These badger-friendly make-up brushes are ideal for people who like to wear a lot of make-up. Conventional brushes do indeed cause badgers, boars and squirrels to be killed, in order to make the bristles. Although we are not yet there with ‘biodegradable plant-based bristles’, there are now several brands that sell synthetic bristles that work as well, with biodegradable handles (usually made from bamboo or wood, with recycled aluminium ferrules).
To make them last longer, care for them by washing in mild soapy water, rinsing well and then drying upside-down, and keep them in a protective breathable bag. You can buy individual brushes if you only wear eye-shadow – or a whole set if you like to cake it on! Also see where to find ethical cosmetics brands.
- Flawless Makeup Brush Set includes 11 items. Made from bamboo, the set includes brushes for contouring, foundation, buffing, powdering, blending, diffusing, highlighting, eye-blending and a mini kabuki brush (handmade in the UK, delivered in an organic cotton bag).
- Nicmac Beauty Brush Set are made with biodegradable wooden handles and recycled aluminium handles. The 6-piece set saves money if bought together: eyeshadow & angled eyeshadow brush, tapered blending brush, concealer brush, slanted eyebrow brush and eyeliner brush.