You may not be a supporter of wearing fur but your makeup bag might not be as fur free as you’d like. Did you know that many makeup brands use real animal hair in their makeup brushes? Yup! Millions of animals are farmed or trapped in the wild each year in the name of beauty.
There is some good news though; there are lots of brands available that are leading the way in cruelty free beauty by opting to use synthetic hairs in the manufacture of their brushes… whoo hoo I hear you say?!
There are also lots of benefits of using synthetic hair over natural fibres in makeup brushes too;
- Synthetic hairs don’t have follicles so they don’t trap makeup like natural hairs. Because natural hairs do trap makeup, this also contributes to a lot more makeup product wastage. Without the follicles, Synthetic brushes are a lot better at applying cream and liquid based makeup products
- Synthetic brushes are more Hygienic and have anti-bacterial properties and Natural fibres are lot harder to clean
- Over time natural hairs become sharp but synthetic brushes retain their softness
- Synthetic brushes have a longer life span the natural fibre brushes which is also eco-friendly
I have listed below six brands that are consciously making a change by not using animal hair;
Spectrum create vibrant brushes that are vegan and cruelty free. The brand is PETA registered and Vegan Trademarked. Spectrum is favoured by the stars and makeup artists on Britain’s most popular TV programmes such as TOWIE, Geordie Shore, MIC, Hollyoaks, X Factor, This Morning, and so many more.
I use Real Techniques brushes myself in my Pro Makeup Kit and have nothing but positive feedback. I use these everyday on Bridal Makeup and everything in between. They wear well and are easy to clean and dry quickly too. Their Makeup brush range is vast and the two sisters who started the brand also have a You-Tube Channel called Pixiwoo where I have learnt a lot of makeup application techniques and have taken inspiration for Makeup looks from.
Wet ‘n’ Wild a few years ago decided to go completely Cruelty free. Their makeup brushes are made using only synthetic hairs and none of their products are tested on animals. Most of their products are also Vegan. The brand is part of PETA’s beauty without bunnies program which they are super proud of. As well as brushes, Wet ‘n’ Wild has an amazing makeup range from concealer to nail polish.
Urban Decay is one of my favourite makeup brands. I have so many of their products in my Pro makeup Kit from primer to their extremely popular Naked Palettes. Urban Decay is a cruelty free brand and is committed to ending animal testing. Each of their silky soft makeup brushes are crafted from recycled plastic bottles so their cruelty free and more hygienic than animal hair brushes and most of their makeup range is Vegan too.
Arbonne makeup brushes are made from natural reclaimed wood handles and synthetic fibres. Their whole product range is based on botanical ingredients and they never test on animals or use any animal by-product which makes them 100% Vegan. Arbonne has led the way in the Green arena since back in the 1980s and continue to grow greener every day. They are committed to 7 green accomplishments;
- Vegan certified
- Cruelty-free formulas
- Soy inks, FSC-certified renewable resources
- Recyclable product packaging
- Recycled and recyclable shipping boxes
- Carbon neutral shipments
- Water conservation
The Arbonne product line ranges from beauty, health and wellness.
Eco Tools is another brand that I have tried and tested and continue to use in my personal makeup bag. Eco Tools makeup brushes are made from Taklon bristles, sustainable bamboo handles and other natural and recycled materials. All of Eco Tools products are PETA certified meaning they are 100% cruelty free and vegan. Eco Tools packaging is also made from 100% Tree free paper – instead it is made from 20% Cotton and 80% Bamboo fibres. Eco Tools has a product range expanding across facial skincare, bath and spa products and also hair brushes.