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Makeup Brush Hair Types, Part I: Goat

Welcome to part one of my series on makeup brush hair. When shopping for different styles of cosmetics brushes, most of you tend to look for the softest hairs that won't scratch your face. While I happen to do the same thing, what I didn't realize is that hairs have vastly different functions. I am hoping this series can help to facilitate your brush shopping experience as well as help to educate you on tools of the trade.

Thanks to the help from my pals at Nars, I've come to understand that the quality in makeup brushes also varies according to hair type. High-quality brushes contain mostly virgin hair with tapered ends, which stays soft on the skin. Also, natural hair gets softer with use and synthetic hair becomes more stiff.

Today I am going to begin with goat hair since it is the coarsest hair and is very common in makeup brushes.

For example, that deliciously fluffy and tightly woven Nars #19 Bronzing Brush ($50) is crafted from goat hair to distribute bronzing powder evenly.

It is believed to be the most effective hair to pick up powder and deposit it smoothly. It is also ideal for buffing and blending, since goat hair naturally brings luster to the skin. Let me know if you have any questions or if you have anything to add!

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bewisebekind bewisebekind 8 years
Hi. How do you know if a company that makes goat hair brushes (e.g. Bare Escentuals) use materials in their products that are cruelty free? I've looked on BE's website and cannot find any info about the brushes. Customer service wrote me back and said they are made in china but that is all they said.
tati33 tati33 9 years
wow! who would have known..thanks for starting this series!
allyd allyd 9 years
goat hair naturally brings luster to the skin? maybe that's why heidi was always glowing... =)
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
*_* I want. that. brush.
cleegiants cleegiants 9 years
this series sounds interesting! I've invested in a couple of more expensive brushes from MAC and Lancome, but I admit that I have no idea what they're made of. However, most of my brushes are Sonia Kashuk's from Target and they are holding just as well as my more expensive brushes. Shu Uemura is suppsoed to have great brushes, but I haven't had the chance to use any of their brushes. I hope you cover a wide range of brands! Also, are there certain types of brushes that are more "worth" the splurge?
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