EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MAKEUP BRUSHES
So I've been meaning to get new makeup brushes for ages now. Or any in fact, as I got a set aa long time ago that is now reduced to one piece. I either lost them you see, or my boyfriend's dog chewed it up.. :D Aaaannyway, long story short, I (Zsanett) have been using my hands to do most of my makeup, and I thought I'd change it up a bit and get a basic set. Where from tho'? How much do I spend? I don't want low quality, but also not happy to fork out hundreds for a good set. I had no idea where to start, so luckily I could just go and ask our fave go-to makeup artist, my cousin, Greta, who also happens to be my flatmate. How handy, right?
I had so much to ask, and while I was firing all my clueless questions at her, I had a thought. I can't be the only one that knows so little about makeup brushes, right? So here we are, all you need to know from a makeup enthusiast, with more brushes you can count, Greta.
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WHICH BRANDS CAN YOU RECOMMEND WHEN ON BUDGET?
I love Real Techniques. Affordable and good quality, you can get them at Boots. A good set is about £40. There is a brand as well you can order online from called Morphe, their brushes are not only good looking, good quality but pocket friendly as well. You can get a good basic brush set for only £26. I can also recommend Zoeva brushes, although they are a bit more pricey, basic sets are about £65.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY BRUSHES?
Ideally you should "quick clean" them with products I mention below after each use. It depends how often you use your brushes, what you use them for, how you store them and how sensitive your skin is really. Generally you need to deep clean them once a week. You should always make sure to wash your eyeliner brushes after every use. If you suffer from breakouts or skin sensitivity then deep clean your brushes at least twice a week.
WHAT SHOULD I USE TO CLEAN THEM?
There is a brush cleanser from Mac for only £12 and Aromatherapy brush cleaner from Cozette for £15.95 I really like, but you can get an even cheaper one from Surgical Spirit for £1.79 at Superdrug, although it wont smell as lovely as the first two I mentioned. I have a "brush egg" as well that helps to clean more thoroughly. Always make sure to let your brushes dry laying down horizontally on a towel.
WHAT'S YOUR DREAM SET? IF MONEY WASN'T AN ISSUE?
I'd love to get a set from Bdellium tools, when I was studying at Delamar Academy, I remember all my teachers had them. I also love brushes from Bobbi Brown and Charlotte Tilbury.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SYNTHETIC AND NATURAL HAIR BRUSHES?
Real hair brushes are more expensive, and obviously not cruelty free. They are better for powders rather than liquids, I found it absorbs more product when using liquid makeup. They are also very high maintenance as you don't only need to use an actual shampoo, you need to condition them as well. While synthetic brushes are good for liquid make up as well as powders as long as it's high quality brush. It's also much easier to clean, with either brush cleansers or just plain washing up liquid. I prefer to use synthetic to be honest, it just makes me feel better about animal cruelty. Also, it's more affordable.