There you are, peering into the mirror, about to put on your face. Where do you start? First stop: makeup brushes. Did you know that great quality makeup brushes make all the difference in how your makeup goes on and stays on? They feel soft, have a great shape and the bristles don’t shed. So how do you find and care for the best ones so they do the job right?
You get some advice from a makeup pro, like Natalia Zurawska, author of the e-book I’m Not Making This Up.
Natalia says that when you’re shopping for yours, look for sturdiness in the handle (breaking off in your hand when your mid-application is never pretty) and connection with bristles (neither are flyaway hairs all over your face). Also, keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need to spring for brushes made of real hair. Synthetic brushes have come such a long way and the quality is just as good as natural bristles. The choice is yours.
Warning: You have to keep your brushes in pristine condition or they won’t continue to do the job. Wash them weekly with a mild shampoo for personal use, and condition them for extra softness. Then, rinse well and wring out the water by gently following the shape of the brush. Lay flat to dry.
Pro Tip: You should wash your brushes after each use.
Now that you know how to care for your brushes, let’s get shopping. Whether you are a makeup maven or go for the natural-but-not-really look, there are a few must-have brushes you need to ensure your makeup will last.
THE 4 MAKEUP BRUSHES BRUSHES YOU NEED IN YOUR KIT
1. BROW/EYELINER BRUSH
What It Does: This brush works wonders to define eyes and is ideal for filling in brows. Just dampen the tip and use powder eye shadow in the same shade as your hair colour to make it look the most natural.
How to Use:
- Apply eyeliner as close to the eye line as possible for best results
- Wet eye liner brush and sweep through shadow and use as an eyeliner in any colour
- Use a waterproof mascara as a 2in1 for eye liner a well by sweeping the brush over the wand and apply
- Wet eye liner brush with a similar colour of your brows to fill them in
The Best Brush: Try the brow definer brush by Laura Mercier. This angled brush is perfect for drawing in little hairs to fill in brows or apply liner in whatever width and length desired.
2. EYE SHADOW BRUSH
What It Does: You need a small stiff flat brush that lets you sweep, blend and contour shadow on your lids and brow bone.
How to Use: If you only have one brush, use the lightest colour of shadow first to the inner corner of the eyes and continue applying and blending with darker shades, outwards and upwards, making sure the eye shadow is symmetrical and evenly blended.
The Best Brush: The 239 eye shader blush by M.A.C is perfect for eye shadow application. The soft yet dense bristles are great for layering on shadow, blending as well as contouring.
3. CONCEALER BRUSH
What It Does: This flat brush has a slightly domed top for covering spots and dark circles.
How to Use: Simply apply concealer to the back of your hand. The warmth helps it blend and there is no cross contamination with the brush and concealer pot. Stipple the brush in the concealer and dot around imperfections. Blend out the edges. Pro Tip: Apply concealer after foundation for perfect coverage in the same shade as your skin tone. Mix concealer with a little bit of moisturizer if it dries out or becomes too thick. Like new!
The Best Brush: The Cover FX concealer brush is top notch. This flat, flexible brush is fantastic for covering any imperfections for flawless results. It is PETA and cruelty free approved. The birch wood handle is sturdy and resistant to chipping.
What It Does: A powder brush is great for setting makeup. It may be used with mineral powder, pressed powder, loose powder, highlighting powder, bronzer and even blush.
How to Use: Apply the lightest colour first such as highlighter, then powder which matches your skin tone and bronzer/contour last. This prevents cleaning the brush in between and the colour combinations create a beautiful result.
- Highlight is used to accentuate.
- Contour is used to define or minimize.
- Bronzer should be applied to the forehead, nose and chin where the sun would naturally hit your face.
The Best Brush: Check out the powder brush by Eco Tools. This soft brush is perfect for all powder application. It is also animal cruelty free and available for a fraction of the cost of higher end brushes with the same results. Love the bamboo handle as well. Pro Tip: The makeup brush set by Rae Morris is fantastic and essential for true beauty addicts. It’s magnetic which makes keeping your brushes organized easy and the high quality synthetic fibers dry quickly. Buy as a set or individually Get creative for where you want to dry them for added fun!