In recent years I had the pleasure to take place in the makeup chair of the world’s leading make-up artists who are often associated with a renowned beauty brand, perfume or fashion house and work with celebrities and top models. Believe me: they don’t look so glam when waking up either!
During these meetings it became obvious that the quality of your makeup is certainly important, but it is equally important that you use the right product for the goal that you have in mind. In addition, the way of application of course also plays a major role. And hence the tools that you use.
I’ve been experimenting with make-up for quite some time, but in recent years I’m using less and less. And lately days go by that I do not use anything at all (thank you, Alicia Keys for making this beautiful statement).
When I do put something on my skin I’m more loyal to what works for me and use products that emphasize my features instead of distracting the attention to my make-up.
To make my skin look a bit fresher, smoother and matter, I still like to use a natural vegan foundation or powder every now and then, particularly in winter. I like to apply it with my fingers or a brush. However, many brushes are made of animal hair and mostly from quite poor quality.
*Makeup brushes are commonly made from squirrel, mink, sable, horse (sometimes called “pony” or “camel”), or goat hair. Mink and sable brushes are products of the cruel fur industry. Every year, millions of animals are killed in the most horrendous ways, often strangled, electrocuted, or beaten and skinned alive on fur farms. Horse hair is commonly obtained from horses who are slaughtered for their flesh. Squirrels are hunted or trapped, and goats are shorn like sheep. Workers are often paid by volume, so they shear the goats quickly, which can result in serious injuries.
Beside that: many makeup brushes are manufactured in developing countries where there are few or no animal welfare regulations or fair circumstances for the workers.
That is why I love these new brush line from The Body Shop even more. They are made of synthetic hair and 100% cruelty-free without losing quality. In addition, the FSC wooden brushes are produced sustainable. Plus: they feel very soft on the skin!
Via The Body Shop