I hope by now, you are seeing a theme! My goal with this blog is to demystify makeup and makeup accessories so that it becomes MUCH easier and a LOT less intimidating for you to grab exactly what you need in order to get your makeup on! AND for you to feel confident doing it!
Let's talk brushes!
I am a self proclaimed brush addict! When I am not painting on faces, I am painting on canvas....I could spent my life's earnings, on brushes. #thestruggleisreal
I can and WILL often use up to 12 brushes during ONE makeup. The right tools are invaluable for getting the job done.
Here we are, surrounded by a MILLION choices once again. SO many shapes and sizes! Wood handles, plastic handles, synthetic bristles, natural hair bristles, small, large, toothbrush oval, tapered, short, long, round, flat....it goes on and on!
Trying to buy individual brushes when you are new to all of this, or do not entirely understand what you are looking at is going to get overwhelming. Purchasing a complete makeup brush set is IN MY OPINION the way to go! Once you have your set in hand, learn what each individual brush is for!
If you are a beginner, start with a simple set of the "essentials".
When to choose synthetic brushes: Synthetic bristles are made out of smooth, artificial fibers and are typically "stiffer" and smoother than natural hair (I will explain why in the natural hair comments). This makes them perfect for spreading and applying cream and liquid products such as concealer, lip products, liquid foundations, cream shadows etc.
When to choose natural hair brushes: Natural hair bristles have a "cuticle". See those raised areas on the hair shaft? That helps to trap and hold powder product and to distribute it and blend it seamlessly. Those cuticles help to PULL the product out and along the skin evenly allowing for more controlled application. Natural hair brushes should be used in most cases, to apply powder eye shadows, brow powders, face powders such as blush and setting powders/foundations and powder contour, highlight etc. ANYTHING powder will transfer and blend MUCH easier with a natural hair brush!
Choosing either plastic, wood or alternative materials for handles, really depends on you! Some people find wood has less slip and is easier to hold, some people prefer plastic!
This image is a quick guide to commonly used brushes, and what they are for!
I believe EVERY woman should go into her makeup bag, throw out EVERY single little sponge applicator that comes with the average eye shadow palette etc., invest in a full set of brushes and learn how to use them! Not only are you going to find that you can be MUCH more creative with your applications...but it just FEELS better!!
Don't be scared! You deserve it!!! XOXO