Are You Up To Date On These Shocking Makeup Brush Facts?
Posted by Rachael Funnell in Makeup
When it comes to beauty many women consider themselves to be hyper-aware of the products and ingredients going into the brands they trust. However in a recent report by Anisa International it was said that a shocking 65% of women are in the dark when it comes to their makeup brushes. So in the interests of health and safety we've compiled a quick makeup brush revision session to make sure you've got all the up-to-date info and are aware of the best tips and tricks for keeping your brushes sanitary and safe.
It might sound obvious but different brushes are better for different uses so it's important to ensure you're buying the right ones so as not to wind up with hundreds of brushes you don't need. If the type of fibre doesn't bother you then natural brushes (that is, ones which use animal hair) are best for makeup application whilst synthetic brushes are best for liquid application. For a comprehensive guide on which brush is for what click here. If you're looking for super-soft then one great natural brush on the market is the Natural Cheek Brush from Shu Uemura £43.00 which uses a variety of natural fibres for perfectly blending powder.
Many vegans and vegetarians are very good at sussing out which brands test on animals for their makeup and skin care, but fewer people are aware of how heavily animals are involved in the makeup brush industry. Many brushes uses fibres made out of mink, horse and even squirrel hair, so if animal hairs is something you're not comfortable with it's important to do your research. One fantastic brush brand for creating expert quality products that come with a reasonable price tag is EcoTools who use high quality, synthetic fibres which won't upset your skin.
Keepin 'Em Clean
We wash our faces every day (or at least when we make it to bed on time...) but if you're not washing your makeup brushes you might as well be rubbing your face in dirt every morning. Makeup brushes accumulate bacteria quite quickly, so it's very important you wash them regularly to prevent breakouts as well as other uncomfortable skin conditions. The best defence is to rinse your brushes in cleanser at least once a week, try to avoid leaving your brushes in a glass to soak as this can result in wooden handles rotting and shedding the fibres (nobody wants a shedding makeup brush).
Sharing Is Not Caring
Whether you work with makeup, models or are just very close with your housemates, it's very important to remember to wash makeup brushes in between uses if you're going to be sharing with others. While your own personal brushes can safely go uncleaned for up to a week, each person has different bacteria living on their faces. You are more tolerant of your own bacteria as it is part of your natural "flora" (healthy bacteria), but introducing bacteria from another person can pose health risks. We all love to share, but if you share your personal beauty products with others you might wind up sharing more than you bargained for...
Having the right makeup for your skin type is vitally important for achieving the perfect look, but if you're trying to apply it with amateur tools then your premium makeup collection will be wasted. By taking these points in to consideration and practicing good brush hygiene, you can make your makeup go further, last longer and look better.
Looking for the perfect vegan-friendly makeup brushes? You can shop the cruelty-free collection from EcoTools here.
Not sure which makeup products are right for your skin? Try taking our quick and free online beauty quiz to discover your beauty matches.