I used to be clueless when it came to makeup application. I would wake up every morning, wash my face and then get ready to apply my “mask” for the day. I certainly had the basics for makeup application but I often wondered, am I using the right makeup brushes to achieve the best look for myself?
Every time I went to a makeup counter, I used to get so intimidated by all of the options of makeup brushes that exist!
Do I really need a different brush for each piece of makeup? Doesn’t it make sense to just use one brush and voila, done? The fact is just no; no it does not make sense. There is a method to the makeup brush madness. I’m going to keep things simple though ladies. No need for a plethora of make up brushes to take over your make up bag. Here are my top 5 must have makeup brushes. Let’s start from the base and work our way through.
1. Concealer Brush
If you’re applying concealer before your powder, you need a concealer brush. It helps to keep all the oil and dirt from your hands off your face. And also, make sure you have the right color concealer; you don’t want to look like you’re wearing an actual “mask.” Dab your concealer brush into your concealer and using downward motions apply gently to the face until well blended. My favorite concealer brush is the Bare Escentuals Maximum Coverage brush.
2. Powder Brush
Powder helps you from looking oily or shiny and is applied after foundation. The powder brush is used to apply pressed or loose powder onto the face. Apply the powder to brush and then in a light sweeping motion apply to the face. My all-time favorite is the Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo brush.
3. Angled Blush Brush
Pick your favorite color blush for your cheeks; I personally love NARS Super Orgasm because it has some dusts of glitter in it. Apply the color to your brush and tap in a perpendicular motion from your temple down to the apple of your cheek. You can apply the color directly onto your cheekbone or slightly below it. I use the Bare Escentuals Angled Blush Brush.
4. Bronzer Brush
This is one very important brush to know how to use. If you are not putting on any powder or blush do yourself a favor and put on some bronzer.
You can apply bronzer with a large brush under the chin and down the neck to give yourself a little glow.
For the face you will want to use a fanned brush (think angled blush brush). Apply bronzer along the hairline of your forehead in small sweeping back and forth motions and then work your way down through the temple on each side, underneath the cheekbone and finishing at the jawbone.
5. Eye Shadow Brush
This brush is great for going all over the lid and adding some color. I personally love the Shiseido Eye Shadow Brush. I tend to keep it pretty natural so I would opt for a neutral color and add to the lid staring from the inside and working your way out. Keep in mind that the darkest point of your eyelid should be at the crease.