Many of our readers probably use makeup brushes on a daily basis, or even more than once a day. But have you ever wondered how they are made, and what type of materials are used in their manufacture?
The typical makeup brush has three main parts: the handle, the bristles and the ferrule.
The handle is made from plastic, resin or wood (coated in either paint or varnish). Sometimes handles are also manufactured from sustainable or recycled materials such as bamboo. The handle is where you will find the brand logo as well as other important information like its size and purpose.
The ferrule is normally made of some or other type of metal such as aluminum, nickel-plated brass or plastic. The bristles are glued to the top of the ferrule, which is often pinched flat. Take note that the bottom of the ferrule is also glued to the handle, so it’s not advisable to allow water to get into the ferrule or to leave the brush in water.
The bristles are probably the most important part of any makeup brush. They are made from animal hair or synthetic hair, or a combination of these two.
- Animal hair bristles are also known as ‘natural’ bristles. They typically come from animals such as goats, squirrels, badgers, sables/weasels, or horses. The type of hair used depends on the cost and the level of softness the manufacturer wants to achieve.
- Synthetic bristles are an increasingly popular alternative for both ethical and practical reasons. Although they are sometimes dyed brown or black to imitate the look of animal hair, they use 100 percent manufactured fibers such as polyester or nylon. These are very smooth and less makeup goes to waste than with natural bristles. This makes them a good choice when you are applying creams, gels and liquids. There are nowadays also synthetic brushes on the market that are specifically manufactured for applying powder.
To see us in action wander over to our Tik Tok @eigshowbeauty to see our video on how we make our makeup tools!
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