Let the brushes do the work
Okay, so I can go on a RANT about brushes. Not that it is super important to the world like political issues, but it is vastly important in the makeup industry. It’s your tools, like paintbrushes and pencils in art. It's what changed the makeup game to a few really good makeup artists to everyone is basically a makeup artist nowadays with a great set of brushes!
So with so many choices nowadays what do you pick? You could go the traditional route and purchases mainstream ones like MAC, Morphe, AND Sigma. Or you can save way more money and use something that is the same if not, better. Trust me, I have used my share of brushes in 10 years.
What Makes A Good Brush For Makeup?
A good brush blends makeup flawlessly. It does most of the work for you.
Example: Sigma Brushes
A great brush blends makeup, does not shed, and is inexpensive.
Example: Morphe Brushes
An AMAZINGLY AWESOME brush makes you look like a blending master, does not hurt your wallet, and shows respect for the planet by being eco-friendly and cruelty-free.
Example: Eco Tools
MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE duo i use on set
Eco tools is really an underrated brush brand. They’re affordable and give you amazing results while being ethically conscious with their packaging. My favorite is the tapered fluffy brush for applying product. It pretty much does the blending for you. Since it’s tapered it gets right in the crease as well. I notice I don’t have to work as hard blending when I use this brush first. It's first on my list because it works so well, does not shed, and the bamboo handles are an added plus. It's a good feeling knowing when/if you throw it away you know that it's not just another plastic thing sitting in a landfill for 100 years.
Also, do not fall into the consumerism trap of purchasing tons of brushes. There's really no need. All you need is a solid set for each part of the face that you can use over and over! Sure you can just buy sets that brush companies sell. But I've found that sometimes they put a lot of unnecessary brushes in there so you have to buy another set to complete it. What I like to do is mix and match from brands that I love to make a cocktail of brushes.
But which brush goes with which product?
So there’s many guides out there that tell you exactly which brush to use for which product. I honestly break those rules from time to time. For example sometimes I’ll use a lip brush to apply concealer. There’s no set in stone way to use brushes. You find what works for you and go from there! However, if you still want a guide I suggest this very helpful one from Style On The Side.
What is this thing and how do i use it?
This funny looking brush is called a fan brush. It’s very helpful when you want just a teeny bit of product to dust on your face. For example, glitter or shimmery shadow to highlight your natural features. It’s really an optional brush and not that needed. But it is fun to look at.
NATURAL FUR VS. SYNTHETIC
So there's a difference between natural brush bristles vs. synthetic. Natural brushes are made from actual animal fur from goats, horses, & squirrels. The problem with that is that it's a very inhumane procedure. In a perfect world they brush companies would wait for the animal fur to shed off naturally and then use it right? Well most companies do not have the time or want to wait for that to happen so the fur is taken off in a torturous way. Imagine your hair being pulled directly out of your scalp.
But the good news is that synthetic brushes work just as well if not better. All the brands I suggest to you today are made from synthetic (fake) hair. Essentially that means they are made of man made bristles, usually from nylon or other synthetic fibers. Also synthetic brushes are inexpensive!
All these eye shadow looks were created with the Eco Tools Eye Enhancing Duo Brush Set!
But wait, what about mac brushes?
What about them? They are expensive and there are better alternatives. MAC tests on animals and is not a good brand to buy from anyway. MAC is popular because of their brand name but to be honest their products are a bit overrated. There’s so many better, healthy alternatives nowadays!