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The Buzz About: Synthetic Makeup Brushes

By Andrea Claire · April 10, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

It's scary that I have heard that the prices of natural hair makeup brushes are on the rise because of global warming. Why? Apparently it is best to cultivate winter coats from animals as the coats have the most dense hair in the colder months and this is the best hair texture for makeup application. Global warming has shortened winters and in turn has affected the winter coats of the animals, the availability is just not as vast.

Honestly, I'm not sure of all the ins and outs of how brushes are made. Do they catch squirrels and shave them? Are they clubbing them on the head so you can apply your clubbing makeup? Of course hair for makeup brushes also comes from goat, horse, sable, pony... I'm sure not all are graciously lending the fur and hair off their backs for our personal glamifications. Check out PETA if you want to see what they have to say,

As a hair & makeup artist, I have been accustomed to the natural hair brushes. Companies over the years have developed many synthetic options and I am sorry to say, I never felt that they truly delivered for quality application and blending. Makeup would slide off of the brushes before you could get it onto the face; but now there are many quality makeup lines with brushes that are synthetic and deliver for a beautiful, flawless makeup.

Here are some of my favourite synthetic brushes that have found their place in my kit:

The Body Shop

A perfect travel size, the Mini Brush Kit $18.50 USD at The Body Shop


BECCA ,another great brand hailing from Australia has cruelty-free brushes made with high grade synthetics.

Silk Line Brushes by Royal & Langnickel, another fab line of eco-friendly brushes to consider. These brushes work just like real hair with extremely impressive results. I have this full set. LOVE.

By the end of 2012 I commit to having no natural hair brushes in my kit. Can you commit to the same? Pretty easy I'd say.



posted by Paula Robinson

I stopped using natural hair brushes a few years ago after seeing a horrific video on how they get some of the hair!

I love the body shop brushes... I am also going to try the other set you suggested.


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Hey Paula!

If you buy that Silk Line set you are going to be in makeup heaven. :)


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