Natural vs Synthetic Makeup Brushes
One of the age old beauty questions is which type of makeup brushes are better, natural or synthetic? This has been a controversial topic for many years and continues on to this day. Everyone has there own opinion, but in reality neither of the brushes is completely better. The truth is that the type of brush that is better depends on the situation and preference. To determine if you should go with a natural or a synthetic brush, use the following guideline.
- Type of Product You Are Using
One of the most important deciding factors for which type of brush is better is the type of product that you are going to use it for. As a general rule of thumb, if you are using a powder product then you want to use a natural fiber brush, but if you are using a cream product them you want to use a synthetic fiber brush. Natural fiber brushes tend to be softer, fluffier and more flexible.
The natural bristles also have scales which help trap the powder makeup on the brush so that it is not falling everywhere. Synthetic fiber brushes tend to have less mobility and are slightly stiffer. When you are apply powder products you want to make sure that the brush can move effortlessly which is why the natural is best. Creams can get stuck in the natural fibers and require a slightly firm touch.
Another determining factor for purchasing makeup brushes is the amount of money your are willing to spend. Many people have no limit on the amount of money they will spend, but most people do have a cap. Since synthetic fiber brushes tend to be less expensive, if you have a low budget you may want to purchase them.
- Sensitivities and Allergies
If you suffer from animal allergies or sensitivities then you want to steer clear of natural fiber makeup brushes. The natural bristles are made from either one or more animal hair. When the animal is brushed, all of the excess hair is gathers, grouped by colour and size and bound together to make the brush. If you are allergic to that animal then you will not want to be using that brush on your face.
- Personal Preference
Some people feel that even though they are not harming the animal for their hair, using the hair is wrong. Other people feel that synthetic products are wrong. Since personal preference differs from each person there is no right or wrong answer.