When I first started out with make-up, I had no clue what tools to use! Like most I applied every product with my hands, and I'll let you imagine how fabulous my makeup looked for a good couple years. I kinda wish someone was around to tell me what basic tools I needed to apply every product and get better color payoff, coverage and an overall more natural look.
Now, I do not consider myself a make-up professional or guru by any means, but I have learned a thing or two over the years that may help out those out there who just want to know what basics they need to get the best out of there makeup products.
So here's my guide to makeup brushes, everything from maintenance and storage to size and quality:
As far as the face goes, there are a number of tools and techniques that can be used to apply foundation, contour or highlight. Personally, I prefer using a beauty blender to apply my foundation and concealer. It allows the most natural and well-blended look and finish no matter the product. For mattifying my skin and applying powder, using a large fluffy blush is perfect. Some of my favorites are: Sigma F30 and Reel Techniques Large Powder.
As for contour and highlight, I love using a few different types of brushes. For contour I often use 2 to three types of brushes, a larger fluffy brush for bronzing my entire face and more concentrated or small fluffy brush for precise sculpting. A couple of my favorites are: M.A.C 129 and Morphe M 530.
When it comes to highlighting there are a number of tools you can use. I love using a fan brush for cheekbones, and a more precise brush for smaller areas like my cupid's bow or the tip of my nose. And if you like a blinding highlight, try applying your fav highlighter with a damp beauty blender or sponge.
Eyeshadow brushes are probably still the most confusing tools to use, and tbh I'm still not sure if I'm using them right. But my only advise would be to use what you think works best, and as long as you're happy with the end result then who cares if you used the right crease brush, right?
The ones you see below are my basics, I use these everyday and each has it's purpose (sorta). Starting from left to right:
1. I use that large fluffy brush to apply transition colors or to really blend out a shadow. Brush by IT cosmetics.
2. This is a precise crease brush that I like to use to apply more concentrated colors and control the area I apply it in. Brush by Morphe.
3. This flat shader brush that I usually use to smudge out my liner or lower lash line when needed. Brush by Morphe.
4 & 5. These two are just flat brushes that are great for all over the lid shadows, or glitter colors. For a more intense color payoff and application, try dampening the brush before using it. Brushes by Morphe.
6. This is a pencil brush that I use for my lower lash line to drag the shadow and create a smokey look.Brush by Sonia Kashuk.
7. This is a blender brush which is essential to any eyeshadow brush collection. Use this fluffy brush to blend out colors. Brush by Sephora.
8. This is another crease brush that is wider and softer than the previous one shown. It allows for a more blended yet still concentrated crease. Brush by Sigma.
For a finishing touch I like to use these precise concealer brushes. I use these Magic Collection brushes to correct my lipstick or brows and conceal small areas that I've missed. And the beauty blender is perfect for blending out any missed areas or toning down an intense color.
Maintenance & Storage
I will be the first to admit that I always forget to take care of my brushes! And if there's anything I've learned over the years it's that maintenance and care is key. Cleaning your brushes, whether it's once a week or once every 2 weeks will make a huge difference when applying your makeup and even in your skin. It's important to clean out product residue and oils from your tools to insure the best results! I clean my brushes by simply using a bar of soap and sometimes a dot of olive oil to keep them soft. If you don't have the time, try this daily brush cleaner that I picked up at Sephora, just a couple of sprits and you're good to go.
Storage is also important. It's best not to store your brushes in a bathroom where they are exposed to a larger amount of bacteria and humidity that can allow them to break or wear a lot quicker. I suggest that you place them on vanity or in a container, if anything just place them in a zip pouch and store them in a drawer. Allow your brushes, and even your beauty sponge, to air out and dry especially if you dampen them or use wet products very often. The build up of bacteria is more likely on damp tools and can cause your skin to break out!
Hope you found this simple guide to makeup brushes useful! Once you invest in a few essentials you really won't need any fancy tools to flawlessly apply your favorite makeup products! Don't forget to leave a comment below, telling me your favorite makeup tools and tips.