I've been there and frankly speaking, there are times I encounter new kinds of brushes that are completely alien to my vocabulary. Make-up brushes vary not just in uses but also in composition, including length and density. But to avoid overwhelming you with info, here's a short list of the important tools you should first consider investing on. I know many would suggest that you buy a set because it is cheaper, but personally I think it is best for beginners to buy make-up brushes per piece for the following reasons:
- You are still discovering your make-up application style. This affects the specific details you'd be looking for in a brush such as length, weight, softness, etc. Of course there's the universal need for durability and quality but based on my experience, among many, brush handle length can vary per person so it's best for you to find on your own what you'd be most comfortable working with.
- Other than application style, you are also still discovering your make-up preferences. If you're just starting to fall in love with anything make-up, then let me welcome you to the possibilities. There's of course liquid and powder make-ups. There's mineral make-up (which uses recommended types of brushes for optimum results) and there's also make-up that comes in mousse and cream form (thus requiring minimal use of make-up brushes); so it's really going to be helpful if you don't overwhelm yourself with too much too soon. Enjoy the gradual process and as they say in yoga, find your center. Make-up should be something YOU enjoy doing FOR YOURSELF so be very vain about it and make each of your make-up choices all about WHAT YOU WANT and WHAT YOU NEED. :)
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Here's a shortlist of brushes that you might encounter as you go build your make-up kit.
- Powder Brush (shown in photo above)- aka Face Brush, is used to dust loose powder all over the face prior make-up application or to set your make-up. It is used to mattify the face using loose powder. Simply load the brush with loose powder, tap excess, and swipe and swirl all over the face to evenly spread powder. Tip: Should be kept properly in a roll, preferably with a brush guard. A brush guard can help protect your brush from dirt and bacteria from sitting on the bristles and also it can help maintain the shape of your brush. A Powder Brush can be really fluffy so in order to maintain the its proper shape, use a brush guard. Check out www.thebrushguard.com.
- Eyeshadow Brush- which comes in varying sizes (small, medium and large). The name speaks for itself. It is a fluffy brush used to apply eyeshadow on the lids. The size affects precision in terms of applying eye color. Larger eyeshadow brushes are preferrably used to apply a base color on the lids while smaller eyeshadow brushes can be used to reach corners or to sweep precise lines of colors on the eye lids. A Medium-sized eyeshadow brush can be the best of both worlds as it is capable of easily priming and in precisely coloring the lids. Tip: It is best to use a brush per eye shade when doing a multi-colored eye make-up so as to avoid mixing shades on your brush--something you wouldn't find pleasing especially if you want solid areas of particular colors for your eye make-up. As follows, it is best to clean your eye shadow brushes often, especially after using a strongly pigmented eye shadow. Light colored brush hairs can also be stained if not cleaned often/soon after a pigmented eye shadow.
- Liquid Foundation Brush- recommended in applying and spreading all over the face your liquid foundation (as the name suggests), Liquid/Cream make-up primer and even your BB creams. I really do recommend Elianto's Liquid Foundation Brush. I use it every time! It's so durable, cause for the longest time it's MY ONLY Liquid Foundation Brush, and I do clean my Liquid Foundation Brush everyday, and this Elianto baby just never sheds! So great! It makes application more flawless and even compared to just using the hand. Not to mention it is also more hygienic and neat. Speaking of hygiene, since wetness is breeding ground of bacteria, it is advisable that you wash your Liquid Foundation Brush every after use, no miss. Tip: A Liquid Foundation Brush tend to leave brush strokes on the face. Don't fret! Just user a latex sponge to clear your face of the strokes. If available, you can also use a stippling brush to do the same. A stippling brush can also leave your face with an airbrushed flawless look. (A stippling brush is aka dual fibre brush.)
- Lip Brush- I fine tipped brush that is used to evenly apply lipstick on your puckers. It is recommended because it prolongs the life of your lipstick not only in terms of consumption but also in terms of shelf life. Using lipsticks directly on the lips can be unhygienic EVEN if you don't share your lipstick! (Imagine those who do!) Same with the Liquid Foundation Brush, you should often clean your lip brush because it can easily breed bacteria--bacteria you wouldn't want to be anywhere near your mouth!
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Don't forget to have fun!
My other brush recommendations include:
Charm Brushes from Beauty and Minerals (I love their Eye Blending Brush. So helpful in softening edges and of course in blending eye make-up.)
Ellana Brushes (specifically their Kabuki Brush which is just divine!)
For cheap brush sets, try also Dollface Cosmetics Brush sets
For cheap yet functional brushes, try also E.L.F.
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