If you’re anything like me, where minimalism is a virtue, three make-up brushes is all you need to create a face; you only need one for your foundation, your blusher and your eyes, right?! However, make-up artists would be truly astounded to hear such assumptions, with their brush collections sitting pretty at fifteen, twenty, even thirty, brush types! For them, you can never have enough!
So what are the essential brushes for your make-up kit and more importantly, what, exactly, do they do?
The foundation brush
For anyone who applies their foundation with their bare hands, shame on you! The product easily wears off on your mitts, leaving you using more than need be the case. Foundation brushes look like blusher brushes, but are flatter, more rounded and softer to the touch. To apply foundation with a brush, use a dispenser to squirt a pea-sized amount onto the back of your hand, dip the brush in and begin to apply. Begin on the bridge of your nose and ‘work outwards’ onto the cheeks, forehead and chin.
Telltale tip: Rather than literally painting your face, use soft strokes back and forth, ensuring even coverage and a natural finish.
The blusher brush
Blusher has been around for centuries, indicating youthfulness and good health. To apply blush, simply suck in your cheeks and sweep colour just below the cheekbone to accentuate and dab the apples to plump the cheek tissue. Depending on your preferences you can use a small rounded brush with stumpy handle (perfect for plumping), a longer brush (perfect for that sweeping motion) or both!
The lip brush
Use a brush to apply your lipstick. The tiny brush and precision tip will ensure you don’t use too much of the product and preventing precious lippy from going to waste on blotting paper in the bathroom bin!
Telltale tip: Always use a lip liner before. This stops lipstick from bleeding into the surrounding area.
For those of you who like a smoky eye, this is a must-have for your make-up bag. Softening colour transitions and blending heavy eye make-up lines, this brush will never stray far from your hand.
The bronzing brush
When adding pressed shimmer or bronzer to the face, neck and shoulders, a large rounded brush (such as the one shown) will do just the job. It serves to cover a wide surface area at one time and ensures natural, even coverage.