Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Guide to All Things Makeup Brushes

Hi Everyone,

So, today's post is all about brushes and we’re going to cover; types of brushes and their uses, tips for buying them, and how to clean them.

I’m not going to tell you which brand you should buy or what you need, I’m only going to share information about the above topics, and leave the choice to you.



What are they made from?

The top three you’ll find in most stores are Synthetic, Natural Hair, or a Mix of the two
  • Synthetic Brushes, are often made with nylon or takelon and are best used for liquid, cream, and wet makeup products.
  • Natural Hair Brushes, are often made from pony, goat, squirrel, and sometimes sable hairs, and are best used for dryer makeup products
  • And they also have mixed Brushes, which are made up of Natural and Synthetic Blend

Types of Brushes and their Uses

Since there are so many styles out there, I’m just going to cover the basic ones, otherwise, this post will be way to long

Face Brushes
  • Concealer Brush:  You’re going to want to have one, with a density that is tight, it will make spreading the product better, and have better coverage
  • Foundation Brush:  Now there are tons of different brushes for foundation, Tapered, Pointed, Flat, Dome, Angled, and Sponges, and much more. But whichever one you pick always look for one that’s high density with the bristle tight, is will help the product apply smoothly
  • Large Face Powder Brush: Loose density, used to dust products over the face and body, like finishing powders/ translucent, and shimmers.
  • Face Powder Brush: Medium density, for applying loose or pressed powders
  • Kabuki: Medium To tight density, best used for blending in face powders for a polished finished look
  • Face Blending Brush: Medium to light density works best, used after you applied all your face products, to blend everything nicely together to give the face a polished, airbrushed look
  • Stippling Brush:  Medium to tight density, used for light powders, liquid, or cream products, it gives the face a nice airbrushed look
  • Blush Brush:  whichever type you pick, if it’s Rounded, Angled, or Flat, Medium density is best when picking them out.
  • Bronzer Brush: thicker and fuller than a blush brush and density is key
  • Flat Top Brushes: Used for contouring your face, Medium to tight density works best


Eye Brushes
  • Brow/ Lash Comb: used for both eyelashes and brows, it helps to tame brows and move them into place, also used to comb out clumps of mascara from your lashes
  • Angled Brow Brush: Tight density, used for filling your brows, and shaping them, also used to blend out penciled brows to soften lines
  • All-Over Lid Brush:  Loose or tight density, Loose; used to apply sheer to medium coverage, Tight; used to pack on color
  • Shading Brush: Medium to tight density, used for the crease, or lower lash-line
  • Blending Brush: Loose density, used to blend out harsh lines, and blend shadows together
  • Eyeliner Brush: varies in density, and needs, Fine-tipped liner brush; used for precise lines, Angled liner brush; used for cat eyes and powders liners
  • Smudge Brush:  used to get that Smokey eye.


Lip Brushes
  • Lip Brush:  A flat brush, with a pointed tip, to get that perfect pout

How To Clean Makeup Brushes

How often should you clean your brushes? Well, how often do you use them? I spot clean mine after I use them with a daily Brush Cleaner, and deep clean them once a week with Shampoo.

Way 1
  1. With a clean bowl, fill with warm water, and mild shampoo (baby shampoo works just fine too)
  2. with the brush facing downward into the bowl, swish around (don’t dip the metal part into the water)
  3. rinse in a bowl of clean warm water, and gently squeeze out water
  4. lay brushes flat on a clean towel with bristles hanging off, and let dry

Way 2
  1. Place a small amount of shampoo onto your wet brush cleaning board
  2. Wet your brush with warm water, and rub against board
  3. Rinse and gently squeeze out water
  4. lay brushes flat on a clean towel with bristles hanging off, and let dry

Tips for Buying Brushes
  • Slightly manhandle the brush, to make sure the bristles are firmly put together in the handle, poorly made brushes will shed out of the base more often, because they just glue them into place and that’s it, quality brushes have less shedding due to how they fold the bristles and glue and pinch them into place. But like all things, nothing is made perfect and sometimes you will get some shedding, but not as much as a cheaply made brush
  • Feel the texture of the brush; brush it over the back of your hands, is it rough, itchy? Remember if it’s rough on your hand then it’s going to be even more so on your face and nobody wants that. 
  • Hold the brush and play pretend as if your putting on makeup, (yes right in the middle of the store, have some fun when you shop I know I always do) see how it feels in your hand, is the handle to long for you or is it too short, you won’t apply good makeup if you can’t control the brushes

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