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What’s the Deal with Makeup Brushes?

by Bianca and Maria June 30, 2016 1 comment
What’s the Deal with Makeup Brushes?

When it comes to makeup application, whether you use tools or not and what kind of tools you use can make all the difference and can upgrade you from a makeup newbie to a professional. What’s the Deal with Makeup Brushes? analyzes this beauty topic with pros and cons and provides a short industry analysis.

Investing in good makeup tools will not only make you look flawless but will also save you money in the long run since you will end up using less product and the product applied will last longer. Most brushes are designed to last for years and all serious companies offer at least a 6-month warranty on their tools.

It’s also healthier, provided that you use and clean your tools properly and keep your hands out of your colors and formulas.

All in all, there is literally no con against using brushes, only reasons why you should start using them. So, what should you consider before purchase?

Given that we are both avid users of beauty products, makeup and otherwise, and one of us’ background in working for a makeup company, we thought it a good idea to share what we know and what works best for us. Hope you’ll learn something from our experience and that it will inspire you in your beauty journey.

WHICH BRAND SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?


There is no shortage of brands out there to choose from, so that begs the question: which brand of brushes should you choose? Are high-end brushes truly better than less expensive ones? What’s the difference in quality between them?

Well first, I should be confirming what most of you already know: that most makeup companies outsource manufacturing of their products in China, or countries around China. Also, they don’t own the factories they’re products are produced in and the factories themselves offer no exclusivity apart from not imprinting Mac’s logo on another company’s brush.

Which technically means that you can buy the exact product manufactured in the same factory as MAC, but without the brand name on it at a considerably lower markup. Now, ordering directly from China by yourself is a difficult undertaking for many reasons, one of which being that you are probably not going to find out which company uses what factory, and even if you do, you might need to purchase in batches.

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This leads us to established brush selling companies out there that can do that for you, and sell them to you at a reasonable price. A few of those companies are Real Techniques, Sedona Lace, Sigma Beauty, Zoeva, BH Cosmetics and Morphe.

Regardless of where you buy them, you should conduct your own little research on the company and the specific product you want, and the best way to do that is read/watch reviews. There is no shortage of those on the world wide web.

SYNTHETIC VS. NATURAL


Now that we’ve established brand importance, let’s move on to the various types of brushes. Brushes are made of three parts: the hair (bristles), the ferrule and the handle. A brush’s hair is by far the most important part of a brush, and it’s also what determines the quality of a brush itself. A question that we are asked most often is which type of brush is better: the synthetic or the natural?

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Natural brushes are made of animal hair. The bristles have texture and cuticles that pick up the product and apply it seamlessly, which makes them ideal for powder products. Also, their bristles move more freely which allows you to pick up enough product in one dip. They are not ideal for liquid products due to their cuticles that will absorb their moisture.

Synthetic brushes are usually made of nylon or other synthetic fabrics, which obviously means that no animals are involved in their manufacture. They don’t have a cuticle which makes them perfect for liquid or cream products for the reason discussed above.

If you are like most people and use powders for blush, contour, highlight and eyeshadow, and liquid or hybrid foundation and concealer, then you will probably want a mix of natural and synthetic brushes. However, the difference between how either applies the product is very small. If you use quality makeup products and brushes, you will most likely be fine with either choice.

BRUSH GUIDE


Now that we’ve gone over the basics, it’s time to figure out which type of brushes you need to have in your collection. We set up the following guide that will tell you what each brush does and its best use, to help you pick out the brushes that will work best for you.

As you will see, most of our brushes are from Sedona Lace due to our aforementioned background in working for the company, but this types of brushes are more or less universal. Also a little disclaimer: we’ve had them for a while and they’ve also been accompanying us in our travels and various moves, so some might be in better shape than others.

Face Brushes


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Flat Foundation Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Flat foundation brush.

HOW WE USE IT
This brush is ideal for applying and blending foundation, liquid, and powder, as it blends the product very well on the skin and creates a smooth complexion and great coverage. The dream for thick formulas.

WORKS BEST WITH
Liquid, cream and powder foundation.

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Classic Foundation Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Classic flat foundation brush.

HOW WE USE IT
The small and compact size of this brush is perfect for applying liquid or cream foundation in certain areas of the face that you haven’t reached with a buffer brush. We wouldn’t recommend for applying full face foundation as it can leave foundation streaks which is definitely not what you want.

WORKS BEST WITH
Liquid, powder and cream foundation.

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Duo Fibre/Stippling Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Classic duo fibre foundation brush also called a stippling brush.

HOW WE USE IT
Due to its layered bristles, this brush creates an airbrushed, buildable look. Great for more light formulas, not for thick formulas that dry quickly on the skin.

WORKS BEST WITH
Liquid and powder foundation, and also a light touch of blush and highlight.

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Flat Top Kabuki

BRUSH PROFILE
Flat top kabuki brush.

HOW WE USE IT
Similar to the flat top brush discussed above, this brush has more densely packed bristles and a larger head which are ideal for applying foundation when you’re in a hurry. Great for blending and coverage.

