The Best Makeup Brushes

Do you use makeup brushes to apply your makeup?

Sometimes I prefer to use my fingers because their warmth helps with blending and because it just feels right.

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Most of the time though, I much prefer to use cosmetic brushes.

One feels like an artist, poised with brush in hand, surveying the canvas of the face.

The challenge of shaping and sculpting the valleys and the hills of the facial landscape is a fun journey for me.

There are many benefits to using makeup brushes:

1. Foundation applied with a makeup brush provides the best finish for your face. I seem to use less product yet achieve a better effect.

2. Placement of colour can be precise; important when concealing ‘imperfections’ or wanting to create a shadow effect in the eyelid crease.

3. Quantity of colour can be controlled: just a touch of illuminator in the inner corners of the eyes or a dazzling line of color down the centre of the eyelids can be easily applied using the right size makeup brush.

So What Are The Best Makeup Brushes?

One could go crazy here; so many to choose from! I have some personal favourites:

Foundation Brush You will be thrilled at how smooth your liquid foundation looks when applied with this makeup brush. If you are a mineral makeup addict, then you will use a kabuki brush.

Concealer Brush I prefer a small pointy brush so I only need to conceal or blur those areas that need it.

Eyeshadow Brush At least two of these medium sized brushes: one for the light colors and one for the darker colours.

Blusher Brush Most of the time I like to press blush onto the side ledge of my cheek bone with my fingers so this brush isn’t absolutely essential. However if you are using mineral makeup, I have found the blusher brush gives a softer look.

Lip Brush Essential! Lipstick simply lasts longer when applied with a lip brush, blotted, then re-applied and blotted again. Also essential is the little travel lipstick brush. Load it up with your favourite lipstick color, pop into your bag and you are set to go.

Powder Brush This long-handled brush is large and dome shaped with densely packed bristles – but still soft! It must feel deliciously soft as you swirl it all over your face. Perfect for that final dusting of translucent powder to set your makeup.

My favourite technique is to shake a small amount of loose powder into the palm of my hand then, using a soft powder brush, I take up some of the powder, shaking off the excess, and stroke the brush across my face.

Transparent baby powder also works for this.

Angled Eye Makeup Brush Another ‘nice to have’ if you decide you really like using brushes. This is especially good for applying wet eyeshadow as eyeliner. Works well in the eye crease as well.

Small, Pointy Eyeliner Brush This is my favourite way to apply eyeliner, especially gel liner. I need to achieve a fine, fine line, close to my lashes and this type of brush does it beautifully for me.

Eyebrow/Eyelash Brush I use my eyebrow brush for those times I choose to apply eyebrow pencil and need to soften the strokes and blend them with the real hairs – not that I have many ‘real’ hairs left after so many years of plucking them out.

Spikey eyelashes are not a good look either so clean an old soft-bristle toothbrush or mascara wand in warm soapy water and use to separate the lashes and remove any mascara clumps.

Looking After Your Makeup Brushes

The absolute best practise is to wash your brushes after each use and to allow drying time before using again. (This is where two foundation brushes might work better.)

TIP: No time to dry? Get out that hair dryer and those brushes will be ready to use in no time.

When you wash them use a combination of warm water and mild shampoo. Another option is to use a mixture of warm water and olive oil. I simply swirl the brush around in my cupped hand using the chosen cleaner.

There are commercial brush cleaners, which can be expensive, your choice.

The Golden Rule is: do not use hot water or abrasive detergents.

Reshape the bristles after washing and lay flat or hang upside down to dry.

Okay, most mere mortals will not wash their brushes after every use so, at the very least, wipe off excess makeup left on your brushes.

Cleaning regularly inhibits bacteria growth and prevents bristle corrosion.

If you don’t take care of your brushes, excess build-up will cause the bristles to break down and they will lose their effectiveness.

Good cosmetic brushes are not cheap!

However, they are worth every cent you pay for them
so do treat them with respect.

Careful cleaning will increase the longevity of your brushes and give you
a good return on your investment.


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