Have you ever found yourself lost in the beauty department store with the idea of buying a brush or two for your make-up kit but not knowing what to buy? CP Magazine will this month guide you through the forest of brushes with a free BRUSH MASTERCLASS!
The right make-up brush can make a big difference to your make-up application. Having a good understanding of the use of each brush is essential, but honestly, you don’t need to own every single brush in every single size. Having a powder, blush, contouring and a blending brush for the eyes should be enough; using your fingers can be the best tool for your foundation, concealer and lips.
There are two kinds of bristles, synthetic and natural. The synthetic brushes are man-made from nylon or other synthetic materials and, in my opinion, are the best to use with creamy products and liquid foundations.
The natural brushes are often made of different animal hair and work best with powdered products. These are better for blending. When the bristles are shorter the application gives a much fuller coverage. When the bristles are longer the application is much softer.
One piece of good advice is to clean your brushes regularly. Dirty brushes can build up bacteria and cause acne and other skin problems. I would normally wash them with a bar of soap and rub the brushes with the soap two to three times. Keep brushing until the foam comes out clear then rinse them with a lot of water and dry them flat (horizontally) on a towel over night. That way you keep your make-up flawless and your brushes will last much longer.
For simplicity, I will break it down for you:
This set of 12 brushes is from SIGMA. It is one of the best brush sets I own. They are high quality brushes and come with a leather holder cup. The price is not exaggerated either and you can easily order it from Amazon.com or other net shops.
- Eyeliner: With this thin brush you can create smooth and even lines with gel or liquid liners.
- Small Angle: Create precise lining across the upper and lower lash lines; it’s even a wonderful brush to create soft eyebrows. Use with liquid, gel or powder products.
- Pencil brush: Soften and smoke out lines. Soften pencil lines along the top and bottom lash lines, add shadow to line the eyes, or use to highlight inner corner of eyes.
- Concealer: Conceal small areas. Conceal the hardest to reach areas such as around the nose and eyes.
- Eye shading: Even application of colour. Place colour across the whole lid for an even and strong application of product.
- Eye Angled Shading: For a softer application. Use for brow highlighting or to blend the crease.
- Eye Large Shader: Uniformly cover the whole lid with product. Apply cream shadow base or cream shadow for quick and even coverage.
- Tapered Blending: Soft blended crease. Using just the tips to apply colour, sweep back and forth through the crease for a diffused and blended finish.
- Foundation: Smooth foundation application. Apply liquid or cream products such as foundation and primer.
- Large Angled Contour: Cheek application. Use the angle to softly contour the cheekbone. Can also be used to apply blush.
- Duo Fibre: Creates an airbrush effect onto the skin. Can be used with powder, liquid or cream products.
- Large Powder: Even powder application. Uniform blending of powder products onto the face and body.
REAL TECHNIQUES is another favourite brand. LAURA MERCIER, TOM FORD and MAC COSMETICS are amazing too.
This set of four REAL TECHNIQUES brushes is a good option to obtain immaculate skin and the perfect eye flick.
- A silicon liner for precise application of gel or liquid liner. Sharp like a pencil.
- This is one of my favourite multipurpose brushes. I use it for foundation, powder and sometimes even for contouring, or any other creamy product.
- This is a foundation/concealer brush with the best synthetic bristles.
- A multi-purpose brush ideal for powder, blush and bronzers.