Like any makeup lover, you probably have your share of favorite brushes. Your brushes are some of the most important tools in your beauty arsenal. A good makeup brush can make a huge impact when trying to achieve a flawless look, while a poorly maintained brush can result in a sloppy application.
Good brushes can be quite expensive, and you want to make sure that you are getting the biggest bang for your buck. So how long will your investment last? According to Health.com , synthetic brushes can last for about a year, while natural-hair brushes can last much longer.
Both synthetic and natural brushes play essential roles in a makeup artist’s tool kit. Synthetic brushes are made from materials such as nylon or polyester, while natural-hair brushes are made from animal hair. According to StyleCaster, synthetic brushes work best for cream or liquid-based products, while natural-hair brushes are better for powder products such as eyeshadows and bronzers.
The good news is that you can extend the life of both types of brushes with proper care and storage. Clean your brushes regularly and allow them to dry thoroughly. Be gentle when drying them to prevent premature bristle loss. Store them upright with the bristles pointing up, so they don’t lose their shape. Still, nothing lasts forever. If you start to notice a funny smell on any of your brushes, it’s better to toss them. Makeup brushes can host a variety of germs, including staphylococcus and e. Coli, according to Good Housekeeping. These can irritate your skin and lead to infections. It is possible to sanitize your brushes, but if the smell persists even after you have cleaned them, it’s time to start fresh.
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