Brush and Blush

Posted by Cyndi Wojo on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Under: Make-up


Have you ever wondered what your make-up brush was made of? Most of us don't really bother to see what kind of brush we use. Neither did I, until I read an article from Take Part, which was a PETA article, "Is there a Squirrel in our Make-Up Bag". I know as an art teacher that many of the bristles used for paint brushes are from animal hair, so that would be easily found in our make-up brushes. 

If you're like me and would rather not wear or use animal products, PETA has created a list of companies that do not use animal hair on their products. I have tried Eco Tools which was featured in the Kind Life, a website by Alicia Silverstone. The line doesn't use any animal products, is sustainable, and is fair trade. It is reasonably priced at $8.00 - $15.00 depending on the brush or set you buy. The best part is that I have noticed that the bristles are smoother and less irritating to my sensitive skin and the make-up feels more natural to my face. Give it a try and see the difference!

If you're interested, here are some companies:
  • Branded J knows that animal-hair brushes aren't just bad for animals—they're also bad for your skin. Unlike animal-hair brushes, which are loaded with dead skin cells, bacteria, and chemicals that can cause your skin to break out, Branded J's collection of custom-cut taklon brushes is animal-friendly, anti-bacterial, and awesome for applying make-up.
  • The Body Shop knows that if you wouldn't put on makeup using your cat's tail, you don't want to use any other animal part, either—its brushes don't contain animal hair.
  • Ecco Bella Botanicals has a range of non-animal brushes that complement its cruelty-free cosmetics.
  • Paris Presents' EcoTools makeup brushes are made with cruelty-free taklon bristles, sustainable bamboo handles, and other natural and recyclable materials to keep you and the Earth looking beautiful. Alicia Silverstone is a celebrity fan of these luxurious-yet-affordable brushes, which can be found in many drugstores.
  • Garden Botanika brags that its 100 percent taklon brushes are actually softer than those made from fur, allowing more makeup to cling to the brush and providing a smoother application.
  • Origins Natural Resources brushes look and feel like animal hair, but don't worry—they're cruelty-free just like the rest of Origins' personal-care products.
  • Urban Decay Good Karma brushes tickle your face using synthetic taklon.
  • Aveda brushes are also made of taklon, with a flax-infused, recycled-resin handle. They're animal- and environment-friendly!
  • Hard Candy uses super-soft synthetic hair in its brushes—cruelty-free just like its luxurious cosmetics.
  • Sevi Cosmetics' 100 percent taklon brushes are the perfect complement to its vegan makeup. No cruel animal testing and no creepy animal ingredients!
  • Valana Minerals knows that "[t]here is no need to sacrifice quality or animals in the pursuit of beauty." Its six luxurious synthetic makeup brushes are perfect for applying Valana's cruelty-free and vegan powder, foundation, blush, bronzer, and eye color.
  • Afterglow luxe professional cosmetics brushes are uniquely designed to provide a beautiful, flawless finish. Handmade of the highest quality taklon, they're super soft and ideal for applying loose mineral makeup evenly.

In : Make-up 

Tags: make-up brush  make-up tools  vegan