Today I own so many beautiful brushes but to get here I spent a lot of money trying to find the right ones for me and it didn’t happen without many mistakes.
You don’t need thousands of them, “just” the right ones. It is not an easy process to find them and it will cost you time and money, I have so many of them because I am a brush fiend and if you are reasonable you shouldn’t be doing this at home.
A good brush will last you ages if you take care of it. It should have a solid handle and a ferrule that is firmly attached, it should not rattle or feel unbalanced, if you struggle holding it properly you will end by being upset and not using it, been there many times.
The head should have a shape that applies and blends makeup smoothly and evenly, it shouldn’t been scratchy or hurt your eyes or face in the process. The bristles should transfer makeup effectively and cause none or only very little fallout, sometimes fallout cannot be avoided but the head should give you enough control for a neat application.
Sometimes the crimps are badly done, they are discolored or somehow look rusted, avoid these brushes because it will only get worst. If the head sheds, it’s normal to a certain point, when a brush is assembled, it needs to be combed to remove the hair that did not attach, this process is more or less completed carefully depending on the company, but if after a few washes it carries on shedding, that’s not normal.
If there is a heavy smell in the bristles and you can still smell it after a few washes, that’s not normal either.
If you wash a brush, and then put it on a white towel to dry, the hair should not loose color (dye).
Be careful when choosing your brushes, if you are sensitive to dye or to natural hair, check with the company directly, some counters are not even aware of the whole manufacturing process or material and you should do some work to get that information if it’s relevant for you.
Your choice must be based on the :
material : see below for more details on some materials you can find.
size : size does matter, it’s important how it fits the face or eye area of the face in which you are using it.
quality : a well-balanced and well-finished brush will be more pleasant to use.
shape : square, angled, tapered, dome, blunt, point, slant, round, flat, etc…
hair length and density : this is important depending on the result you want to achieve.
functionality : powder or cream, sheer, medium or heavy coverage, etc…
and also your skin : some brushes are more adapted for dry and others for oily skin, but you should always use brushes that don’t irritate your skin.