Just as you pick specific brush shapes and sizes for makeup application, you should do the same when looking at synthetic or natural brushes. But what exactly is the difference and why does it matter? For starters, synthetic bristles are great for liquid products while natural bristles work best with powders.

Below, we further break down the difference between the two — trust us, this knowledge will seriously up your makeup game.

Synthetic Brushes

  • Made primarily of nylon and polyester materials
  • Performs best with cream and liquid products like foundations, concealers, and cream bronzers
  • Synthetic bristles lack a cuticle, which means it doesn’t absorb any excess product and makes it more hygienic
  • Bristles sway in the same direction when used for a seamless, less blotchy application

We recommend the Crown Brush 6 Piece Brush Set because each brush is made of 100 percent synthetic bristles and features a pro grip handle for better control.

Natural Brushes

  • Made of real animal hair
  • Performs best with powder products like eyeshadow and face powders
  • Natural bristles contain a cuticle, which means it’s able to grasp powders
  • Bristles separate in different directions when used for a flawless, all-over application

We recommend any cruelty-free, natural-hair brush brands.

xx, The FabFitFun Team

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