Seven Makeup Brushes You Should Have in Your Kit

Investing in your appearance

Why you should splash out when it comes to makeup brushes

7pcs makeup brushesYou would never consider painting a masterpiece with a rusty, broken paintbrush would you? So why would you consider painting your face, the most important canvas out there, with substandard equipment?

It’s all about the tools of the trade, and good quality, well picked makeup brushes can help you achieve flawless make up application.  You don’t even have to be a makeup artist to obtain such professional results, as good quality brushes will give you the skills, without the effort.

Yes, they can be pricey, but once you invest, you’ll find they last for a considerable amount of time, when looked after properly of course. Despite this recommendation, if you’re not sure which are the best brushes to have in your makeup armour, then you’re likely to be gliding around the Internet, getting very confusing indeed.

Because we’re helpful, let’s look at the essential brushes you should have in your make up bag, and just how to use them to get the best siren look you possibly can.

What should you look for in a brush?

Well obviously name matters, and in the makeup word there’s no bigger brand name than MAC. MAC do a fantastic range of professional brushes, and the price isn’t as high as you might think, however there are many other brands out there that are just as high quality. It does come down mainly to what the brushes are made of and their size and firmness. One size does not all, so it pays to be choosy. Also making sure you pick the best brush material will help it glide along your skin without sticking or snagging.

You can buy brushes containing natural hair, real hair, fake hair (plastic), or synthetic. Natural brushes can be a little more expensive and are good for make up that is dry, such as blusher. On the other hand, synthetic brushes are fantastic for applying foundation, without clogging or sticking.

So, you’ve invested, now how do you look after your new brushes?

It’s important to keep your brushes in tip top condition by keeping them clean. This not only ensures a long life for your new prize, but also ensures bacteria isn’t transferred from the brush, due to old makeup, onto your skin. It’s a case of hygiene, and there’s nothing more important than that.

The best way to clean brushes is by investing (again) in brush cleaning spray or lotion, to really zap any bacteria that is lurking beyond the bristles. Always make sure you dry your brushes carefully before storing them again too, and never, ever use a brush that has just been cleaned, without letting it dry adequately.

The seven brushes you should have in your kit

1. Foundation brush
Probably the most important brush to have in your collection, as this allows you to plant the canvas of your foundation. This round, flat tipped brush, usually synthetic, will glide over your skin and blend liquid foundation effortlessly. Best used when applied in a circular motion, sculpting from the cheeks, up towards the hairline to avoid missing spots.revlon foundation

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2. Powder brush

Usually made of natural material, this large, round brush will help to dust powder onto the face, usually quite sparingly, and doesn’t clog the pores.  Simply sweep over the face lightly, following your natural lines. Always tap to dislodge any excess powder collected from the make up pot, before applying to the face.real Techniques

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3. Bronzer/blush brush

A medium sized, soft brush, usually made of natural hair again. This is best used to sweep blusher and bronzer onto the cheekbones, and up from the cheek, towards the ear in a smooth, gliding motion.EcoTools

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4. Eyeshadow brush

Another natural brush ideally, small and not overly mobile in its bristles. Best used to blend eyeshadow onto the lid, sweeping from inside, to outside. This helps build an intense color base.sigma eyeshadow brush

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5. Blending brush (eyeshadow)

A soft, natural brush again, this is used for creating drama in the eyeshadow stakes. Blending powder from the very crease of your eye, you can define and blend color, creating those truly striking looks, all from the simple technique of a brush. Again, use a circular motion, blending backwards and forwards slowly. This is a great tool to create that smoky look.785-Tapered-Blending

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6. Eyeliner brush, also a brow brush

Quite widely available, this is a usually made of natural or synthetic material and is probably the most useful brush of the lot, because it can be used for a number of purposes, therefore making it more cost-effective. An angled brush that is used mostly on the lash line to apply gel or liquid eyeliners, perfect for that ‘winged’ look in varying thicknesses, depending on your mood. You can also use it to shape and fill in eyebrows, for extra drama.Laura Mercier Flat Eye Liner

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7. Lip brush

A small, round tipped brush that makes defining your lips as easy as A,B,C.Maybelline brush image

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So, to wrap up …

As you can see, the tools of the trade make those professional make up styles possible for us mere mortals, and all it takes is a little practice. It’s certainly worthwhile investing in good quality, professional brushes, and looking after them with care and attention. It’s no good buying top quality make up products, such as foundation, eyeshadow etc, if you use substandard equipment to apply it – that’s basically throwing money down the drain.

Investing in quality will serve you well, and when you consider how long these brushes will last, they’ll more than earn their keep.

If you buy only seven things this year, make it these brushes, and look forward to professional make up application, with the compliments to make you smile.

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