It’s no good having the fanciest make up brushes in the world if you don’t know how to use them properly. It is even possible to get a great, professional finish using relatively cheap makeup brushes if you know how to use them – there’s a great selection at The Salon Outlet for example.
The majority of women have a selection of make-up brushes lurking in their bathroom drawers, make-up bags and cosmetic cases – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they know what they are for.
Here are a few hints, tips and tricks about choosing, caring for and using makeup brushes.
How Many Brushes Do You Need?
There are so many choices of make-up brush available these days it can be difficult to figure out exactly which ones you need and will use. Professional makeup artists might have dozens of brushes at their disposal but you really don’t need that many at home. Six different brushes will suffice – foundation / concealer brush, powder brush, contour brush, crease brush, blending brush and angling brush.
Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes
Makeup brushes get incredibly dirty picking up all sorts of dirt, oil and grime from your face, depositing it into your make-up pot the next time you use them. It isn’t necessary to keep buying new – just give them a wash. Use soap and warm water but don’t leave them to soak which can cause damage to the bristles, warm up the glue and harm wooden handles. Hold your brushes under gently running water to wash them.
The Length of the Bristles
This is something which you should pay particular attention to when choosing make-up brushes. The longer bristles you choose the softer application and coverage you will achieve. Brushes with shorter bristles give heavier application with a more intense coverage.
Natural Hair Brushes are The Best Option
They may be a little more expensive than make-up brushes with synthetic bristles but they are certainly worth the extra money. Although synthetic make up brushes are better for covering imperfections and dark circles they do make blending difficult. When it comes to blending you really can’t beat brushes with natural hair, they are better for the skin too so people with sensitive skin should be double sure to choose natural hair make-up brushes.
Foundation and Concealer Brushes
You don’t need two separate brushes for your foundation and concealer – you can just use the same one. A brush does give a much smoother application than finger tips (the other popular option). After you’ve applied your concealer or foundation clean up the brush before using it to blend any streaks away for a smooth, flawless finish.
Bigger is Not Always Better with Powder Brushes
Many people fall into the trap of thinking that a big, fluffy powder brush is the way to go but this is not necessarily the case. A medium sized brush in a wedge shape is actually much more versatile allowing you to get into all the nooks and crannies of the face with circular, sweeping motions. You won’t be able to do this if your brush is too big.
Smile for Perfect Cheeks
Smile as you apply your blush for the perfect finish. The portion of the cheek which protrudes the most when you smile is called the apple and this is where you need to apply your color.
Eye Shadow Brushes
You can use one eye shadow brush to apply all colors but keep your fingers away. You may use your finger tips with cream eye shadows but that’s all, for everything else use a brush.