BRUSH IT OFF

MAKE-UP IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE TOOLS YOU USE TO AP­PLY IT

Life & Style Weekend - - YOU - WORDS: SALLY COATES

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.

CHEEK BRUSH

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.

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