FAQ's

FAQ

WHAT MAKES YOUR BRUSHES BETTER THAN OTHERS I MIGHT BUY?
CRUELTY FREE?
USING MAKE-UP BRUSHES SAFELY
WITH WHAT CAN I CLEAN MY BRUSHES?
HOW DO I CLEAN MY MAKE-UP BRUSHES
GOLDEN RULES OF MAKE-UP BRUSH CARE
A FEW WORDS ON MAKE-UP BRUSH HYGIENE
DOES CHRISTINE USE THESE BRUSHES AT WORK?

 

FAQ

WHAT MAKES YOUR BRUSHES BETTER THAN OTHERS I MIGHT BUY?
CRUELTY FREE?
USING MAKE-UP BRUSHES SAFELY
WITH WHAT CAN I CLEAN MY BRUSHES?
HOW DO I CLEAN MY MAKE-UP BRUSHES
GOLDEN RULES OF MAKE-UP BRUSH CARE
A FEW WORDS ON MAKE-UP BRUSH HYGIENE
DOES CHRISTINE USE THESE BRUSHES AT WORK?

WHAT MAKES YOUR BRUSHES BETTER THAN OTHERS I MIGHT BUY?

There are many brushes that look like brushes but their quality varies.  Although some brushes look like make-up brushes they often don't do what a make-up brush should.  They are either too unsteady in their shape or worse have such bluntly chopped ends that can cause soreness.

IN SHORT...

  • Made by hand
    Our brushes are made by hand, the shape made created by laying the brush to shape then the base is chopped to fit the ferrule. Not the other way around.
  • No animals harmed
    No animals are harmed to make our make-up brushes, they are made from by-products of the fur and food industry.
  • Wooden handles made from renewable resources
    The handles of our brushes is made from wood obtained from renewable sources.
  • Our make-up brushes do not require a branded brush cleaner which is just a sales gimmick to get you to spend more for no reason.  We do not see the the need for a branded brush shampoo when your own shampoo will do the trick.  Chances are if your shampoo is safe for you to use, so long as you rinse your brushes thoroughly, it should be safe for you to use to clean your make-up brushes which have such contact with your skin.  It's logical, more practical and safer that way - which is why we don't try to flog you a brush cleaner.
  • Our make-up brushes will last for years if you look after them and use them properly.
  • To enable efficiency and flow in your make-up routine we have put together a minimal, effective 'real make-up brush set' to cover most every-day uses.  You don't need lots of brushes, just a few well chosen ones and some skill.

OF WHAT ARE OUR MAKE-UP BRUSHES MADE? CRUELTY FREE?

The company that makes our brushes assures us that they are an environmentally friendly company, which is one of the reasons we chose to work with them. They state, "please be assured that no animals are destroyed or maimed for the purpose of making your brushes".

It is the policy of The Make-up Brush Company to offer a synthetic option wherever possible. Recently the eye-liner and lip brushes were re-worked in Toray and Taklon rather than sable. We appreciate some of you may think that sable is best, but in our extensive experience synthetics, though not necessarily cheaper, function every bit as well.

FREE FROM

Brushes in our range that are free from animal products are the: Foundation, Concealer, Eye liner, Lip, Brow groomer/lash spoolie.

OUR BRUSHES ARE MADE FROM:

The Foundation brush and Large Concealer, eye-liner, and the chisel end of the Chisel shadow duo are made out of Taklon, a man-made fibre.

The Powder Blusher brush is made out of Goat hair which gives good spring and positive action. (Softer options such as the commonly used Squirrel, can be too soft and would only function for blusher, not posessing the spring to double as a powder brush.)

The Socket Shader, Eye-liner Softener/Smudger and the Shadow end of the Chisel Shadow duo are made out of Taklon and Japanese Pony hair.

The Lip brush is made of Taklon, a man-made fibre.

Much of the animal hair used for making make-up brushes is a by-product of the food industry. This fact means that some of our brushes will still not be acceptable to vegetarians or vegans.

We are committed to providing quality brushes that will perform at a professional level and in our experience, and the experience of high quality brush makers, while it is possible to replace animal hair with synthetic material in some instances, synthetics do not perform all functions well. In such instances we offer natural bristle versions in order to be able to fulfill our commitment to quality.

USING MAKE-UP BRUSHES SAFELY

NEVER use make-up brushes in a moving vehicle. You do so at your own risk. Whenever and wherever you use make-up brushes check that if a door were to suddenly open in a ladies/powder room or your bathroom at home that you would be able to continue using your make-up brushes safely. For this reason it is recommended that you use make-up brushes in a calm environment. This safety issue is taken seriously by professionals and becomes second nature. If you are a new user of make-up brushes, it is worth taking this important advice on board and practicing it until it is second nature.

WITH WHAT CAN I CLEAN MY BRUSHES?

Your own or an extra gentle baby shampoo with a drop of a good quality tea tree oil or lavender oil as a mild antiseptic/antifungal works well. This has the advantage of being readily available and the likelihood of a reaction (as long as you rinse the brushes thoroughly) is remote if you are already using the product. Shampoo is kinder to our planet than alcohol based cleaners and being readily available is one less product for you to carry around.

In view of the need for all of us to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce our impact on the planet, The Make-Up Brush Company has decided not to develop its own branded brush cleaner.  We see no need to ship what is mostly a water based product by air, road or rail around our planet when a satisfactory product is readily available in your bathroom.

In our experience gentle shampoo used in the manner explained above will do the trick. Professionals who need to turn their make-up brushes round more frequently sometimes use rubbing alcohol (70%), which is also generally and widely available .

Please note if you do decide to try the professional way of cleaning make-up brushes, ensure you allow the alcohol to EVAPORATE COMPLETELY before using the make-up brushes, AND WE MEAN COMPLETELY or the alcohol on the make-up brushes will sting your skin or eyes.

HOW DO I CLEAN MY MAKE-UP BRUSHES

Dip the brushes in your shampoo and gently agitate but DO NOT RUB BACK AND FORTH.  Rather squeeze out the product in the direction of ferrule to point.  Repeat until the brush gives up no further product/make-up residue.  Rinse.  Press out excess water.  Put into shape and put to dry on a towel or tissue in a clean dry place.

GOLDEN RULES OF MAKE-UP BRUSH CARE

Never use a hairdryer on make-up brushes to dry them quickly. Having put them into shape after cleaning, and blotted most of the water out, allow them to dry in a clean warm space. The airing cupboard is useful. Never dry them by a heat source that could damage the bristles and only as per instructions of any heating appliance.

A FEW WORDS ON MAKE-UP BRUSH HYGIENE

Clean your brushes regularly or as your common sense suggests; for example, if their hygiene has been compromised, e.g. dropped on a dirty floor or shared. If you are the only one using them it will not be necessary to clean them every day, but regularly, perhaps once a week would be sensible.

If you suffer from acne or cold sores, never share your make-up brushes and make sure you clean them after each use if they have come in contact with an infected area.

If you know you have a tendency to get conjunctivitis be careful not to cross infect by taking eye makeup brush from one eye to the other. It's best not to wear eye-make-up at all if you suffer an infection, and we recommend you throw away your mascara and eye-make-up if it has been used on an infected area. Your make-up brushes can be cleaned and disinfected in the manner explained above.

DOES CHRISTINE USE THESE BRUSHES AT WORK?

Yes I do. The Core Set is so called because I found I used those shapes most often. I have other favourites, and will share these as the range grows.