How is a Makeup Brush Made? Do they use machines?

It always amazes me when I see our brushes being made. Why? Because there are so many things happening and much of it is all done by hand by skilled workers. It is quite incredible to think how many individual processes take place on brushes that are made. It’s a sight to see.

In the production of makeup brushes, there are a lot of miniscule jobs that are all done by hand. Very few tasks are done by machine and even if a machine is used, it’s use is minimal.

Let’s assume for the moment that we have all the materials needed to construct our makeup brush, (the hair, the handle and the ferrule – these all have their own production process) and we are looking at making a finished makeup brush. We have the following processes to complete. Firstly, we need to make the brush head. This process begins with weighing the hair to each individual brush on a small scale to ensure the volume of hair used is within a very small weight tolerance. From there, the hair is put into a type of mould and that sets its shape. Each individual brush requires its own slot in the mould. The mould is often then placed on a vibrating platform to assist in getting the perfect shape. All the above is done by hand.

After the hair shape is correct in the mould, the brush hair needs to be attached to the ferrule. Each factory has their own method to do this. Essentially the hair is removed from the mould, put into the ferrule (whilst keeping its shape) and then fixed into place often with glue. Again, this is all done by hand by a skilled worker. Following this, the brush head still often needs manual trimming to remove any stray hairs and refine the shape even further.

Once the brush heads dry, they then need to be glued onto the brush handle. This again is done by hand. The handle is then left to dry.

Finally, there is usually a logo or brush name that needs to be printed onto each brush handle. Generally, a stamp for this print is used that is run from a machine that dips it into paint and then stamps the product – about one per second. There needs to be an operator that runs the machine and picks up and places each handle into the correct part of the machine to be stamp and removed again after the stamp. The next brush and handle are then placed into the machine. This is done extremely quickly and relies on the machine worker to be quick and accurate in the work that they are completing.

After the brush is completed, it also needs to be packed and packaging itself may need to be made. These are, again, very manual oriented tasks.

As you can see, the production of a makeup brush still depends on skilled manual labour to put it together. Every brush is its own work of art and you can be sure that much effort has gone into its production.

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