Essential Makeup Brush Guide

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Buying makeup brushes can be a daunting task. This Essential Makeup Brush Guide is here to help you find some great brushes and learn how to care for them so they will last you a long time! (Did you know a well taken care of brush can last for 10-15 years?)
The application of makeup with the use of brushes has been around forever! This is for a good reason, you can actually achieve a better look with the use of brushes.
An artist has a variety of brushes to create a particular technique, the same as for makeup application. Each brush is designed with a function in mind.

Why Use Makeup Brushes?

Makeup brushes are an amazing tool to create a certain look. Any makeup artist will tell you that they can’t create the look they want without them. They are essential.
Our hands and fingers can not be used the same for makeup application, they drag the skin and can’t fit into the nooks and corners of the eyes.

Choosing Your Brushes

The Brushes: A List

Below you will find makeup brushes sorted into their different uses.

Foundation Brush

Using a foundation brush helps improve coverage and a flawless look.

The bristles are tightly packed with a tapered end that will hold your product and contour to your eyes for complete coverage.

TIP: To help create a flawless application, take your foundation brush and run it under warm water. Squeeze the excess water out and then add your foundation to the brush. This helps apply your foundation very smooth, leaving your complexion even.

w3ll-people-deluxe-foundation-concealer-brush-pW3LL People Deluxe Foundation + Concealer Brush

Made with premium Taklon Nylon to ensure featherlight, professional application.

Cruelty free.

Alima Makeup brushAlima Pure Foundation Brush.

Another great brush, with a full bristle and sturdy wooden handle. This foundation brush is best used with the application of mineral foundation.

 Concealer Brush

A concealer brush is used to help cover blemishes. It is a small contoured brush.
Apply to dark circles under your eyes, or spider veins that appear under your eyes and on your cheeks.
This brush gives you nice even coverage to more specific areas you would like to cover.
Concealer brush

Concealer brush by Antonym

Made of Eco-friendly and cruelty free materials. A bamboo handle that is built to last. Yes, you can buy brushes that are well made and that will last you a long time!

Bronzer + Powder Brush

Full and fluffy, a Bronzer brush is excellent for picking up mineral powders.
Its soft full bristles pick up the right amount of product to drop on your skin. The large head of this brush can be used in circular motions any where on the face and neck. Have fun with it!
Alima kitten brush

Alima Pure Kitten Brush

An awesome bronzer, powder pick up brush. Another brush that is Eco-friendly with professional quality a priority. Apply any kind of organic sheer, bronze, or foundation powder with a full body brush.

Blush Brush

Bring color to the apple of your cheeks.
A blush brush is shaped to contour to your cheek bones.
It is similar to the bronzer brush, but you can get them in a smaller size just for those beautiful bones ! SMILE 🙂 Use the soft bristles to apply blush, draw and blend upward to your hairline.
Blush brush review

Blush Brush by Antonym

A soft natural bristle head that will pick up the right amount of blush for easy application. Eco-friendly and sustainable bamboo.

Eye Brushes

Our eyes are such a great feature. Dressing them up with a hint of color, or creating a seductive smokey eye. We can have a lot of fun creating different looks with eye makeup. There are a lot of brushes that can help form, shape and produce a glam look.

Liner Brow Brush

These compact, slanted brushes are great for creating symmetrical brows, or filling in sparse areas.
Use your dark shadows to elongate a cat eye look. Pulling off your eye lid towards your hair line.
Alima brush review

 Alima Pure Angle Liner/Brow Brush

Versatile and Precise. You get great results every time. Eco-friendly fibers, compact bristles for cat eye or brows.

Eye Shadow Brush

Blend your eye shadows or apply your fav color.
An eye shadow brush has soft bristles and a small head to sweep across the eye lid.
It picks up the right amount of product even when blending.

TIP: You can dampen your shadow brush to create a deeper color.

Kjaer weis soft brush review

Kjaer Weis Soft Brush.

Simply a great blending brush. Vegan and Eco-friendly fibers.

 Ultimate Eye Brush Set

A set of brushes can make stocking up a snap. With these essentials, you will be able to apply eye makeup like a pro!
Alima eye brush set

The Ultimate Eye Brush Set by Alima

Gives you a variety of options for all designs. From soft blending to detail work. You will enjoy playing around with these useful tools. 

The small pointed brush is great for liquid eye liner, and the larger shadow brushes blend and sweep lovely color to your lids.

Lip Brushes

Lip Brushes are a short, compact, sculpted bristle brush, that has a strong point for a perfect pout. Line your lips easily with a lip brush tool, then fill in with a matching shade.
Covered lip brush review

Covered Lip Brush by Antonym

a more compact brush for a nice tip to line lips. Made from sustainable bamboo and natural fibers.

Lip brush review

Kjaer Weis Lip Brush

Easily fill in lip color. And kept safe with a lid for travel. long lasting, and professionally made.

Cleaning your brushes

You want to keep your brushes clean

This will make them last a long time, and prevent any buildup of product and bacteria. Keeping your brushes clean will also help keep your skin clear.
You will want to clean your foundation, lip, eye brushes and concealer brushes after each use. Your powder and bronze brushes can be cleaned weekly.

How you clean your brushes

  • Coat them in Olive Oil. Pour olive oil into a bowl, dip the brush into the oil and swish it around. Once the brush is full of oil, squeeze the oil out of the brush and into the sink.
  • Rinse Them. Begin by running your brushes under lukewarm water, rinsing out all of the residual makeup. Try to focus on the actual bristles while avoiding the part of the brush where handle meets the head, as this can loosen the glue over time
  • Use a Gentle Soap. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a squirt of shampoo, and gently swirl your brush tip in the water. If you need to, you can also swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to work up a lather.
  • Rinse Again. Rinse the brush tip under running water once again.
  • Repeat steps two and three until the water runs clear from the brush
  • Wipe Your Brush. Use a cloth to wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go.
  • Lay Flat to Dry. Lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry.
  • They will be ready and waiting for you for the next time!

Have Fun With Brushes

There is an amazing variety of brushes out there. Consider your face a blank canvas and you are the artist ! Have fun with it.
Brushes genuinely make the job easier and more fun. Start with a brush that will help with a technique you have wanted to achieve, You should find that each brush will help master that technique. Also, there are excellent tutorials on youtube.
All the brushes that are featured in this article are made from sustainable woods and fibers. Each one is vegan and Eco-friendly ! That is what we are all about here at TBOSC. They are available from The Detox Market & Spirit Beauty Lounge
What is your favorite makeup brush? Do you have any tips or tricks to share?
To a bright and beautiful you,
Maria.

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