From flawless, full-coverage foundation to crisp, clean cat’s eyes to pouty lips it always comes down to the brush.
When you want to get a certain look, the first thing you’ll need to know is which brush to enlist -- because after all, the brush knows best -- so we’ve created a basic guide highlighting 8 essential cosmetic brushes you can always depend on.
1. Foundation Brush
Purpose: All-over application of liquid foundation.
Perks: The Synthetic Taklon nylon bristles of the Foundation Brush allow for flawless,even, well-blended coverage.Helps you reach those narrow areas of the face like nose and inner corner of eyes.
Tips: Use broad strokes for large areas of face: cheeks, forehead, chin.Use edge of brush to reach narrow areas: nose, mouth, eyes, hairline.
2. Powder Brush
Purpose: All-over application and blending of powder and cream makeup.
Perks: Soft-tapered bristles evenly distribute makeup for light,well-blended coverage.
Tips: Use when looking to swirl, tap, or buff powder.Use the Powder Brush to dust away excess makeup when perfecting final touches.
3. Flat Brush
Purpose: Application of blush and various contour highlights.
Perks: The silky, blunt-cut large brush head of this Flat Brush allows you to apply color with utmost precision .Define your favorite features, while playing down your not-so favorite ones.
Tips: Create higher cheekbones by using the corner of the brush to apply a bronzer darker than your foundation beneath cheekbones and a powder lighter than your foundation above cheekbones.Accentuate and thin out your nose by using the corner of the brush to apply a bronzer darker than than your foundation along the sides of your nose and a lighter powder along the bridge.
4. Eyeshadow Brush
Purpose: Application of powder and cream eyeshadows.
Perks: Meticulously rounded tip ensures smooth, delicate coverage.
Tips: Apply shadow in a circular motion with the Eyeshadow Brush to create a softer, full-coverage look.
5. Eyeliner / Brow Brush
Purpose: Dual-ended brush for lining / smudging eyes and grooming brows.
Perks: Synthetic Toray nylon bristles, since they are super firm, allow for maximum precision and control.Lining end is perfect for cream and powder liner use.Smudging end is ideal for creating the smokey eye look.Brush end allows for shaping of the eyebrows with shadow.
Tips: When lining the eye and filling in the brows, use soft, dabbing motions.Hard, quick motions will cause powder liner to separate and fly everywhere.Once you’ve lined the crease of the eye with the Eyeliner / Brow Brush, as well as the lower lid, run the smudging end along the crease and down into the outer corner of the lid and along the lower lid to create the smokey eye look.
6. Angle Brush
Purpose: For defining and lining eyes.
Perks: Thin, angled bristles that come to a point allow for the creation of thin lines along the lower and upper lid, as well as defining lines within the crease.Great for use with powder, cream, and liquid shadows and liners.Essential for creating a clean, crisp cat’s eye look.
Tips: When lining the upper or lower lid with the Angle Brush, use the flat side of the brush at an angle. Applying makeup with the edge of the brush will cause the bristles to splinter resulting in a blotchy, jagged line.When creating the cat’s eye look, first create the winged edges and then move into the upper lid line by starting at the inner eye and working your way out toward the wing.
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7. Detail Brush
Purpose: For creating highlights and details along the brow, crease and small corners of the eyes
Perks: The small brush head of the Detail Brush is made of firm, yet gentle Taklon nylon bristles allows for reach into tiny areas.Allows for easy work around the eye and brow.Ideal tool for for use with powder and cream shadows and liners.
Tips: When highlighting the brow, first glide a light,shimmer shade along the brow bone, just beneath the arch of your eyebrow, then soften with a gentle circular motion.When creating depth in the crease, glide a shadow darker than your base shadow along the crease from the outer eye in just past the center of your eye and slightly soften the line.
8. Lip Brush
Purpose: Application of lipstick, stain, and gloss.
Perks: This Lip Brush is perfect for lining lips or full-lip coverage.Allows for additional control and precision when applying lip color.
Tips: For full-coverage, apply a dab of color at the center of the bottom lip and gently brush toward outer corners until entire lip is covered. Repeat for upper lip.For a pouty look, apply a shiny gloss at the center of the lower lip, blending it slightly, but not completely outward.Create a smooth lip surface by always rubbing the lip with a damp cloth before applying lip color.