Sometimes, the difference between a look that is so-so and one that’s flawless lies in your makeup application. Although using your fingers can be great for certain products, others go on more easily or more precisely with a brush. Or sometimes, a brush versus a finger can simply create a different final result. Need some guidance through the different types of makeup brushes out there? We’ve got four that make a good base in your makeup case.
Powder brush / Blush brush
What to use it with: Powder or mineral powder foundation (pressed or loose), translucent powder, powder blush or even bronzer.
Special characteristics: An end that is round and fluffy, and with bristles that are not too dense.
Why it’s essential: There is no other way to ensure a blotch-free application of anything powdered. A good brush will help powder formulas to go on evenly.
What to use it with: Eye shadow.
Special characteristics: Usually relatively long bristles, that are semi-firm, creating a bit of a rounded shape that ends in a point.
Why it’s essential: There is no better way to blend your two hues of eye shadow at the crease of your eye lid than with a crease brush. An essential for creating the smoky eye look. Just dip in a dark eye shadow and sweep back and forth at the crease of your lid and you’re done!
What to use it with: Lipstick or lip gloss.
Special characteristics: Bristles that are semi-firm, and pretty flat. Sometimes the bristles are rectangular, but some may end in a point for more precise application.
Why it’s essential: Going for a look that is edgy rather than soft and romantic? Then you’ll need lips that are lined with precision. Great for blending your lipstick with your lip liner, or for working a bit of clear gloss into the middle of your bottom lip for maximum pout power!
What to use it with: Cream, gel or powder eyeliner.
Special characteristics: Bristles that are usually short, and firm, to give maximum control over application.
Why it’s essential: Out of eyeliner? Just whip out your handy eyeliner brush, dip it in some water and sweep it over some dark eye shadow to line your eyes with. Problem solved! You can also use this brush to define your eye brows with some brow powder.
1. Powder / Blush: Benefit Bronzing Brush
2. Crease: Sephora Collection Professionnel Platinum Natural Crease Brush #10
3. Lips: M·A·C 318 Retractable Lip Brush
4. Eyeliner: Lise Watier Eyeliner Brush
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