Goat Hair: This is very common in makeup brushes and usually distributes powder evenly. It is most effective to pick up powder and deposit it evenly and smoothly. It also brings lustre to your skin naturally and is perfect for buffing and blending. Can be a little coarse.
Pony Hair: is similar to goat hair. They do not come out to a point, which makes them great for cheeks, bronzer and blending. It is fine and soft.
Squirrel Hair: This is ideal for conical shaped brushes and usually is thicker in the middle of the brush, then comes to a point at the top. It is the softest, natural hair used in makeup brushes. They are usually more expensive but a great investment because of their durability. Best for heavy pigmented and blending eye shadows.
Sable Brushes: Hair is usually from mink (Russia & China). There are three types: Kolinsky (highest quality), Red Sable, and Sable. These brushes can last a lifetime as they are resilient, soft, durable and good for wet products. They have fine pointed tips and thick middles. Great for eye shadows.
If you are not into Natural Brushes and want to go faux, Synthetic Brushes are available. made from nylon or talon and less expensive. They still give you a smooth even application but has a harder time holding makeup in the brush because it lacks a cuticle. They are great for liquid foundation, concealer, cream shadows, cream eyeliners, and cream blush. The only disadvantage about going faux is that over time synthetic brushes become stiff and are less durable.
The brush you use can be the difference between the perfect smokey eye, or having a beauty disaster! So save yourself the trouble and make the choice that’s right for you and your wallet 🙂