Brush up!

Don’t get l ost in the broad strokes, as the ex­perts give us some handy tu­tor­ing on make- up brushes.

CLEO (Malaysia) - - BEAUTY FOCUS -

From Shoppee to Sephora, make- up brushes are no l onger reser ved f or t he pros. With brushes com­ing i n all va­riet y of shapes, sizes , sources , and prices , i t ’ s easy to get l ost be­fore you cli ck Check- Out. Be­sides , hav­ing t he r i ght brushes can only do so much f or your make- up i f you don’t know what to do with t hem. # TeamCLEO gets a l es­son on make- up brushes f rom i nter­na­tion­ally renowned make- up ar t i sts Luis Casco and Gil­ber t Soliz . Take notes , and get ready to paint a mas­ter­piece on your f ace.

FLAW­LESS CAN­VAS

Mary Kay ’s Global Beauty Am­bas­sador Luis Casco, whose brushes have graced t he f aces of Jaime King and Karolina Kurkova, prefers brushes and hands f or seam­less make- up ap­pli­ca­tion. Tr y a dense buff­ing brush used i n small , cir­cu­lar mo­tions f or a streak- f ree base. “For con­cealer, blend with f i ngers , as make- up sets at our body tem­per­a­ture,” he ex­plained.

THE RIGHT EYE

No stranger to cre­at­ing show­stop­ping eye l ooks, Marc Ja­cobs Beauty ’s Global Make- up Ar t i st Gil­ber t Soliz prefers syn­thetic brushes to pick up prod­uct and build opacit y be­fore blend­ing with nat­u­ral bris­tles . To stream­line your kit , Luis rec­om­mends t he Mary Kay Es­sen­tial set. “The t hree eye brushes [i n t he col­lec­tion] can prett y much do ever y t hing f rom cut- creases to a beau­ti­ful wash of colour,” he said.

NAT­U­RAL VS SYN­THETIC

“Nat­u­ral bris­tles are l i ke your hair. You have to con­di­tion t hem f or t hem to l ast , ” said Luis . Nat­u­ral bris­tles work best with pow­der tex t ures but aren’t as com­pat­i­ble with l i quids or creams. Un­like man­made syn­thetic brushes , nat­u­ral bris­tles comes f rom var­i­ous an­i­mals such as goat and boar ( rest as­sured, boar bris­tles are clearly l abelled i n Malaysia).

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