Makeup Brushes 101
It’s best to buy brushes separately and not invest in large brush sets and kits because if you are not going after a makeup artist career you probably won’t use half of those brushes. So set the priorities, think about the products you use daily for your makeup and the ones you use for special occasions. You will need only those brushes that work with the products you use daily. So after deciding which brushes for which products you need go to a beauty store but do not rush into buying whatever you see there.
Before buying any brushes find out what fibers are the bristles made of. Are they natural or synthetic? Ask about whether the brushes are washable and multipurpose. Try each particular brush to know whether the handle is comfortable and also think about the shape of the brush you need. They can be angled, square and round.
Natural vs. Synthetic Fiber
Natural fiber is good because natural fiber bristles last longer than synthetic ones. But synthetic fiber brushes are more affordable and they are great for applying liquid-based products. Natural fiber varies. There are bristles made of goat hair, squirrel, pony, sable and other. These are best for dry products like powder and blush as they can hold large amount of product and it won’t get into the brush.
Foundation brush can be round, square or pointed. The shapes vary to meet your needs. Consider which shape suits you most, for example, pointed brush is used to get to all the places such as areas around nose and inner corner of the eyes. Of course, if you are more into sponges then you simply don’t need a foundation brush.
Concealer brush is great at blending the product. Blending is the key to a great polished look and barely there makeup. So work the product with the brush at the area where the spot or blemish is blending the concealer with the rest of the makeup.
Powder brush is great at even distribution of the product around your face without leaving dusty spots on the nose or cheeks.
You can use kabuki brush if you find it comfortable to use instead of powder brush. This one gives your an airbrushed look.
Angled Blush Brush
Angled blush brush will not only enhance your cheeks color but also help contour your face. Multipurpose brushes are great at saving money.
Mascara wand is also a multipurpose tool. You can apply mascara with it, soften the eyebrow pencil and brush your eyebrows for more defined look, and, of course, you can brush your mascara-coated lashes to separate and define them.
Ah, a multipurpose wonder. First of all, this is a lifesaver when the product such as eyeshadow crumbles and spots under your eyes. One sweep and they’re gone. Since the fan brush is so light and easy to use try applying bronzer or blush with it. You’ll avoid making too-much-bronzer/blush beauty blunder and will yet get that touch of color. Fan brush can also help erase harsh lines of makeup blending it all into one beautiful picture. And finally use skin care products more efficiently by sweeping them on with a fan brush.
Lip brush can help you get a more precise outline and play with color intensity. Besides it’s so easy to save product using it so efficiently.
There are myriad of eyeshadow brushes so you have to choose the ones that will comply with your needs. There are several basic types of eyeshadow brushes:
Flat Stiff Eyeshadow Brush
This is designed to help you apply color on the lid. It’s stiff for holding more product and flat to let you pat it right on the lid.
Dome brush is great for blending and applying more color and it helps create perfect smokey eyes. Dome brush can be stiff and soft. Soft is picking less color and is great for blending and creating soft makeup.
Crease/Pencil brush is used to create defined lash line and smudge eyeliner or eyeshadow at the crease or lash line.
Don’t forget to clean your brushes after use. There are special shampoos and cleaning products you can find in any makeup store. You can also clean your brushes at home using our makeup brushes care and cleaning tips.
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