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Makeup Brushes 101

Have you ever gone into the makeup aisle, like the one at Sephora’s, and gotten totally lost and confused when it came to the brushes? I definitely have! There are just so many of them! You find yourself asking questions along the lines of: “Who needs all of those brushes?” and “What does this do?” If you happen to be like me, and hopefully the many others, prepare to be confused no longer, here’s a simple break down of what each brush means and what it’s used for.

Concealer brush: Used mainly for powder concealer under the eye area, it’s a smaller brush used for precise application in small areas.

Liquid foundation brush: Its soft paddle brush bristles help spread the base evenly across the skin, giving a more natural and finished look. The shape of the brush also allows for easier access around the eyes.

Mineral foundation brush (buffer brush): Used to buff the loose powder into your skin, the more you buff the smoother the application of your foundation will appear.

Powder brush: The wide domed bristle brush allows for an even distribution of powder of the face. For best results go over your entire face using a sweeping circular motion.

Blush brush: Illuminate and enhance your cheekbones with soft colours applied by the soft wide bristles of this brush in controlled sweeping motions from the beginning of your cheek along the cheekbone up slightly past the end of your eye. Ensures a beautiful and even tone.

Eye shadow brush: Controlled amounts of colour applied on the stubby soft bristles leaves your eyelids evenly tinted due to the full, rounded shape.

Eye liner brush: Apply your liquid or gel eyeliner with precision and ease. Terrific for intense eyeliner effects, like the doe eyed look. There are several varying models out there, either a straight or angled head. The angled allows you to hold the brush without having your hand get in the way as compared to the original straight.

Lip definer: The small brush creates a precise shape for lips. Used for both lip colour and gloss.

Brow comb and brush: The brush side is used for taming your eyebrows and the little comb removes unnecessary mascara clumps that form on your eyelashes and helps align them.
Don’t be afraid of the vast multitude of brushes that line the shelves, most of them are actually the same brushes just in different sizes with small changes, such as handle lengths, to give everyone a bit of variety to choose from. One of the helpful women at my local Sephora took the time to help show the different options for each brush and why she would (or wouldn’t) buy it. If you have questions, ask someone who knows what they’re talking about. A few things to keep in mind though when you go out shopping for makeup brushes:
Synthetic fibres vs. natural fibres- the natural are ideal for applying and blending eye shadows and blushes while synthetic are used for applying liquid lipsticks, cream foundations or cream blushes. Also, if you have sensitive skin you may react to the natural fibres, which are made from shaved animal hairs, such as pony, goat and squirrel. Either choice is fine, but check to make sure that it feels smooth when it touches your skin, not coarse and scratchy.
Handles- Look at the handle of the brush, in between the head of the brush and the handle there is a metal piece, check to make sure that it is properly attached to the handle to avoid it breaking quickly after being purchased.
So fear the makeup brushes no more dear Belles! With just a few minutes of properly looking, you’ll soon be on your way to better looking makeup.


About Rachel Kadavy

A young and upcoming journalist with a passion for fashion. I write short stories, sing, act and read for hobbies. You can usually find me sitting in the back corners of local Starbucks sipping my center-of-the-sun hot Americano (with soy and a short of hazelnut!) typing away on my beloved laptop with the latest copy of Vogue or Cosmopolitan. I also enjoy waking up early to watch the sunrise and to go for early morning strolls if I can pull myself away from my comfy window seat.

3 comments on “Makeup Brushes 101

  1. Matt
    November 14, 2011

    Great article. Very informative. Thank you!

  2. Stream Cosmetics
    December 9, 2011

    Thanks Rachel Kadavy for the useful share.
    This really solved my problem, thank you!

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