of powders. They apply in softer layers gradually adding definition and colour. ie. blush or eye shadow brushes.
What kind of brushes do I need?
Makeup brushes come in many shapes and sizes and each kind of brush has different advantages and disadvantages depending on your intended use. It's a good idea to include various types of brushes in your make up kit, giving you a variety of tools for different looks.
A perfect brush set can not only save time in creating the right look, but expand the range of looks at your disposal. The key to makeup is blending, for which you need decent makeup brush tools. A specific brush is made for a specific task. Look at your makeup collection. Look at your routine. Then, decide which makeup brushes will help you make the most of your unique features.
What's used for each brush?
Large Powder: Powder application. Blending of powder products such as face powder and Bronzers.
Dome Blush: Soft cheek application. Use to softly lift the cheekbone.
Duo Fibre Foundation: Soft foundation application which creates an airbrush effect onto the skin. Can be used with powder, liquid or cream products. Natural and Synthetic blend.
Flat Foundation: Foundation application. Apply liquid or cream products such as foundation and primer.
Concealer/Lip: This brush doubles up to conceal small areas whilst also working as the perfect sized lip applicator.
Small Angle: Precise eye brow application. This sturdy synthetic brush will give you that perfectly tapered finish. Use with eye shadows or wax.
Eye Liner: Create smooth and even lines. Use with gel or liquid liners.
Pencil: Soften and smoke out lines. Soften pencil liners along the top and bottom lash lines, add shadow to line the eyes, or use to highlight inner corner of eyes.
Tapered Blending: Soft goat hair used to blend into crease of the eye. Using just the tips to apply color, sweep back and forth through the crease for a diffused and blended finish.
Crease Blender: Use also to blend into crease of the eye. Use for smaller eyes or for outer corner detail on larger eyes.
Large Shader: Uniformly cover the whole lid with product. Use to apply base shadows.
Medium lid Shader: Soft application of colour onto the lid of the eye.
Why are brushes shedding?
It’s normal for the brushes to shed some hairs in the first few uses, especially large powder brushes. When you receive your brushes, we recommend carefully washing with shampoo and leaving the brushes to lie flat on an absorbent surface to dry. After washing and a few uses, they will stop shedding hairs and be perfect for precise makeup application.
Do not dry your brushes with a hair dryer, hand dryer or a radiator. This will cause the hairs to melt or Synge which will result in a short life line, distorted brushes and uneven make up application.
How to store brushes?
Never store brushes so that bristles are bent backward or out of shape. Never keep brushes upside down in a cylinder or brush holder. If you purchase a cylinder keep brushes upright in the cylinder at all times. This will ensure they keep their shape. Other alternatives are keeping them in a brush roll, brush wrap or even in a glass or a vase.