Brush Up on Synthetic Makeup BrushesYou already know that being kind to animals is as easy as choosing cosmetics made by companies that don't test on animals, such as Paul Mitchell. But wait … before you dust on that bronzer, take a good look at your makeup brush. Chances are that it's made from animal fur, and if you wouldn't wear fur, you definitely don't want to use it to apply your cruelty-free cosmetics!
Cruelty That'll Make You Do More Than BlushMakeup brushes are commonly made from squirrel, mink, sable, horse (sometimes called "pony" or "camel"), or goat hair. Mink and sable brushes are products of the cruel fur industry. Every year, millions of animals are trapped, drowned, and beaten to death in the wild and strangled, electrocuted, or beaten and skinned alive on fur farms. Horse hair is commonly obtained from horses who are slaughtered for their flesh. Squirrels are hunted or trapped, and goats are shorn like sheep. Workers are often paid by volume, so they shear the goats quickly, which can result in serious injuries.
Many makeup brushes are manufactured in developing countries where there are few or no animal welfare regulations.
Super SyntheticsThere's no reason to use animal-hair brushes, especially when there are so many high-quality synthetic brushes available. Check out these companies' luxurious offerings:
What You Can DoPlease write to your favorite makeup companies that still use real animal hair in their brushes and ask them to switch to taklon fibers.
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