NAT­U­RAL vs SYN­THETIC

One of the most com­mon co­nun­drums surrounds the use of nat­u­ral ver­sus syn­thetic brushes. Is there re­ally a dif­fer­ence? Which type pro­vides the best ap­pli­ca­tion/cov­er­age and what prod­ucts are best used with which? MAC artist Kiekie Stan­ners weighs in on th

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NAT­U­RAL BRUSHES

Made of: Nat­u­ral an­i­mal hair, of­ten sable, squir­rel or goat. Ben­e­fits: Nat­u­ral hair con­tains cu­ti­cles, which have great pick-up and blend­ing prop­er­ties. The nat­u­ral fi­bres de­liver a soft ap­pli­ca­tion of colour, and are great for dif­fus­ing hard edges of makeup.

Best uses: Ap­ply­ing pow­der-based makeup such as eyeshadow, fin­ish­ing/set­ting pow­der and pow­der-based blushes and bronz­ers.

SYN­THETIC BRUSHES

Made of: Typ­i­cally ny­lon, tak­lon or polyester fi­bres. Ben­e­fits: They al­low for more in­tense prod­uct ap­pli­ca­tion, and more in­tense colour. Be­cause of their pre­ci­sion, they make great an­gled, sharply cut brushes.

Best uses: For ap­ply­ing cream foun­da­tions, cream blush or gel eye­lin­ers; the firmer fi­bres blend prod­uct quicker and more ef­fort­lessly. The syn­thetic hairs are not as por­ous as nat­u­ral hairs, so they don’t soak up too much makeup.

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BRUSH, $25.

YSL BLUSH BRUSH, $83.

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