March 14, 2013

Beginners Guide to Make Up Brushes

Beginners Guide to Make Up Brushes

Shopping for make up brushes can be quite an overwhelming experience for a beginner.  There are so many different brands and brushes to choose from, it’s a wonder why we need all of these brushes for just one face!  I used to be fine with picking up a cheap brush kit and assuming those would do the job but once you find brushes of higher quality, you’ll never go back.  I've had a rummage amongst my makeup brushes to pick out brushes I think are great to start out with and narrowed it down to 7.  All the brands I'm mentioning are great and I'd highly recommend them but this guide is more about the style of brush than the brand so you know what to look for.

Essential Eye Make Up Brushes

Models Own Eye Shading Brush -
For applying eye shadow, you want a brush which is cut in a C shape.  This means you can easily pat it on the eye lid and work around the crease to avoid any harsh lines.

Models Own Blending Brush -
Blending your eye shadow is probably the most important step, you need this brush!  Look for fluffy, soft brushes to do the blending for you to get rid of any harsh lines for a smokey effect.  Something like a MAC 217 is perfect for this purpose too.

Royal & Langnickel BX-135* -
This brush is a bit of a 2-in-1 but still a great brush to have in your collection.  This one is used for eyebrows to apply powder with the angled brush side.  Once you’ve filled in your eyebrows, run the spool side through your brows for a more natural brow.  Definitely pick up an angled brush, you can always use an old clean mascara wand to run through the brows too.

Bare Escentuals Eyeliner Brush -
Applying eyeliner on the top of your lid can be really tricky, especially if you have small eyelids like me.  You want a brush with a very thin tip so you can glide it easily over your lid.  It avoids any harsh lines and makes the process much easier.

Essential Face Make Up Brushes

Royal & Langnickel BX-10* -
Your biggest brush is generally used for powder.  This one picks up powder amazingly well and because it’s so big it means the powdering process takes no time at all.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush -
Personally, I’d step away from the traditional foundation brush.  I find they use up a lot more product and are harder to blend.  A big fat fluffy brush like this one makes foundation application much easier and should save you some pennies on your foundation!

Illamasqua Contour Brush -
This brush can be used for all sorts of things, around the cheek area especially.  As it’s angled it can get into the contours of your face so you should use it for highlighter, blusher and bronzer.

I hope you found this helpful.  Let me know what brushes you would recommend!

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