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Best Makeup Brushes Guide – What’s the Difference Between Vegan and Non-vegan Makeup Brushes

April 15, 2023

In this guide, we will tell you how you use a makeup brush set and how you clean makeup brushes, and then, we’ll tell you the difference between vegan and non-vegan makeup brushes. So let’s have a look.


How Do I Use A Makeup Brush Set?

If you are just beginning your brush collection or are needing to replace significant brushes, the best time to purchase makeup brush sets is when you are in either of those situations. While the majority of sets include the fundamentals (the roughly five tools you’ll need to make a whole face), some sets offer more specialized brushes for certain applications, such as eye application or powder. However, if you are only wanting to add one or two brushes to address a particular need, purchasing individual brushes might be the best option for you.

There are nine different brushes that La Banco recommends having in your personal kit in order to accommodate your day-to-day needs. When it comes to the face, she recommends that you have an angled blush brush (for face shaping), a setting powder brush (to apply all over your face), a small setting brush (for targeted oily areas), and a concealer brush (for disguising redness). All of these brushes should be used with setting powder. When it comes to the eyes, using crease and blending brushes can assist in the creation of an eyeshadow look that is unified, whereas using angled and flat liner brushes can make the process of applying eyeliner more smooth. In order to soften the sharp edges of your lines, a smudge brush is essential.


What’s the Difference between Vegan and Non-vegan Makeup Brushes?

The difference between vegan and non-vegan makeup brushes lies in the materials used to make the bristles.

Vegan makeup brushes are made with synthetic fibers, usually from nylon or polyester, that mimic the texture and shape of animal hair. These brushes are designed to be cruelty-free, as they don’t use animal products or harm animals in the manufacturing process. Vegan brushes are also hypoallergenic, easier to clean, and often more affordable than their non-vegan counterparts.

Non-vegan makeup brushes, on the other hand, use animal hair for the bristles, typically from animals such as blue squirrel, fox, goat, horse, or sable. The use of animal hair has long been the traditional choice for makeup brushes due to their softness, durability, and natural ability to hold and apply products. However, the process of obtaining animal hair can be cruel and unethical, making non-vegan brushes a controversial choice for some consumers.

In summary, the main difference between vegan and non-vegan makeup brushes is the source of the bristles. Vegan brushes use synthetic fibers, while non-vegan brushes use animal hair. Choosing between the two types of brushes ultimately depends on personal values and preferences.


How Do You Clean Makeup Brushes?

If you use your brushes on a regular basis, you should clean them at least once a week as a general rule of thumb to ensure that they remain sanitary and in good condition for as long as possible. We suggest using Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner to soak brushes for a few minutes for a thorough cleaning and then using Zote Laundry Bar Soap to properly clarify and clean them thereafter. Both of these steps can be found on our website. (If you don’t have either of those, you can use any regular shampoo to clean your brushes.) Simply sanitize your bristles by working the soap into a lather, rinsing them thoroughly with water, and allowing them to dry naturally thereafter.