WORKS BEST WITH
Liquid, powder and cream foundation.

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Kabuki Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Kabuki brush.

HOW WE USE IT
We use it to apply translucent powder after we’re done with applying liquid products such as foundation and concealers. It can also be used with any other products that require buffing.

WORKS BEST WITH
Powder products.

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Concealer Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Compact concealer brush.

HOW WE USE IT
Great for applying concealers and correctors in harder to reach areas such as under the eyes, on the corners of your nose. Also good for quick and precise touch-ups.

WORKS BEST WITH
Liquid and cream products.

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Flat Contour Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Flat contour brush.

HOW WE USE IT
Great for achieving a precise, sculpted contour on your cheeks and nose.

WORKS BEST WITH
Liquid, cream and powder products.

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Angled Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Angled soft brush.

HOW WE USE IT
We use it to apply blush and powder contour products for a more buffed in, less sculpted look.

WORKS BEST WITH
Powder blush and contour products.

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Finishing Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Detail finishing brush.

HOW WE USE IT
Small head brush, mostly used to apply highlight, blush, and contour in a more precise technique.

WORKS BEST WITH
Powder highlight, blush, and contour.

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Tulip/Tapered Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Tapered powder brush.

HOW WE USE IT
Versatile brush, ideal for applying powders, especially bronzer since you don’t need a precise application. Also used for packing translucent powder under the eyes and a diffused contour. You can also use it to blend in excess products.

WORKS BEST WITH
Powdered blush, bronzer, highlight, contour and translucent products.

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Blush Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Soft blush brush.

HOW WE USE IT
The loose bristles allow for a buildable blush and highlight application.

WORKS BEST WITH
Powder blush and highlight.

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Fan Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Luxurious fan brush.

HOW WE USE IT
Ideal for blush, highlighter, and bronzer. Also, removes fallen eyeshadow in single swiping motions.

WORKS BEST WITH
Powder highlighter and blush.

Eye Brushes


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Eye Shading Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Compact eye shadow brush.

HOW WE USE IT
This brush is used to pack eyeshadow color on the upper and lower lid. Seamlessly applies highlighter color to brow bone as well.

WORKS BEST WITH
Both cream and powder eyeshadow.

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Crease Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Crease defining eyeshadow brush.

HOW WE USE IT
The pointed tip is perfect for precision application and crease definition. It can also be used to smudge out liner and shadow on the lower lash line.

WORKS BEST WITH
Powder eyeshadow.

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Blending Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Densely packed round blending brush.

HOW WE USE IT
This brush is ideal for blending all kinds of eyeshadow formulas and gives a flawless finish. Also good for a diffused application. As an added bonus, it also blends concealer very well.

WORKS BEST WITH
Powder and cream formulas.

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Universal Blender

BRUSH PROFILE
Flat blending brush.

HOW WE USE IT
Provides a more precise blending due to its flat shape. Ideal for blending crease colors, but also allows for a buildable application of eyeshadow.

WORKS BEST WITH
Powder formulas.

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Angled Detail Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Angled detail brush.

HOW WE USE IT
We use it either to apply eyeliner or to define and fill in eyebrows. Its flatness allows for a very precise application. Using it sideways fits perfectly with the shape of our eyebrows.

WORKS BEST WITH
Gel, cream or wet powder for eyeliner, and powder for eyebrows.

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Pencil Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Rounded, small tapered brush.

HOW WE USE IT
Perfect for smudging out and blending eyeliner for gorgeous smokey eye looks.

WORKS BEST WITH
Powder and cream formulas.

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Bent Eyeliner Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Precise eyeliner brush.

HOW WE USE IT
As its title suggests, it’s used solely for eyeliner application. It’s bent shape make it easier to have an unobstructed view.

WORKS BEST WITH
Cream formulas.

Duo Spoolie Brush

Duo Spoolie Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Spoolie duo brush.

HOW WE USE IT
This duo is perfect for applying brow color effortlessly, and then blending it out to look completely natural. It can also be used for eyeliner for the perfect cat eye look.

WORKS BEST WITH
Cream, gel and wet powder formulas.

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Eye Shader Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Soft eye shader brush.

HOW WE USE IT
We use it solely to apply highlighter to the inner corner of the eyes and brow bone.

WORKS BEST WITH
Cream and powder formulas.

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Detailed Shader Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Detailed shader brush.

HOW WE USE IT
Small shading brush perfect for applying eyeshadow in the inner and outer corner of the eye, as well as on the lower lash line.

WORKS BEST WITH
Powder formulas.

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Detail Powder Brush

BRUSH PROFILE
Detailed, compact powder brush.

HOW WE USE IT
We only use this brush throughout the day for small touchups or to apply translucent powder on and around T-zone.

WORKS BEST WITH
Powder formulas.

Keep in mind that most brushes are versatile, it’s just a matter of what you prefer and what works best for you personally. Either way, if you’ve never used brushes before to apply your makeup, we promise you that after trying them you’ll never want to go back.

Questions, comments or concerns? Leave us a note below or contact us, we’d love to hear from you!

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