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Brushing Brilliance: Mastering Makeup Brush Care with Diva Me Bella

Step into the world of flawless makeup application with Diva Me Bella's ultimate guide to synthetic vs. natural fiber brushes. As thought leaders in the beauty industry, we unravel the secrets behind choosing, using, and maintaining your makeup brushes for a truly divine experience.

1. Understanding the Difference:

In the realm of makeup brushes, the choice between synthetic and natural fibers is pivotal. Synthetic brushes, crafted from man-made materials, offer a cruelty-free option that's perfect for liquid and cream products. Natural hair brushes, sourced from animal hairs, excel in powder application, providing a soft, luxurious feel.

Why We Prefer Synthetic for Foundation:

Our preference for synthetic brushes in foundation work is rooted in their less absorbent nature. Efficiently applying and blending liquid or cream products, these brushes ensure a smooth and even application for that flawless base.

Optimal Eye Makeup with Natural Hair Brushes:

When it comes to eye makeup, the magic of natural hair brushes shines through. Their ability to pick up a generous amount of product and blend effortlessly makes them ideal for eyeshadow application, bringing out the best in your eye looks.

How to distinguish between synthetic and natural makeup brushes can be done through various visual and tactile cues:

Bristle Texture

- Synthetic Brushes: Typically have uniform bristles that feel smooth and soft. They often have a slightly shinier appearance and can feel less porous.

- Natural Brushes: Have varying textures, with individual hairs having a tapered or irregular shape. They may feel softer and more porous compared to synthetics.

Color and Shine

- Synthetic Brushes: Often have consistent colors and a shinier appearance due to the smooth, man-made fibers.

- Natural Brushes: Exhibit natural color variations, and the bristles may have a more matte finish, showcasing the characteristics of the animal hair.

Cut and Shape

- Synthetic Brushes: Tend to have a more precise and uniform cut due to the manufacturing process.

- Natural Brushes: Individual hairs may have uneven lengths, giving the brush a slightly irregular or tapered appearance.

Feel and Flexibility

- Synthetic Brushes: Feel soft, but the fibers may have a bit more stiffness compared to natural brushes. They can offer more control and precision.

- Natural Brushes: Feel softer and more flexible, adapting to the contours of the face. They may provide a more natural and airbrushed finish.

Responsiveness to Product

- Synthetic Brushes: Work well with liquid and cream products, as the fibers are less absorbent.

- Natural Brushes: Ideal for powder products as they tend to pick up and distribute pigments more effectively.


- Synthetic Brushes: Often more budget-friendly since they are man-made.

- Natural Brushes: Generally higher in price due to the cost of sourcing and crafting with animal hair.


- Synthetic Brushes: Can have a more consistent and denser bristle arrangement.

- Natural Brushes: May have a slightly more varied density, especially in brushes designed for powder application.

Source Information

- Synthetic Brushes: Manufacturers usually specify if a brush is synthetic or cruelty-free.

- Natural Brushes: Product descriptions often mention the use of natural animal hair, such as goat, squirrel, or sable.

By considering these factors, you can confidently identify whether a makeup brush is synthetic or natural. Keep in mind that some high-quality synthetic brushes are designed to closely mimic the look and feel of natural brushes, making the distinction more challenging in some cases.

2. Cleaning Techniques:

Maintaining hygiene is crucial to ensure the longevity and performance of your makeup brushes. Here are Diva Me Bella's best practices for cleaning your brushes:

Know Your Brush Anatomy:

Understanding the different parts of a makeup brush is key. The head, heel, handle, and ferrule each play a role in the brush's function. The head holds the bristles, the heel connects the head to the handle, and the ferrule secures everything in place.

Spot Cleaning for the Pros:

On the job, Diva Me Bella prioritizes impeccable hygiene. Some artists' methods includes spot cleaning with Cinema Secrets, followed by 70% alcohol, ensuring a pristine canvas for each client. Alternatively, some artists carry a sufficient supply of new and clean brushes for each individual client.

Why 70% Alcohol?

In our sanitization arsenal, we choose 70% alcohol over 90%. This lower percentage proves more effective in killing bacteria on contact. The higher water content in 70% alcohol allows for a longer surface interaction time, ensuring that your brushes aren't just clean but also thoroughly sanitized for safe use.

Post-Job Ritual:

Our commitment to sanitation doesn't end with the job. After each assignment, all our brushes undergo a thorough cleaning process. To tackle stubborn stains, we recommend starting with olive oil, followed by a bath soap. This powerful combination effectively eliminates pigments and ensures your brushes remain in optimal condition.

To clean your makeup brushes effectively using our favorite products (such as Dawn dish soap or Crazy Merman Brush Soap Calla Lily) follow these simple steps. For synthetic brushes, such as those used in foundation application, dampen the bristles under lukewarm water. Apply a small amount of soap to the palm of your hand or a brush-cleaning pad. Gently lather the soap onto the bristles, using circular motions. Rinse the brushes thoroughly under running water, ensuring all soap residues are removed. Lay the synthetic brushes flat on an absorbent towel to dry, maintaining their shape. For natural brushes, particularly those used for powder products, wet the bristles and apply soap. Lather gently, avoiding excessive force. Rinse the natural brushes carefully, allowing water to flow downward to prevent damage. Lay them flat or hang with bristles facing downward to air-dry naturally.

3. Drying Techniques: Optimal Care Post-Cleaning

Proper drying is paramount in maintaining the integrity of your brushes. Follow these Diva Me Bella-approved techniques:

Hang It Right:

Consider hanging them with the bristles facing downward. This prevents water from traveling into the brush crown, keeping your brushes in prime condition.

Patience is Key:

Allow your brushes to air-dry naturally. Avoid using heat sources like hairdryers, as excessive heat can damage the bristles and compromise the quality of your brushes.

4. Additional Tips and Water Temperature:

📍Spot clean brushes with Cinema Secrets and/or a mixture of 70% alcohol for on-the-go sanitation.

📍For tough stains, use olive oil followed by sudsing soap.

📍Allow your brushes to air-dry naturally. Avoid using heat sources like hairdryers, as excessive heat can damage the bristles.

Use lukewarm water for cleaning your brushes. Extremely hot water can damage the bristles and affect the glue that holds them together. Lukewarm water is effective in removing makeup residues without compromising the integrity of your brushes.


As thought leaders in the beauty industry, Diva Me Bella invites you to step into the world of makeup brushes with confidence and knowledge. Elevate your makeup routine, make informed choices, and embrace the brilliance of synthetic and natural fiber brushes. Your tools deserve the royal treatment, and at Diva Me Bella, we set the standard for excellence.

-Danielle Leighton

Diva Me Bella


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