Fero Professional Stipple Brush
The Stipple Brush is a large round, domed, synthetic hair brush, with a head that is 4cm wide and 4.5cm deep. It has a 15cm handle (including the ferrule) and is made from a blend of fine goat and nylon hair with a round silver brass covered ferrule. It is ideal for applying foundation or ‘polishing’ powder or bronzing powder.
Natural hair brushes are usually made from squirrel hair, pony hair, goat hair, or blends, such as squirrel hair mix and squirrel hair blends. Natural hair is used mostly in the manufacture of large make-up brushes, such as powder, blusher and contour brushes and some larger eyeshadow brushes. Natural hair has a central structure known as the medulla. The medulla is covered by a thick sheath called the cortex and is layered by cuticle, which is like a shell of scales. The scales and hollows in the cuticle structure are responsible for holding and trapping the powders they pick up and when pressed the powder is released. Natural hair is the best and most preferred make-up brush hair type for use with powders as it is able to deliver and apply make-up more effectively.
Nylon and taklon are the most common synthetics used in make-up brushes today. Unlike natural hair, nylon and taklon do not have the scales or cuticles and hence are not so absorbent and will not trap make-up media the way natural hair will. As such taklon make-up brushes, which are commonly white in colour are commonly used as a concealer brush or liquid cream foundation brush as they are more effective at laying down the product. Taklon is used as a more affordable substitute for sable but lacks durability as it tends to fan out and become stiffer with use, so is less suitable for powders. Nylon is commonly used for eyebrow brushes as it is harder than taklon.
How to clean your brushTo clean your make-up brush you should immerse only the hair of your brush in brush cleaner and agitate.
If you don’t have any brush cleaner then you can apply a mild shampoo to your
fingertips and gently shampoo the hair in the direction it lies. You would then rinse gently under running water, making sure that you keep the brush at a slight angle with the hair tips facing downwards.
Do not let any cleaner or water run inside the ferrule, as it will weaken the glue and causes shedding and wobbly handles. Make sure you keep the brush at a slight angle with the hair tips facing downwards,
then press the brush gently in a towel to dry. Leave the brush to dry flat over the edge of a level surface, i.e. desk, overnight, or hang it up with the tip facing DOWN. The hair part of the brush should not
come into contact with any surface whilst drying.