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Guide to Make Up
Starting with the eyes, there are four
types of make up brushes that every girl should have at the ready. The stiff, flat eye makeup brush is used to pack
eyeshadow onto the lid. It needs to
be flat so that it will press eyeshadow directly onto your primer or foundation and it needs to be stiff so that it
picks up a high concentration of colour. The next brush you’re going to need is the stiff, dome brush. This is useful for smoky
eyes. These cosmetic brushes
are perfect for blending the outside edges of your eyelid.
It can also be used to apply colour to the crease of your
eyes. Because it’s a stiff
brush, it picks up colour very efficiently. If you’re aiming for a more natural look, you may want to go for the soft dome
instead. The soft dome brush
is great for applying highlighter under your eyebrows giving a natural, airbrushed finish. Having softer bristles it picks up less colour
and therefore gives a great natural look. Finally, a pencil brush is a fine, pointed brush that can be used to apply powder directly
around the lash line and for blending in eyeliner if you’re trying to achieve a smokier
Again, there are four basic types of
brush that make up artists generally use to achieve that professional, picture perfect
look. The stipple brush is
perfect for applying foundations. It’s a stiffer brush that gives a well blended, air brushed effect. Blush brushes are used for applying
blusher. These brushes need
to be softer to give a natural, gentle glow rather than harsh, cakey lines. Angled blush brushers are particularly useful
in creating a natural look, as the angle of the tip is specially contoured to match the angle of your
cheekbones, making it easy to achieve a natural effect.
Contour brushes are smaller than blush brushes. Again, these can be either flat ended or
contoured. The bristles are
firmer than those of the blush brush to help you achieve a stronger line. These are used under the cheekbone to
accentuate. Finally, dual
fibre brushes are great for applying highlighter to the top of the cheekbones for that red carpet
So with that, you’ll see that we have
eight basic cosmetic brushes that we recommend forms the basis of your kit. Make up brushes vary greatly in price from less than
£1 to £10 or even £20 plus for designer ranges.
When buying make up brushes, unless you’re familiar with the brand and model,
it never hurts to do a little research. The great thing about the world wide web is free, impartial reviews are just a few clicks
away. These can be a huge
help to guide you to the right brush for you and you can pick up some great tips from top make up artists on
how to get the best out of your brushes, how to care from them and how to achieve show stopping results with
your new makeup brushes. In
our opinion, quality beats quantity hands down and we would recommend spending a little more and building up
a collection of quality brushes over time rather than cheap job lots. Not only will high end brushes perform better,
but they will actually save you money in the long run because they are built to last. They won’t shed like cheaper versions (there’s
really nothing more annoying) and if cared for properly, will last for decades.
To run through some of the other
brushes on the market, brow brushes are excellent for tidy brows (the key to that red carpet look is always
perfectly groomed brows). You can
apply an eyebrow powder, pencil or even eyebrow mascara for extra definition, or just give your brows a quick come
to put them in place. A squirt of
hairspray on your brow comb and quick comb through will keep your brows perfectly in place.
Concealer brushes are excellent for
covering blemishes. The results far
exceed those that can be achieved with fingers alone or, heaven forbid, direct from the tube (this can leave a very
cakey unnatural coverage). A small,
fairly firm brush is perfect for applying concealer.
You can then use your foundation brush to gently blend. If you don’t need heavy coverage, by adding a
drop of water to the head of your brush and shaking off, you can achieve a more natural
Fan brushes are great for applying
loose powder under the eyes. You
should ideally do this prior to applying any heavy eye make up.
It’s inevitable that some of the shadow will drop down to your under eye area when
you’re applying it to the lid. By
ensuring you have the under eye area well dusted with powder you prevent the stray shadow from sticking and it can
simply be swept away once you have finished your lids.
Kabuki brushes are perfect for
applying mineral foundation. They
are large, domed and fairly stiff. Be careful to apply mineral foundation very sparingly – it can look cakey if used to
excess. We do, however, love
mineral foundation when applied correctly. It gives an airbrushed effect that’s second to none.
Finally, retractable brushes are an
absolute God send to avoid an icky, gummed up makeup bag.
We particularly recommend retractable lip and concealer brushes – there’s really
nothing worse than getting all these greasy messy smears all over your lovely products. Designers spend millions making sure your lipstick
lid clicks in just the right way and your compact snaps shut just so. We ultimately pick up the tab with each item we
buy. Let’s do them justice and keep
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