Makeup 101: Makeup Brushes
You love makeup. You could watch smoky eye tutorials on YouTube for days. But what in the freakin’ world in a blending brush? A contour brush? Forget about it. But don’t, really, you need to know these things if you want to get your feet wet and your face all dolled-up. Tools like makeup brushes are what you need to enhance your beauty and make the most of the makeup you have on hand. Here’s a rundown on your makeup brushes, how they’re used and what to use them with. Let’s get our brushes out and our (Make Up) lives together.
This flat brush is much like a painter’s brush and that makes sense, because you’re painting your face with liquid foundation. Tightly packed bristles and a tapered tip makes it easy for fluid application without getting your foundation all up in your grill.
Use with: liquid foundation to help achieve an even distribution.
A small and flat brush that makes it easy to cover up a long night at the bar…or studying…with precision.
Use with: concealer. Apply concealer under the eyes or to camouflage problem areas.
Duo Fiber Brush
Duo, meaning two, because it’s made from a blend of animal and synthetic fibers. It’s great for buffing or blending color or even adding a light-touch of makeup like when you want to highlight your face without looking like a disco ball.
Use with: The flat, circular and feathery head makes it easy to use with cream, powder or liquid products. Use to blend cream blush or add a dust of shimmer to cheeks or tops of brow bones.
See that large puffy round brush in your collection? That’s the powder brush. All those bristles pick up the perfect amount of color and distribute it onto your skin so you don’t look like you’re a fan of caking it on.
Use with: Compact powder and/or bronzer. Load your brush with the powder and tap it on your hand to shake off excess before buffing it into your skin.
Fan Powder Brush
No, you don’t fan yourself with it. I mean, I guess you could but this is really meant for a light dusting of powder onto your skin.
Use with: nothing to remove excess powder from your face or with highlighters and blush for just a soft touch of color.
It’s rounded head mimics your cheeks so it’s easy to apply without making you look like a clown.
Use with: Blush. Tap it into your blush and sweep and blend along your cheekbone drawing the brush up into your hairline.
Blending Eye Shadow Brush
People usually look at your eyes first and you don’t want to startle them with a solid color smack dab on your lids. This small fluffy brush makes it easy to blend your eye contour color with your lead color so they all come together into a nice little presentation. You gotta look like a PowerB!tch to act like one.
Use with: Eye shadows and crease colors to blend shadows together.
Flat Eyeliner Brush
If you like gel eyeliner or a shadow to line with, this flat, thin brush gives helps you get your eyeliner deep into the lash line. Show that lash line who’s boss.
Use with: eyeliner or with a shadow to help fill in your eyebrows.
Spiral Eyebrow Brush
This is the brush that looks like the tip of your mascara wand. Its soft bristles make it easy to pull hair apart or brush them together.
Use with: a light tint or shadow to brush through your eyebrows or comb them into form.
DON’T BE GROSS-CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES
You’re applying and re-applying the same makeup to your face over and over again. It’s like a breeding ground for germs. Spot clean them at least once a week and deep clean them at least once a month with shampoo followed by conditioner. Just like you wash your hair. Make your makeup brushes last by caring for them—the good ones can get pricey so get cleaning!
Feeling empowered? Get it sister. Try a new look and put on a brave face for the world…all you need are a few makeup brushes. #weruntheworld