Makeup brushes! Where to start; what to use where and maintenance. - Ruse

Makeup brushes! Where to start; what to use where and maintenance.

Ruse on March 24, 2015 at 11:36 am

Your brushes and tools are as important as the actual makeup you will be using to apply to your face. Without the correct tools, the outcome or results will not be what is desired. Great results do not necessarily require the most expensive brush purchases either. Knowing which brush to use for what application is key. The world of makeup brushes is as vast as that of the makeup and can be somewhat confusing, but it really shouldn’t be at all. If we divide them up to simplify things into face brushes and eye brushes, it might make it more manageable.

What I look for when I shop for brushes is firstly whether they are natural or synthetic. This will depend on what the application will be (type of makeup using).

Natural bristles are made from pony or goat and are ideal for powder shadows or liners. These brushes make it easy to deposit the right amount of powder and blend and soften colours well.

Synthetic bristles are good for gel liner, cream shadows, concealers and of course any powder shadows etc. The difference is that natural bristles are more absorbent and will be ruined by creamy or liquid products.

When buying brushes, test the brush first. This is the most important thing of all! Balance the brush on the very tip. Hold the brush vertically on the back of your hand with the bristles down and lightly bounce the brush. If the bristles splay or flatten, then this brush will be very difficult to use. The bristles should have a slight bend and be soft, but not too flexible that they cannot be used to deposit and blend the makeup.

I would recommend the following brushes:
Foundation Brush (Kabuki)
Bronzer Brush
Contour Brush
Blush Brush
Concealer Brush
Powder Brush
Stippling Brush (For blending)
Highlighter Brush

Tapered blending (Large and Medium)
Rounded eye smudge brush
Shadow brushes (lid)
Eyeliner brush
Brow brush
Pencil brush
Smudge brush

When it comes to brands, there are many to choose from. Good tools make it that much easier to create the looks you want. Keep the tips mentioned above in mind when buying brushes. Professional makeup brushes that I definitely recommend are Sigma and Morphe. Makeup Geek have some nice brushes too and the Pro range at Sephora is great. Real Techniques brushes are very good. MAC brushes are great and there is a range of brushes at Dischem, the Barbara Hofmann range which is really nice too.

Keeping your brushes clean and protected is also important. Cleaning at least once a week with a brush cleaner will help keep them in great shape. For a quick no fuss clean, I use rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle to kill any and all bacteria. Brushes are cleaned instantly and dry immediately.

So whether you can splurge or are on a strict budget, test the brushes and select carefully before buying brushes that are not going to work as well as they should.



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