Owning good quality brushes is essential for applying make-up properly, and this applies to make-up artists and consumers alike. A great brush will really make a difference on how the product goes on your skin. Having said that, owning good quality brushes does not have to mean expensive. They just have to be constructed properly.
In my kit, I have a range of different brands of make-up brushes, ranging from cheap to expensive. I am a strong believer that make-up brushes do not have to be expensive to be good. This is very much my motto when it comes to cosmetics as well. I pay for quality – not keen on paying for advertising/marketing.
American make-up artist, Kevin James Bennett, did a great post on the things to look out for when buying a good make-up brush (yes, the post also promotes his new line of make-up brushes, but it is still a very informative post).
I will summarise the key points below, but just in case you want to read Kevin’s post, you can find it here. Well worth the read.
- Price is not always an indicator of quality (expensive brushes can sometimes fall apart faster than cheaper ones, or they have poor quality bristles)
- Traditional bristles are typically made of sable, squirrel, goat or a combination of hairs. Modern man-made materials will produce the same results (and often cost much less). Synthetic filaments are specifically designed to enhance make-up brush functionality and performance
- The different type of brush heads available now is overwhelming and confusing. Essentially, the main brush heads are:
- “Square or Angled: Bristles are precisely set in a narrow profile with a sharp angle or flat surface along the top.
- Chisel: Bristles are set in a narrow profile, with tips gently beveled into an assortment of rounded shapes to be used for blending or contouring.
- Pointed: Bristles are set in either a narrow or full round (barrel-shaped) profile. The brush tips are tapered to a precise point for detail work.
- Round: Bristles are arranged in a full round (barrel-shaped) profile. The brush tips can can be either domed, angled or flat topped.
- Kabuki: Similar to the Round, but a larger in a more luxurious, tightly packed brush head. These brushes are available in domed, angled or flat top styles.”*