An eyebrow brush can be used for grooming or to apply eyebrow powder, which helps to darken and even out the appearance of eyebrows. Brow brushes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials and are often part of a set of several different cosmetic brushes. Choosing an eyebrow brush depends largely on personal preference and the purpose for which it is being used. Budget may also be a determining factor, as brushes can cost anywhere between $1 and $25 US Dollars (USD).
There are a few different types of eyebrow brush, each with a different purpose. One kind of brush looks like a miniature plastic comb on one side and a small brush on the other. These brushes are usually used for grooming the eyebrows and preparing them for application of a brow gel or other makeup. Another kind of brush is small and angled and is primarily used to apply eyebrow powder. Some brow brushes may also be flat across the top or pointed and serve the same purpose as an angled brush. When buying an eyebrow brush, choose the one that makes application easier.
Another factor to consider when buying an eyebrow brush is the type of bristle. In general, brushes with natural bristles are considered better than synthetic. Although brushes with natural bristles can be more expensive, they can make makeup application easier and give a more even, natural appearance to the eyebrow. Another advantage of natural bristles is that the brushes last longer and can be more durable than synthetic varieties.
A brow brush that will be used for makeup application should be the appropriate size and thickness for the person using it. Having the right sized brush makes it easier to stay within the area of the natural eyebrow when applying eyebrow powder. If the eyebrows are thin and sparse, a smaller, thinner brush may make it easier to properly shape the brows. Those with thicker, heavier brows may need to use a larger brush to get an evenly applied look.
The texture and stiffness of an eyebrow brush may be important as well. These are largely a matter of personal preference. Some may find it easier to apply makeup to the brows with a stiffer or softer brush. In general, a softer brush will give a more natural look to the brows, while the effect from a stiffer one can be darker and more dramatic because it will pick up more of the product being used.