Monday, December 5, 2016Advising consumers

Makeup brushes: how to use them?


Using fingers to put on makeup? An absolute scandal for makeup aficionados. If applying foundation with the hands used to be common practice for ordinary mortals, it is now trendy to have the same tools as professional makeup artists (but beware: ‘identical tools’ does not necessarily mean comparable results!). Except sometimes, it is a bit complicated to know exactly how each brush should be used. We have deciphered it all for you to become the queen of troweling.

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Many people tend to think makeup brushes are intended for dry materials: wrong. They are also designed to work on textures and liquids like foundations or concealers.
Before buying a set of brushes, the idea is to focus on their hairs. There are synthetic, natural, and animal-derived (goat or squirrel, mostly) hairs. Other than personal ethical views, which might make you choose one sort over another, it should also be known that the rendering will not be the same. Natural hairs are better suited for light materials, while synthetic hairs, more rigid, give more accurate results.

 1. Complexion

Foundation: the brush is flat to best spread the material on the skin, for a homogeneous, smooth outcome.

Powder: rather dense and bushy, it moulds the shape of the face and is also designed to soften the excess of powder.

Concealers/Imperfections: to accurately conceal your imperfections on specific areas, bear in mind you should not work the concealer with your fingers, but with the brush. So, it must be thin and flat, with dense hairs for the material to be best applied.

Blush: if you do not want to turn into a double of Bozo the Clown, apply a light layer of …

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