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Many women have already made the switch to “greener” makeup. However, the brushes you use to apply your cosmetics may not be as environmentally friendly as you’d have hoped. Traditional makeup brushes are constructed of animal hair, often collected by animals through inhumane methods. When contouring your cheeks or creating a smoky eye, be sure to use cruelty-free, vegan makeup brushes. If you’re new to these modern brushes, here’s what you should know.

Vegan Brushes are Hypoallergenic

If you have sensitive skin, it’s best to use hypoallergenic cosmetics and makeup brushes to prevent rashes and breakouts. Vegan makeup brushes are gentle on the skin and do not cause irritation, no matter your skin type. Most quality vegan makeup brushes are carefully designed to be soft, yet effective at evenly distributing makeup.

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Vegan Brushes are Easy to Clean

Vegan makeup brushes are often easier to clean than traditional animal hair brushes. It takes just minutes to remove accumulated makeup, oils, and other residues that can result in skin irritation and infection. Synthetic makeup brushes should be cleaned regularly using a small amount of shampoo. Gently wash the brush bristles, rinse under cool water, and allow them to air dry.

Vegan Brushes are Flexible and Durable

Many users find vegan makeup brushes to be just as durable and flexible as their animal-derived counterparts. Vegan makeup brushes are also resistant to fading and will not lose their shape over time. The strong bristles of the brushes are also uniform and will not easily break or shed. If properly cared for, your cruelty-free, vegan makeup brushes can last for many years.

While more and more beauty companies are switching to cruelty-free products, many still use animal hair to create their makeup brushes. By switching to cruelty-free, vegan brushes, you can contribute to a “greener” society that does not take from animals.