1. You can use almost any cleansers to wash your synthetic makeup brushes.

Synthetic makeup brushes can be washed with most face and body soaps, even shampoo. Gently tap off excess water after washing and leave it out flat on its side to dry in an airy area. Don’t dry the brushes in a standing position, with its bristles pointing up, as excess water may pool where the bristles are attached to the brush handle and shorten the shelf life of your brush.

If you’re in a rush, try the Make Up For Ever Instant Brush Cleanser ($35 for 140ml) which cleans brush bristles without rinsing. Just spray it on a cotton pad or wash cloth and swipe the makeup brush back and forth on it, until you get the gunk out of your bristles – the formula dissolves waterproof makeup too. The best part? It dries on the spot so there’s no drying time required.

2. Synthetic makeup brushes waste less products. 

They don’t absorb as much product as sponge applicators, leading to less wastage. “While some synthetic brushes hold powder-based products poorly compared to natural hair brushes, The Universal Do It All Face’s bristle tips go through an additional treatment process so they work well for powder application too,” says Larry. (try these setting powders that will make your skin look flawless)

3. The density of the bristles matter.

Brushes that are too fluffy cause streaking when you apply liquid foundation; too dense, and you’ll have difficulty layering on products – your makeup might be diluted with subsequent layering when you’re trying to build coverage. Larry says The Universal Do It All Face brush has an optimum density for both powders and liquids to eliminate streaks. It can also be used to contour and highlight, and apply all types of foundation – including cream- and gel-based ones – blusher, loose and compact powder, and even sunscreen and primer.

4. Angled brushes apply liquid foundation better.

Angled brushes make it easier to apply liquid-based products on our face contours (try these lightweight foundations that give a super natural finish). But Larry says the ones currently available are made with natural hair or are too long in bristle length, which causes streaking too. The Universal Do It All Face brush boasts a slight angle and is broader at the width to allow the product to spread more easily. It’s also symmetrical, so both left- and right-handed people will find it easy to use on both sides of the face. Plus, 13rushes’ founder Tay Yu Hui’s commitment of checking every brush to ensure their quality and comfort extends to this collaboration.

10 TIPS: How to Choose the Right Makeup Brush for You

You use them every day, but how much do you think about your makeup brushes? Here are 10 tips on how to choose and care fore the right makeup brush for you:

1. Decide if you want natural hair, or synthetic. Some stylists believe natural hair brushes are better for certain applications. However, synthetic hair technology has improved to the point where many people cannot tell the difference. If you have ethical objections to products using animal hair, you can get awesome results using cruelty-free synthetic bristle brushes. And still feel good about yourself!

2. If you want to use natural hair, sable is best for small brushes because of their snap and resilience. The best is called “kolinsky sable,” from the tail of the male weasel. Goat hair is popular for use in large face brushes. Squirrel and badger hair is also used in good quality brushes. You may see something called “camel” which is actually horse hair, used in less expensive brushes.

3. Synthetic hairs (typically Taclon and Nylon) have improved significantly with modern technology. They are less expensive and for some applications arguably superior to natural hair brushes. Synthetic foundation, concealer and lip brushes are often better than their natural hair counterparts because they do not soak up the creamy makeup.

4. Brush construction can be either plastic or wood handles. They should be wide and long enough for you to comfortably use them as intended.

5. The ferrule (the metal cylinder that clamps the bristles to the handle) should fit tightly and should be seamless (with no weld or joint). Brass, nickel and steel rings are all suitable. Aluminum ferrules are less expensive but weaker. Ferrules should be nickel plated or coated for corrosion resistance. Give a light tug to the bristles to see that the ferrule has secured them to the handle firmly.

6. Ultimately, you have to test the brush. The best brush is the one that works for you and fits your budget.

7. Avoid brushes sold under a makeup brand. They are usually marked up at very high prices, but have no special advantage in quality. Usually you get what you pay for in makeup brushes. But sometimes you get less!

8. Don’t buy one at a time. Once you have found good quality brushes, it is much cheaper to buy by the set rather than by piece. You can save 1/3 or more buying smart.

9. Take care of your brushes. Once a month, mix warm water with a little shampoo for natural hair bristles or dish soap for synthetics. Swish the brushes around, rinse well, blot with paper towels, and lay them flat until they’re completely dry. A good brush can last years if well cared for.

10. If you don’t have time to clean your brushes regularly, just accept that your busy lifestyle doesn’t allow that, and replace your brushes regularly. Twice a year works for most people. Brushes that are not cleaned properly will get dirty, clumped with makeup and can harbor harmful microorganisms.

The 5 Best Makeup Brushes for Contouring

The secret to really great contouring that would make Kim Kardashian West want to high-five you is to first master the technique. You also need to find contour products that suit your skin tone—the secret is to choose a cool-tone shadow that is one or two shades darker than your complexion. Why a cool tone? They mimic natural shadow and look more authentic than using a warm-toned bronzer would. And finally, you need to invest in the tools necessary for applying those products like a pro. There are flat brushes, flat angled brushes, flat brushes that come to a point in the middle, rounded brushes… Well, let’s just say there are a lot of brushes, which means things get confusing fast. To help, we narrowed down what you need for every part of your face.

