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Brushes that won't fall apart!?!

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Brushes that won't fall apart!?!

Post by SweetnArtsy on Sat Jan 24, 2015 5:53 am

I need some brushes that won't fall apart on me after only 10 hours of use. (not all at once) My rounds have developed massive stray hairs. What brand would be suitable for the main round workhorses? I tried the Artist's loft initially and then moved on the Royal (not the soft grip ones if there is a difference)

Here is what I can get around here:
La Corneille Golden Taklon
Loew-Cornell Simply Art Nylon
Loew-Cornell Short Handle Nylon
Loew-Cornell Student Brushes
Loew-Cornell Nylon Detail Brush
Grumbacher
Donna Dewberry One stroke rounds
Tulip
Snazaroo
Winton
Simply Simmons
Windsor and Newton
Bob Ross

Please Help!
Thanks!
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Re: Brushes that won't fall apart!?!

Post by DebbieB on Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:05 am

Considering your list, I would say go with the Loew-Cornell or Donna Dewberry ones. I have some of both of those brands and they are by far the best ones in my kit. About once every six months, I dip the bristles into boiling water for a couple of seconds and they are back to their original shape.

However, I would also suggest to go to the top of this page where the "Face Paint Forum shop" button is and purchase a couple of the Loew Cornell yellow handle brushes to try. These are IMO the absolute best ones for rounds.

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Post by Forest-Fairy on Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:31 pm

Debbie speaks the truth.

Also here is a blog post i did about this very topic. Included at the bottom are a list of the brushes I keep i my kit.
6 Tips To Pick The Best Brushes For Face Painting

Also a sister post for more information about brushes.
The 3 Basics of Paint Brushes

and finally
My 5 Favorite Things From My Face Painting Kit
#4 being my favorite brushes, why, and where to get them.

Hope this helps!
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Post by PaolaSunglow on Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:46 pm

When i first started this video helped me a lot:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8mdm5UOwHhE
It is not only a matter of which brush to use, also how you clean, use and keep your brush.
Hope you don't mind me saying it.
I am an addicted to brushes!!!
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Post by Forest-Fairy on Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:29 am

Agreed Paola, it's very important to also take proper care of your brushes as well.

I'm a fan of Lisa, but I had never seen that video before.... I'm actually feeling a little set down and disappointed after watching it to be honest.

In placement of my long winded post, I felt inspired to write a blog post instead.

Properly Washing Your Sponges And Brushes
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Post by Ash_A on Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:02 am

I'm finding your blog suuuuper helpful, Ilea! Thanks!!
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Post by jlirie on Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:15 am

for rinsing off brushes at home, i hold the brush bristles under lukewarm running water. i tap the brush against my palm while it's under the water, turning it over several times, to loosen the paint.

the running water is effective in washing it away, and when it runs clear, i'm good to go.  i do not use soap, to avoid residue.

i shape the bristles with my clean fingers, put them in a cup with bristles up, and let them air dry.  after they dry, you can dip in 70% alcohol to disinfect, and let them dry again.
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Post by Forest-Fairy on Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:24 pm

Thank you Ash ^.^ I'm glad it's gaining steam. Many people on the form told me i should write a book with all my super long helpful posts, so i did the next best thing. Razz

Jlirie if you dip in iso after water wash/rinse with soap, then rinse again after the iso you don't have worry much about residue. I use hand soap not dish soap as you don't need a very high sorberant content to remove the paint, and it's gentler on your brush.

Another thing i forgot to mention was I clean my brushes with makeup remover after a few gigs when i do my kit 'deep clean'. This REALLY gets all the paint out better then anything (does zip for disinfection tho). It's expensive, which is why i only do it when i do a deep clean - which is WAY more intense then my regular kit clean of course.

I should add these tid bits to the blog post. :p
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Post by SweetnArtsy on Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:19 pm

Thanks Everyone! Smile
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