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The Best Makeup Brushes for Women Over 50

For every woman over 50 who is still applying makeup with her fingers or bemoaning the curse of bad brushes that shed and streak, I’ve rounded up the top tools of the trade; the best makeup brushes for older women that are essential to a perfect look. These should be part of our beauty routine.

How to Choose Your Makeup Brushes

Spotting Quality:

Before you buy brushes, whether purchasing a collection, or just a few, make sure you aren’t purchasing tools that shed. Many good brushes may shed slightly during the first use, but a quality brush shouldn’t shed many hairs and it shouldn’t shed with continued use.

To test the brush you’re considering, run your fingers through the brush hair and then brush it on your hand as if you are applying blush. Do this several times. If you see more than 10 hairs on your hand, opt for a different brand.

Choosing the Brush Hair:

Natural bristles such as boar hair or sable usually make for the best makeup brushes for older women. This is because natural hair picks up more pigment, allowing more color to end up on your face where it’s intended. (The exception to this rule is brushes used to apply concealers and liquid foundations which are best if nylon, or synthetic because it is less likely to cake.) But if you’re allergic to animal hair or just opposed to it, there are some synthetic options that are comparable to high-quality natural hair brushes.

My Picks

Base Brush: Opt for a nylon brush such as Jane Iredale’s Foundation Brush, crafted of Taklon Nylon. The shape of the brush allows for even coverage in hard-to-reach areas; such as the sides of the nose and corners of the eyes.

Brow Brush: Don’t neglect face-framing brows; well-groomed they really can change the look of your face. Using the right brush, well-shaped brows are easily within reach.

MAC’s 208 Angled Brow Brush is one of the best brow brushes and it is affordably priced at $20 at many department stores.

Best Rated Brushes: For those who crave the best of the best, Kevyn Aucoin’s Brush Collection has a reputation as one of the best brush collections on the market. I wasn’t able to find the entire collection, but you can buy any brush you need by visiting this link, here. They are very nice and will last you longer than most brushes.

Best Bargain Brushes: For those of us who would never spend over $100 on makeup brushes, there is the BS-MALL Makeup Brushes set from Amazon that will do the trick! Just make sure before you buy bargain brushes, that you read all the reviews first! Find the right ones for you. 

Keep Them Clean!

Cleaning your makeup brushes is even more important as we get older. Buying the best makeup brushes for older women is pointless if we fail to keep them clean. Brushes need to be cleaned frequently since they harbor dirt and bacteria that can adversely affect our complexion.

To clean, simply run the brush under warm water and then apply your favorite facial cleanser. Work up a lather and rinse with warm water until the water coming off the brush runs clear. Frequent cleaning will also promote some natural shedding; assuring that brushes won’t shed on you! Another option is a professional makeup brush cleaner.

I hope this helped you choose the right makeup brush for you, dear reader!

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  1. LAnn says:

    Wonderful suggestions. I buy my make up brushes from an artist shop. Artist brushes make outstanding makeup brushes. 💋💄

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