The bristles on makeup brushes come in one of three forms: natural, synthetic, or hybrid. You may find sets that include brushes made of one type of bristle, or a mix of each.
Made from real animal hair, natural bristles have a porous structure that makes them perfect for picking up color from powder cosmetics, but they’re not as ideal for cream and liquid products.
Because synthetic bristles aren’t as absorbent as their natural counterparts, cream blushes and liquid foundation won’t get trapped their bristles, and they blend eyeshadow and other cosmetics to a natural finish without removing much color. They’re still no match for natural bristles when it comes to applying powders.
You can often spot hybrid brushes by their telltale two-tone design, as each individual bristle in is made of both natural animal hair and synthetic material. Combining these two materials creates a versatile tool that lends itself to applying and blending virtually any type of makeup.
It is important the quality of the makeup brushes, but also it is important how you will clean them. Keeping them clean and sanitized will make them to last for years and years. It is terrible for your skin if you use your makeup brushes with all that dirt and oil that can be in those bristles in that condition.Skipping good, regular cleansing can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Not only will cleaning your tools help keep bacteria off your face but it will also condition those expensive brushes—they should last a very long time, given the investment to purchase the best brushes (which we recommend). All you need to grab is some baby shampoo and some makeup brushes that are ready to be cleaned.
First, run your brush bristles under lukewarm water. Make sure to keep the bristles pointing downwards, avoiding the area where the handle meets the head. If water gets in there, it can loosen the glue that holds the bristles together! Next, dispense a small amount of baby shampoo into the palm of your hand. About a nickel-sized amount should do the trick.Now, swirl the brush bristles into the baby shampoo until it creates a rich lather. After you feel you’ve worked out the dirt and oil that has been trapped in the bristles, rinse the brush head under lukewarm water again.Squeeze the excess water out of the brush by pulling it in between your thumb and the side of your index finger. If the water that is released is dirty, go ahead and repeat the cleansing process again. Once the water runs clear, you know you’ve done a good job and can move on to the next step. Use a cloth or a paper towel to dry off the bristles, reshaping them as you go. Don’t forget to clean your other makeup tools, like your eyelash curler! Just take a little baby shampoo in between your fingers, massage it in, and then give a quick rinse. Lay your brushes flat to dry over night.