Brushes: A Guide Pt.1

Hello Beauties!

I am back with little guide on brushes. I think brushes can be quite challenging because there’s so many! So many types, so many sizes, so many shapes. So many brushes that say they’re all for the same but they look different. It’s tough! But I hope this will help make it a little easier. I’d like ti do this in part, with this one being a general overview, and from there we’ll go more in to specifics.

To start off, let’s discuss the three main parts of a brush: the bristles (or hair), the ferrule, and the handle.s1889377-main-LheroBristles are the hairs on the brush and these are usually categorized as natural and synthetic. Natural bristles are made with different types of animal hair such as goat hair. Synthetic bristles are just that, synthetic. There are definitely noticeable differences look-wise with both brushes. The brush pictured above is synthetic. The bristles aren’t a natural hair color, and usually the texture of synthetic brushes is much softer. Natural brushes look and feel like natural hair. Synthetic brushes have recently started to evolve, and there’s now synthetic brushes that look like natural brushes. They are much softer but pick up product like a natural brush would. Both brushes pick up product differently, and both work for different types of product. Synthetic brushes (ones that do not imitate animal hair) pick up more product because of the texture of the bristles. They’re a lot softer and smoother. They also don’t soak up liquid products like natural hair tends to. Synthetic brushes can really be good for any type of product, though I prefer to use them for cream and liquid products over powder. However, synthetic brushes that mimic natural bristles are great for powder. Natural bristles tend pick up less product, so they’re great for powder because they won’t put too much product on your face at a time. They also tend to blend powders better on top of liquids that are already placed.

Another important factor to take into consideration is density. Density is how tightly packed the bristles are…how many bristles the maker put in the ferrule. The ferrule holds the bristles, which are typically glued together. The more bristles, the more density, the more product it picks up. Additionally, the length of the bristle is important because that determines how much support your brush will have. The longer the bristle, the less density the brush will appear to have as well.

Let’s see a couple examples:

Pictures above are kabuki brushes, which are brushed with way shorter handles. We can see that the Hourglass brush (left) looks more compact, has way shorter bristles. The bristles don’t really spread out towards the top. The Becca brush (right) has long bristles, but it fans out more freely at the top, which means its less dense. Therefore, Becca would pick up less product.

Typically, you want to use a denser brush for foundation, foundation powder, or concealer because its purpose is to give coverage. Therefore you would want more product to picked up by your brush. A less dense brush is great  if you want to throw on some powder blush or some bronzer, something that you want to build up rather than pack a large amount on right away.

So I want to stop here for now, as to not overwhelm. I feel like sometimes I just ramble on and on. Next post, we’ll get into specifics, like brushes and tools for applying foundation. We’ll take it a step at a time together. Have a wonderful night guys!


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