BRUSH IT OFF
MAKE-UP IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE TOOLS YOU USE TO APPLY IT
While there may be an initial investment and you’re finding slathering on the foundation and dabbing your eyelids with your fingers is working just fine, once you step into the world of brushes you’ll never go back.
There are a few benefits that come with using high-quality brushes, first and foremost being the results.
Foundation sweeps the skin evenly and consistently, and a good brush won’t leave streak marks or lose bristles. It sounds odd, but when you’re using brushes for foundation it is just like painting your face — so technically you’re a work of art.
Eyeshadow brushes allow you to evenly spread over the eyelid, blend colours and achieve pinpoint accuracy, especially if they are the right firmness.
A slanted brush head is also amazing for creating obvious, clean lines and can even sub in for an eyeliner pencil, for example, an upper lid eyeliner or the simplest wing ever.
A fluffy powder brush is fantastic if you’re feeling a little shiny, avoiding build-up that can make you look blotchy.
Top-quality brushes may seem expensive, but they last a long time and will help your make-up go further as you won’t need to reapply it as often. Trust me, you can immediately tell the difference between a good brush and a bad one.
Brushes can be used for just about anything — contouring, lips, brows, I even use an old brush to apply face masks — but here are a few of the most versatile options to add to your kit, according to cosmetic company Mary Kay.
Use it to seamlessly enhance, sculpt and highlight cheekbones. Apply your favourite blush with the brush’s angled side, use the shorter edge for highlighters and the long, tapered edge for a contoured look.
ALL-OVER POWDER BRUSH
Use it to set and blend foundation for a flawless face. Domed bristles pick up and evenly distribute pressed and loose powder.
EYE SHADOW BRUSH
Brush away harsh edges of eye shadow and highlight brow bones using the brush’s tapered shape and flexible bristles to fit into your eyelid’s contours.
EYE CREASE BRUSH
Intensify colour in the creases and add dimension to your eye looks using an angled tip to concentrate pigment. Flexible bristles make it easy to either sweep, pat or stamp eye shadow before blending.
EYE SMUDGER BRUSH
Create a smoky, smudged look or highlight the inner corners of eyes. Use with eye shadow or eyeliner at upper and lower lashlines, or use a separate smudger brush to precisely apply lip colour.