Brush up on the new tools

ELLE (Australia) - - Beauty Now -

The brushes-ver­sus-fin­gers de­bate has been a long­stand­ing one among makeup artists, but us­ing brushes with skin­care was a nov­elty once re­served strictly for pro­fes­sional treat­ments. Not any­more. Three new masks come with their own ap­pli­ca­tor, di­alling up the ef­fi­ca­cious­ness and luxe fac­tor of the al­ready rit­u­al­is­tic mo­ment in your reg­i­men. “Ap­ply­ing your mask with a brush means less mess – you won’t waste prod­uct by get­ting it all over your hands,” says Syd­ney-based skin ther­a­pist Dian­dra Poli­tano. “Plus the light mas­sage pres­sure as­sists with lym­phatic drainage.”

Kat Burki’s Restora­tive Dual Acid Peel re­fines pores and hy­drates us­ing a one-two punch of gly­colic and hyaluronic acid that glides over skin with a soft bris­tle brush — an im­por­tant step to en­sure the po­tent ac­tives are evenly dis­trib­uted. Glam­glow’s new #Glit­ter­mask Grav­i­ty­mud Firm­ing Treat­ment is a skin-ton­ing prod­uct dressed in a se­quinned gown (it’s beg­ging to be ’grammed). It can be used all over, but the in­cluded brush makes zone-treat­ing

a cinch. We sug­gest brush­ing it across ar­eas that need a lit­tle lift (think jaw­line and cheeks), and top­ping the T-zone with the brand’s Su­per­mud Clear­ing Treat­ment (it’s a ge­nius oil ab­sorber).

And if your skin is de­hy­drated, smother it in Chanel’s new overnight won­der, Hy­dra Beauty Masque De Nuit Au Camélia, which comes with an ap­pli­ca­tor (af­fec­tion­ately called the camel­lia petal) that hy­gien­i­cally (and hyp­not­i­cally – ap­pli­ca­tion is oddly re­lax­ing) dis­perses the creamy for­mula, packed with camel­lia con­cen­tra­tion, zinc, cop­per and mag­ne­sium. It’s ab­sorbed, plump­ing your skin while you snooze.

And don’t for­get to keep your tool clean with an­tibac­te­rial soap. “Hand wash brushes with luke­warm wa­ter, al­ways fac­ing the bris­tles down,” says Poli­tano. “If the wa­ter is too hot and drips down the han­dle it may, over time, loosen the ad­he­sive that holds the bris­tles. Then sim­ply air-dry overnight.”

Flower By Kenzo Le Cush­ion, $64, KENZO, david­; avail­able July 1

Soap Set, $81 for three, BYREDO,

Restora­tive Dual Acid Peel, $183, KAT BURKI,

#Glit­ter­mask Grav­i­ty­mud Firm­ing Treat­ment, $101, GLAM­GLOW,

Hy­dra Beauty Masque De Nuit Au Camélia, $112, CHANEL, 1300 242 635

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