Lowdown on caring for brushes and the types of brushes...
Caring for brushes is pretty simple, what i do is i wash my brushes every time i use them (to eliminate cross contamination and to increase the life of the brushes) i use shampoo and conditioner and it works just as good as a brush cleaner (but it smells better :p) you can use baby wipes too as a quick fix but it is best that the brushes are washed out thoroughly. Another useful tip is to wash brushes in lukewarm water as hot water will melt the bond in which the bristles are held together inside the brush. Quality is also another factor, you can get natural haired brushes and synthetic haired brushes. Here's the difference between the two types.
Natural haired brushes
- a 'rougher' touch
- made from animal hairs.. the type of animal determines how soft the brush is... e.g. if the brush was made out of a squirrel then the bristles would be very soft than using pony hair which would be not as soft.
- slightly more difficult to care for than synthetic brushes.
- It is used only for powder applications. for example face powder, powder blushes and powder eye-shadow.
Synthetic haired brushes
- animal friendly! :) because the bristles are man made from nylon or polyester filaments.
- less prone to damage from make up and solvents.
- easier to clean compared to natural haired brushes because it doesn't trap or absorb any pigment.
- since the bristles are smooth they don't hold powders. Thus, they are better suited for the application of creams such as liquid/cream foundation, cream brusher and cream eye-shadow.
Important things that you should know...
Hopefully this will help you in distinguishing the differences between the brushes and it will help you be wiser in choosing your brushes.
Peace and love