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
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.
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.
NUDE BY NATURE LIQUID FOUNDATION BRUSH, $25.
YSL BLUSH BRUSH, $83.