One key element in creating a perfect makeup look is the Makeup Brush. You don’t need to have every brush that is on the market, just a handful of must-haves.
By using brushes when applying your makeup, you achieve a more even, blended and professional finish.
The Foundation brush is designed to create a flawless and even complexion. The synthetic bristles work with your foundation to smooth and blend your skin, creating a seamless complexion with no streaking. By applying foundation with a brush you will also use less product.
Your Powder brush does not have to be a big “fluffy” brush. Most powdering is done on the T zone only, so you need a shaped, smaller size brush that can get to those particular areas.
The Blush brush should be a soft and light brush that is not too big as you want to apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks and along your cheekbones, not your entire face! This Kabuki brush guarantees an even and blended colour on the cheek area.
Your Eyeshadow brush should be a soft brush, allowing you to blend in your eyeshadows easily and with little pressure. For a full flush of colour on your eyelids use (7) or for finer details (9), these brushes create the perfect shape and finish.
The Angle brush should have stiffer bristles and a narrow brush line along the angle edge. You can use the angle brush for eyeshadow along the top and bottom lash line and with gel eyeliners for creating the perfect eyeliner flick or achieve perfect brows in conjunction with a brow shadow.
The best way to keep your personal brushes in tip top condition is to handwash them. Use a little baby shampoo, sud and rinse until water runs clear. Dry them flat, keeping the brush hairs smoothed together, not split. If you don’t have time to wait while your brushes dry or simply prefer a brush cleaner, here are two that will leave your brushes feeling soft and luxurious.
Story by Narelle Hall, Narelle Hall Hair and Make Up, Contributing Beauty Writer