All you need to know about synthetic hair make-up brushes
The tools that you use I order to apply your make-up can either make or break your look. When it comes to brushes, the materials which they are made from pay a key role. As you probably already know, make-up brushes can usually be split up into two main categories, each with its unique features, along with their corresponding disadvantages.
As we have previously tackled the topic of natural brushes, today we are going to talk about the second big category of make-up brushes: synthetic brushes.
Synthetic hair make-up brushes are usually made out of either nylon or other synthetic materials. One of the main aspects of synthetic hair make-up brushes is that they do not have a cuticle, making them ideal for both creamy and liquid products, due to the fact that they do not trap make-up.
- Advantages of synthetic hair brushes
One of the main advantages of using a synthetic make-up brush is that it is an excellent option for applying mineral make-up. As a result, the silicates found in mineral make-up pigments have a better aspect. In addition, they are easy to maintain, as they do not require a special type of shampoo designed for these bristles. As a consequence, they last longer. Also, this type of brushes does not absorb pigments, which makes them easier to clean.
A great advantage of this type of brushes is that they are less likely to harbor bacteria. This is mainly due to the fact that there are no natural components that provide a likely environment for bacteria proliferation. In addition, they do not cause allergies (mostly a result of natural ingredients and proteins that could cause irritated skin).
Finally, they are softer in comparison with natural brushes, not to mention the fact that they are less costly than natural ones. Oh, and also cruelty free, which means that no harm is done to any animal.
- Disadvantages of synthetic hair brushes
Synthetic make-up brushes are not perfect. They have some flaws, which you can decide for yourself if they pay a key role in whether you decide to try them or not. One of them is the fact that they do not pick make-up very well. Synthetic hair make-up brushes have a hard time picking up powdery products. As a consequence of the smooth bristles, the powdery product simply slides off, which can result in make-up fallout, which is undesirable.
Another disadvantage of synthetic make-up brushes is the fact that they are not the best brushes for eye shadow application, because the make-up will slide off. However, they can be used as blending and smudging brushes.
- How to store synthetic brushes
As with any type of brush, it is important that they maintain their shape. For this, the brushes should be stored in an upright position. You can put them in a cup, a jar, or anything that makes them stand up. It is also recommended that you keep brushes away from dust as much as possible, because, let’s be honest, nobody wants to put dust on their face. For this reason, it is recommended that you store them in a jar that has a tap. This will prevent dust from reaching the brushes, and thus, from reaching your face.
- How to clean synthetic brushes
While synthetic brushes might not be as sensitive as natural hair brushes, it is still important to keep them clean. The products that you need to use should preferably be especially designed for brushes, in order to assure that they last the test of time. In addition, you should clean brushes that you use with liquid or creamy products once a week, and eye shadow brushes once a month. If needed, you can also use light cleaning products such as cleaning sprays, in order to make sure that your brushes don’t have residue eye shadow on them.
- Types of synthetic materials
Below are some of the most popular synthetic materials. Even though the differences might not be as obvious like in the case of natural hair brushes, it is good to have some knowledge about them:
The earliest make-up brushes were made entirely out of nylon. They were stiff, and totally flat. The main problem with this type of material is that powder products do not stick to it, which can lead to some disastrous fall outs.
This type of material is used to imitate the characteristics of natural sable. One of the main advantages of this material is that it is softer than nylon, and also is a bit more effective at picking up powder.
This type of material is said to be as good as or even better than goat or pony hair at picking up powder products. In addition, it is softer than the previously mentioned materials.
There can be more types of synthetic materials that brushes are made of, due to the fact that the market is quickly developing. Soon, we think that you won’t even be able to tell the difference between a natural and a synthetic brush.
Now that you have accumulated some more information about synthetic hair brushes, you can already start telling the differences between synthetic and natural brushes. Well, this, of course, only if you have read our other post about natural hair brushes, or if you happen to have some previous knowledge regarding this area.
To recap, synthetic brushes are cheaper, easier to clean, longer lasting, and less prone to harboring bacteria. On the other hand, they do not pick powder products as well as natural brushes do. However, they are excellent tools that can be used with liquid and cream products.
What we recommend you, is to buy two similar brushes: one synthetic and one natural. You should test them, and see the differences by yourself. Try to see which works better for you. Then, you will know which tool is best for you and your needs.