This is a fact that suppliers make or break the business. Sourcing private label makeup brushes from a supplier has its unique set of difficulties and challenges. However, with the right supplier, you enjoy the whole procedure.
Knowing the production timeline of your supplier helps you conduct business smoothly. You know when the production process initiates and completes. As a result, you know when your consignment will be shipped and arrive at your warehouse.
In this update, we will discuss the whole production timeline for private label makeup brushes. You will get your answer to why lead times are more than a month for private label makeup brushes at the end of this article.
What lead time is
Lead time is the time period in which the production process completes. The time starts the day when the production for the wholesale order starts and ends the day when the order is ready for shipment.
Knowing the lead time is necessary as it helps conduct business without any troubles. No retailer would want an empty stock. To ensure the stock isn’t empty, he or she has to make calculations that include the lead time factor.
The lead times for private label makeup brushes wholesale orders are generally 30-35 days. Anyway, the best practice is to ask the supplier about the production time when you request them to quote a price for your order.
What private label makeup brushes are
Obviously, you know if you are here. In case, if you don’t know, private label makeup brushes are personalized makeup brushes as per the specs provided by the retailer. The retailer sets prices and sells them as per his or her preferences.
The production timeline for private label makeup brushes
The production process starts immediately after you place an order.
Purchasing of raw materials
When we as a supplier enter into a contract with a buyer, we start the production process by purchasing the raw materials. The raw materials depend on the custom order.
The raw material used to make bristles can be either natural fibers or synthetic fibers.
The raw materials for ferrule (a makeup brush component that joins bristles with a makeup brush handle) can be aluminum, copper, brass, steel, or plastic.
The raw material for the makeup brush handle can be wooden sticks, bamboo sticks, or plastic in some cases.
There can be other purchases too for the labels, makeup brush bags, or other miscellaneous things.
We prepare cups(molds) for the bristles as specified by the buyer. A cup defines what density, dimensions, size, and length of bristles in a makeup brush will be. We then mold the bristles in those cups as per the quantity.
Handle and ferrule making
The next step is to make handles and ferrules in bulk based on the raw material we procure. This requires skillful workers plus machinery equipment.
If the makeup brush handles are to be plastic in material, plastic molds are prepared and then we produce handles.
If the makeup brush handles are to be wooden or bamboo, we produce them in bulk using machinery and skillful labor intervention. We also coat the handles with paint layers as per the specs provided.
We then produce ferrules in bulk and dye them as per buyer requirements. We employ both machinery and human hand for that.
This procedure (raw material purchase, molding bristles, handle and ferrule making) requires 15-20 days.
The time for logo printing depends on the size of the order and buyer requirements. The logo is stamped on the makeup brush handle. The methods that we can use for logo printing are
- Pad printing
- Hot foil printing
- Screen printing
- Laser marking or engraving
- UV printing
Usually, we as a supplier require 1-2 days for logo printing.
When each component of a makeup brush has been made, the ultimate step is to assemble them. The bristles are glued into the ferrule. It takes 1-2 days for the glue to dry. Then the ferrule is glued into the makeup brush handle. The assembling time in our production line is 7-10 days.
Now it’s time to pack assembled makeup brushes and make them ready for shipment. Please note that our products pass through quality checks after each phase and only those who meet the criteria made their way out to the packaging phase.
Packaging time in our production line is 1-2 days.
Lead times for private label makeup brushes
Generally, the lead times for private label makeup brushes mass production is 30-35 days. However, there can be some exceptions.
When we need more time for production
Every factory wants to achieve economies of scale. So, they want their machinery running and labor working optimally.
If we are already working on an order, there could be some delay in our lead times. But we hold two state-of-the-art production facilities. The chances are rare that we aren’t able to schedule your order in our production.
Other things that might affect our lead time are Chinese public holidays. The prominent public holidays that affect the most are the Chinese Spring Festival holidays. We close down the factories to spend time with family and friends and celebrate. The official period for Spring Festival holidays is 7 days but the workers usually take leave for 20-25 days. Spring Festival usually falls between late January and mid-February.
Some restrictions by our government can also affect our lead time. Natural disasters, outbreaks, and weather severity can also affect our lead time.
Lead time for private label makeup brushes bulk production is 30-35 days. However, there are certain exceptions. So, it is better for you to communicate well with the supplier before you place an order and ask for a lead time when you send the RFQs.