Valerie Giraud of Antonym Cosmetics uses one of her famous brushes on Carla GS. (Source: Supplied.)
When I was given the opportunity to interview makeup brush expert and designer Valerie Giraud, founder of Antonym Cosmetics, a certified organic beauty line which is available exclusively at Sephora, it was like a much-needed Makeup Brushes 101 lesson.
What is the cheapest, most effective way to clean your makeup brushes?
“I personally use dishwashing detergent. That’s the cheapest way. I put a little bit in my hand, I swirl the brush in the detergent, I rinse the brush and everything gets out of it right away. That’s one of the advantages of synthetic brushes – they clean very easily. To dry then, I just put them flat on a paper towel.
There are a lot of brush cleaners available. When I work on set, I use them, because I have to have a clean brush for everybody. But brush cleaners aren’t good for brushes, because they contain alcohol. Alcohol dissolves the glue that holds the bristles to the brush itself. That’s how you damage your brushes.”
How long should a good makeup brush last?
"Usually, good brushes last a minimum of five years. And that’s why it’s important to buy good brushes, because you keep them a long time. The way they pick up the product is way better for you."
What sort of makeup brush is better: synthetic or animal hair? What’s the difference between them?
"The quality of the synthetic bristles is so good nowadays, that it’s not really necessary to use animal hair any more. It’s mainly the older generation of makeup artists who don’t even want to look at synthetic makeup brushes, because they believe it’s not good. I think it’s a lack of education, also. I’m not doing that because I think animal brushes are bad; I think there is no need to harm an animal for that." (Post continues after gallery.)
If you could only invest in ONE brush, what sort of brush would you choose?
"Ooh, you’re killing me here! I would say the contour brush, which is a chiselled brush. It’s my favourite brush. For the foundation, I use a kabuki brush, but for everything else, I use a contour brush. I use it for contouring, I use it for loose powder… you can use it for a lot of things."