Many people have the misconception that makeup brushes are solely used by the professionals. However, modern women are finding a significant difference in their finished appearance when they use a makeup brush instead of a disposable makeup applicator or their finger. Whether you are beginning your career as a makeup artist or just want to accurately apply your makeup at home, a set of quality makeup brushes are a must-have product. There are several types of makeup brushes that should be included in a basic makeup brush kit to complete a variety of looks.
Choosing between natural and synthetic makeup brushes can be difficult for beginners. The difference is in the materials from which the brushes are manufactured. Natural makeup brushes are commonly made from one or more types of animal hair. Synthetic brushes are created from man-made materials, such as taklon and nylon, and can be identified by their smooth bristles. A natural makeup brush is recommended for applying powders to large areas due to the coarser bristles. Natural bristles are able to hold and distribute powder more evenly. A synthetic makeup brush is considered better for cream and liquid makeups. These provide a smooth coverage and are generally cheaper than natural makeup brushes.
While many of us use our fingers or a sponge to apply foundation, these methods can have their disadvantages. Using your fingers to rub foundation into the skin can lead to unnecessary oils that create a shine. Sponges can be difficult to clean and do not always leave a flawless end result. A foundation brush can precisely blend foundation as it uses a flat shape brush with long bristles. Common types of foundation brushes include the stippling brush, contour brush, and the highlighter brush.
To lighten under-eye shadows, hide a blemish, or create a naturally tone appearance, a concealer brush is recommended. Light application of concealer can help hide slight imperfections from sight when applied correctly. The use of a concealer makeup brush has the advantage of blending the concealer tone with your foundation and natural skin tone.
The final layer of makeup is important as this will pull your entire look together. The powder brush is used to dust loose powder over the entire face to set your makeup. Applying a light layer of powder also helps to eliminate excess oils and shine that can present itself during the day.
The eyes are the focal point of the face, making it increasingly important to get your makeup right. Professional makeup artists typically use three basic brushes to get the right look. This includes a medium brush to apply color to the lid (using flat stiff brush), a small brush to line the socket of the eye (using a pencil brush), and a slightly larger brush to highlight the area under the brow (using a soft dome brush). Eyeliner brushes can also be used to blend eyeshadow for a smoky look (using a stiff dome brush) or to apply liquid eyeshadow.
The blush brush is primarily used to apply color to the cheeks. This is a larger brush with softer bristles. The blush brush is intended to blend a color on the apple of the cheeks to provide a flawless result and highlight the face. The angled blush brush is commonly used for this purpose. This makeup brush is angled so that the blush is easy to blend. It’s also soft so that the brush doesn’t pick up too much color.
Using a lip brush can provide a more accurate coverage than using a basic applicator or your finger. Using a quality lip brush to apply a lipstick or gloss also helps the product last much longer. To make your lipstick last even longer, there are several tips that can be done prior to application. Dust the lips with a thin layer of foundation and powder, apply the lipstick, and then dust again.
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