Scroll through for the five brushes that will cover all of your contouring needs.

The Best Types Of Makeup Brushes For Nailing That Highlight

Especially now that strobing and dewy-looking skin are all the rage, it’s time to get that #highlightonfleek. But what are the best types of makeup brushes for applying highlighter? Depending on the type of highlighter you choose, and the intensity that you desire, the right brush (or sponge!) could make all the difference.

Whether you prefer a cream, powder or liquid highlighter, and whether you want a glow that can be seen from space, or a barely-there shine, it’s almost more about how you choose to apply your illuminator than what type you pick. (Although if you want that intense, long-lasting highlight, try layering a powder over a liquid or cream.) And while there are some really great brushes out there made especially to perfect that glow, there are also some multitaskers that work just as well.

Because highlighter doesn’t have to be as precise as, say, a blush or contour, there’s free rein with how to apply it. So whether that means selecting a blush brush, eyeshadow brush, or even just using your fingers, it’s relatively simple to get your glow on. But if you’re looking for the best way to achieve a certain effect, here are five types of makeup brushes that will help you totally nail that highlight.

1. Fan Brush

Sigma F41 Fan Brush, $18, AmazonMorphe G23 Soft Fan, $15 AmazonEcoTools Deluxe Fan Brush, $30, Amazon

If you tend to be a little heavy-handed, or just want a sheerer application of a powder highlight, a fan brush is the way to go. These brushes pick up less product, making it easier to start small and build up intensity rather than depositing too much highlight at once.

2. Small Highlighting/Blush Brush

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #23, $25, SephoraSonia Kashuk Small Powder Brush, $9, TargetReal Techniques Setting Brush, $4, Amazon

If you’re not afraid of that glow though, brushes made specifically for highlighter or smaller blush brushes, will help deposit a little more shine upon first application.

3. Eyeshadow Brush

Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush, $16, AmazonMAC 234 Split Fibre Eye Blending Brush, $25, NordstromNYX Pro Crease Brush, $12, Amazon

If you want a really concentrated highlight, or want to more easily highlight smaller areas like the nose or cupid’s bow, try an eyeshadow blending brush. The smaller shape will help with those hard-to-reach places while also depositing more product.

4. Stippling Brush

E.l.f. Small Stipple Brush, $3, AmazonIt Brushes for Ulta, $26, UltaMAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush, $42, Nordstrom

Stippling brushes are great for powder, liquid, or cream highlighters. And it will give you a different application strength depending on the formula. For powders, a stippling brush will offer a sheerer application because the bristles won’t pick up as much product as some other brush types. However, when using a liquid or cream highlight, a synthetic stippling brush will give a medium to intense application due to its ability to easily blend without absorbing the product.

5. Makeup Sponge

Beautyblender Royal, $20, Amazon; E.l.f. Reusable Blender, $5, AmazonReal Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $6, Amazon

If you still prefer a really light glow regardless of whether you choose a liquid, cream, or powder highlight, a makeup sponge is the way to go. These aren’t able to pick up as much powder product, and any liquid or cream will be slightly absorbed during use. So while it will give you a flawlessly blended highlight, it may take more layers to build up a brighter luminosity.

Eyebrow Brushes for Perfect Results

These brushes are all created with a specific firmness that allow for product to adhere to it and glide on smoothly.

Dual Brow Brush

This brow brush is the ideal brush for applying eyebrow powder. The nylon bristles on the angle tip side are perfect for applying the powder cleanly and precisely. Flip the brush over and use the other end to blend down the powder to create a natural finish and a beautiful brow. A great two in one tool!

Powder Puff Brush

This brush distributes powder lightly and evenly because the bristles are made from real hair. We call it puff brush because you literally puff the powder over the area. The stencil prevents the “puff” from spreading powder into areas you don’t want colored. The tip is soft. Because each hair bristle is very thin in diameter it can pick up more powder than a brush with a synthetic bristle.

  • Angle Brow Brush

    This brush is made from natural bristles. It’s stiffness makes it perfect for applying thin lines of powder. If you are applying powder without a stencil this brush allows for precise application. If you are using a stencil and have small gaps to fill in this brush is perfect.

  • Brow Comb/Brush Combo

    This brush is a must-have for those who have thick brow hair and need daily grooming. This brush makes it easy to comb your hair through the eyebrow stencil and line it up for shaping.

  • Brow Spooly Brush

    This is the ideal brush for trimming brow hair. Simply hold the hair in place while you trim. The tappered shape will give your complete control.

  • Nylon Powder Brush – 2 Pak

    Precision powder application is a breeze with our angled powder brush. You can always use extra brushes – especially at this price!