This year for Christmas, I bought my daughter a complete set of professional brushes. She’s still at the phase of simple techniques, but in the future if she wants to learn more elaborate makeup skills, she will need the right tools. If cared for properly, these will last her a lifetime.
With so many brushes to choose from, it’s hard to know what you need to get the best results possible. I’ve attached a link to a great blog post from our jane iredale friends in Australia. It perfectly breaks down what each brush is used for and what you absolutely need in your makeup bag.
To preserve your investment, it is important to take care of your brushes. With proper care, the bristles of your brushes should remain soft and clean. Once a month, wash your brushes with shampoo and then condition (yes, condition, just like your hair). I recommend organic shampoo/conditioner or Jane’s own brush cleaner to ensure bacteria doesn’t build up and no one wants chemicals from shampoo on their face. Be sure to keep the bristles pointed in a downward position so the hairs do not tangle while you are washing and rinsing, then carefully squeeze the water out and pat dry. Never stand your brushes upright to dry as this will allow water to travel into the ferule (or metal band that holds the hairs together) and degrade the glue.
jane iredale brushes are absolutely cruelty-free, using only natural hair obtained from living animals, and are all certified cruelty-free by PETA. The synthetic brushes are made from Taklon, which is durable and easy to clean.
jane iredale brushes are hand tied, not hand cut. What is the difference? When a hand tied brush is being made they use natural hair, specifically placed, gathered and hand tied where the ferule attaches the bristles to the brush handle. When using natural hair, uncut, all natural hairs taper off to a soft natural point and while this is almost microscopic, it makes for the softest brush and the most natural looking finish. A hand cut brush means hairs are gathered together, glued into the ferule or metal band, then the ends of the hairs or bristles are cut off to form a round, square or dome shape. When a natural hair is cut, as with a hand cut brush, it leaves a blunt tip or end to each hair. If you don’t have extremely sensitive skin this may not be a problem, but many hand cut brushes are rough to the touch, can irritate sensitive skin, and leave a less-than-perfect finish.
Not everyone needs a full set of professional brushes, but I hope this helps you decide what you need and how to take care of what you decide to invest in. It can make the difference in how your mineral makeup goes on and, more importantly, how the finish looks.