Mineral makeup comes in a loose powder, and you apply it with a long-handled brush. While you do not need expensive brushes, better quality brushes will give you a more polished look.
There are two kinds of brushes: hand cut and hand tied. In a hand cut brush, the bristles are gathered and glued to the band. The ends of the bristles are then cut to form the end. To make a hand tied brush, the bristles are evenly spaced and tied to the metal band. This makes a natural point at the end of the brush. If you have sensitive skin, look for a hand tied brush because the blunt end of hand cut bristles could be too rough for your skin.
Natural hair mineral makeup brushes can be made from many animals such as badger, horse, or goat. Each type will give slightly different results. Responsible brush manufacturers will not harm the animal when gathering the hair for brushes.
To get the best results from your brush, take good care of it to lengthen its life and help your makeup go on smoothly. To clean your brush, place face soap in your hand and swirl a wet brush into the cleaner. Rinse until water runs clear. Use a towel to gently absorb extra water and lay the brush flat to dry. Do not stand the brush upright to dry because water can seep down into the glue and weaken it.
If you are on a budget, cheaper brushes work very well for eye shadow and blush. A good foundation brush is important to create a flawless look, so if you can only afford one good brush, opt for an expensive foundation brush.
With some practice, mineral makeup gives you a polished, natural look that is hard to achieve with traditional makeup.