Which is better, synthetic makeup brushes or animal hair brushes? The answer might surprise you. Here’s how to find the perfect brush for you.
If you want a gorgeous makeup look, you need the right tool for the job. The array of applicator options, ranging from synthetic fibre and animal hair brushes to sponges and good old-fashioned fingertips, is overwhelming.
Some people use one type of brush exclusively, and this is certainly understandable for vegans. Ideally, though, you should choose your brush to match the job you're doing. Here’s everything you need to know about the differences between synthetic makeup brushes and animal hair brushes.
A Guide to Natural Makeup Brushes
What are natural makeup brushes?
Natural bristles are real animal hair—often squirrel or goat hair in the case of makeup brushes.
Why use a natural makeup brush?
Much like your own hair, natural bristles have cuticles. These cuticles are great for picking up the smallest bits of pigment. The lifting power of cuticles makes natural hair great for blending makeup to a natural, seamless look.
What are natural makeup brushes for?
A Guide to Synthetic Makeup Brushes
What are synthetic makeup brushes?
Synthetic makeup brushes are made from factory-created materials such as nylon and polyester. Synthetic makeup brushes contain no animal hair.
Why use a synthetic makeup brush?
The individual hairs on synthetic makeup brushes stick together much better than those of natural makeup brushes. While natural hairs like to go off and do their own thing, synthetic hairs fall neatly into place. Highly shaped brushes are usually synthetic.
What are synthetic makeup brushes for?
Synthetic makeup brushes are perfect for liquid formulas: foundation, cream blush, and gel eyeliner. Synthetic hairs don’t soak up makeup like natural brushes do, so they stay a bit cleaner and are especially good for products you use in higher quantities, like foundation.
For the ultimate foundation brush, we adore the Benefit Foundation Brush. It’ll leave you with a natural-looking, streak-free finish.