For those of you who make a huge deal out of applying make-up, you’ll probably know a thing or two about makeup brushes. There’s literally a brush for every type of make-up application, making them hero tools for covering, concealing, sculpting and creating so many different looks.
However, if you usually apply your make-up with your fingers and don’t feel too confident about using anything else, then you’ll be a bit of a stranger to the power of brushes. Oh and this blog post is totally just my opinion by the way – I’m not telling you that using make-up brushes is the only way forward, but I just wanted to share with you some of the best ones to opt for if it’s all a bit confusing for you.
So in today’s make-up obsessed world, it seems like there is a new brush launching weekly. I’ve put together below some of the key types of brushes and what they are used for, to make it a little easier for you. These essential tools come in different shapes, sizes and prices for a reason- so lets investigate!…
Foundation Brush – A flat type brush which works best with liquid and cream foundations. Start in the centre of your face, and blend outwards to the hairline.
Beauty Blender – An egg shaped oval sponge-type object, which can be used to blend highlighter, foundation or cream blushers. Gives an even, sheer coverage.
Kabuki Brush – This is the short and stumpy looking brush, with a large surface area and dense texture. Use to bronze the cheekbones, temples and jawline, or if you are anything like me, I use it to bronze up my neck to match my face and body.
Powder Brush – These are the more fluffy, bigger brushes. Dust the bristles across the face once dipped into face powder to set foundation and give a less concentrated colour.
Angled Blush Brush – This slanted brush is perfect for dipping into powder bronzers or blush, sucking in your cheeks, and then dusting into the shadowed cheek bone. The angled bristles create a sharper, chiseled cheek.
Concealer Brush – A rounded edge brush designed to dip into concealers, and pat around the eyes. Also great for precision application for any spots, redness or imperfections.
Eye Shading Brush – Usually a rounded one – or one that is slightly fluffier to blend – is great to use for smoothing eyeshadow across the eye lids and layering up the colour pigment.
Eyebrow and Lash Brush/Comb – A combination of an eye comb and brush works great for brow grooming, and also for keeping lashes looking great. Use the comb to brush lashes in an upwards motion to removed any clumps. The brush on the other hand is great to tame unruly brow hairs and sweep into place.
Two of the most essential brushes in my opinion include the foundation brush and concealer brush, purely for their ability to control your liquid make-up application. There just seems to be a difference in the way foundation is finished when applied via a brush over using fingers. When it comes to these, look for soft bristles with a prominent rounded edge. If you think about your face, there’s a lot of nooks and crannies (such as corners of the nose and eyes) which need a good brush to get right in the edges. I’m currently loving the double ended Foundation and Concealer brushes, so that you can double up both these functions with just one brush.
The one I’m currently using (and loving!) is the So Eco Foundation and Conceal Brush Duo. This double ended brush cost £7.50 and is totally worth the money! The quality of both brushes is fantastic, super soft and skin friendly. I just love the ease of dipping the concealer end into my concealer first (I swear by the Stila Aqua Glow Serum Concealer), and then once my under eyes and spots are concealed, I tackle the rest of the the face using the new Vichy Dermablend 3D Correction. Honestly, if you need a matte foundation which has a full and long lasting coverage, then this foundation should be more than ideal. I’ve just started wearing this, and I have no idea how it does it, but it turns 3D imperfections into 2D, so that’s those pesky spots, lumps and bumps that appear on the skins surface.
This breathable foundation lets you forget expert product layering (some women combine up to 8 different formulas every day, from primers, concealers, foundations and powders for coverage). I only need to use one application of this product, which is more than enough to turn acne-prone skin into a smoother, more even, “ready to face the world” complexion. It has a fresh matte finish and lasts up to 16 hours, which is great for my hectic life schedules at present! As you can see below, the Vichy Dermablend is a much thicker, pink toned product, whilst the Stila concealer has a more dewy, sheer liquid feel…
Both my go-to concealer and foundation look and feel much more professional on my face when I use them with the So Eco brush, which I purchased over at the lovely Makeup Brushes website. They site features an extensive range of brushes and tools all in one place. And I sure do love a good dedicated brush site! This one in particular biodegradable and has 100% recyclable packaging too, which is an added bonus
Another brush I’m loving is a new one for me – the Brush Works Multi Tasking Brush – which is also a purchase from the Makeup Brushes website. It’s an all-rounded which works with cream, liquids and powders, and is the best choice for those days you can only pop one brush in your bag! This hard-working makeup tool has soft, dense fibres making it ideal for blending, blotting or shaping (I use it to dab bronzer in the hollows of my cheeks for a sharp look). For £6.99, it’s kind of a bit of a steal!
I’ve also got my hands on a handy little eye brush kit too, as I really need to start utilising my brushes when it comes to eyeshadow application and brow/lash grooming. The one in the photos is the So Eco Eye Brush Kit, which contains one of the best Eye Shading Brushes I’ve ever come across. It’s chunky rounded brush takes in lots of powder eyeshadow for simple smouldering eyes. The little case makes it so easy to carry the fold up kit around with me in my daily handbag.
Below is a bit of a selfie type photo taken after using some of my favourite brushes to create a flawless face. The foundation is Vichy Dermablend 3D Correction, and the concealer is the Stila Aqua Glow Serum as mentioned before. I really do believe that once you have found your favourite concealer and foundation, and then team them up with professional brushes, you really can’t fail at creating a flawless face…
Do you have any makeup brushes you swear by? Do feel free to share with me in the comments below!