Makeup 101: Brushing up on Brushes

You want quality tools to work, cook and clean with, right?  Why wouldn’t you want quality tools to do your makeup?  Let’s brush up on Makeup Brushes.

I know some of you are out there saying, I don’t need makeup brushes, I have fingers. My fingers work great at putting on my makeup.   Really?  Do you use your fingers to eat your cereal?  No, you use a spoon.  You use a knife to cut meat and fork to eat it.  Yes, your fingers are involved, but they are being used to hold a tool designed for the task at hand.  Makeup brushes are a tool as well and were designed to be held by fingers!

Another reason not to use your fingers – wrinkles!  The face, especially around the eyes has some of the most sensitive skin on the body.  Pulling and tugging on this delicate skin can cause it to stretch and crease causing pre-mature wrinkles.

  • So what are the benefits of use makeup Brushes?
  • Brushes are easier to control in small areas like eye, lashes, and lips.
  • Brushes allow for a more balanced and matching effect on eyes and cheeks
  • Brushes work much better at doing detail work.
  • Well cared for brushes won’t contaminate your cosmetics like you figures can

There are a number of places to purchase good quality brushes and numerous sizes, colors, cost and purposes in brushes as well.  Here are some of the most common.

  • Powder – an oversized brush that is soft and fluffy. These brushes are designed to dust loose or pressed powder over the face.  Average prices for a quality Powder Brush $35-$45.
  • Blush – Typically an angled brush with a wide set of soft hairs. The brush should pick up product easy and distribute it evenly.  Average prices for a quality Blush Brush $25-$35.
  • Eyes – there are several types of eye brushes.
  • Dense, Rounded Brush – perfect for blending cream eye products
  • Fluffy, Rounded Brush – great for applying and blending color.
  • Fluffy, Tapered Brush. …great for applying color to the crease of the eye
  • Small, Tapered Blending-Brush. … great for details work around the eye.
  • Tapered, Duo-Fiber Blending-Brush – perfect for blending out an eye look.
  • Petite, Tapered Blending-Brush – ideal for blending eyeliner and wing-shaped looks
  • Large, Domed Blending- Brush – great for blending out harsh and unwanted edges.
  • Lip – These brushes are designed to give your wonderful control for a defined lip and great blend of color.
  • Sponges – while technically not a brush, a good sponge can go a long way.

Now you know what some of the available brushes are, but what about those amazing tools that come with the blush or eye shadows.  To be honest I typically throw those applicators,  little brushes, sponges and alike out.  To apply make properly you need good makeup brushes, maybe not something a professional like myself would use, but something of quality.

Where to you find those types of brushes?

Well, you can always start at a cosmetic store like Sephora or Ulta Beauty – they will have individual brushes as well as sets of brushes and you’ll find a wide range of price and quality.  You can always go to a local makeup store like Make Up For Ever or Kryolan – they carry their own line of brushes.   Lastly, you can always shop online at sites that sell brushes like Sigma Beauty or follow my affiliate link to a wide range of Makeup Brushes and other beauty tools

While I don’t suggest your go into debt for makeup brushes, spend money on the ones you use the most.  If you don’t wear a lot of lipstick don’t get a lip brush.  If you wear minimum eyeshadow, pick maybe two eye brushes – a round soft fluffy and a dense rounded brush would work great.

Now that you have your brushes,  how should you take care of them?  Yes, they have to be cleaned and take care of.

Basic brush care:

Keep your brushes in a container standing upright – ensure the bristles are not bent or misshaped while storing. If you purchased a set of brushes in a roll-up case use that – great for travel.

Don’t blow on your brushes, if you have too much product on the brush just tap it gently.

Clean your brushes on a regularly.

To clean your brushes:

Run lukewarm water over the bristles of the brushes.  Try to avoid the area where the bristles meet the handle, water can loosen the glue holding the brush together.

Fill the sink or small bowl with lukewarm water and a small amount of a gentle shampoo/ baby shampoo, especially if you have brushes with natural hairs.   Gently agitate the brushes in the water and shampoo mixture.  If the brush has excessive build up, use your palm and swirl the brush to help build a lather and deeply clean the brush.

Rinse with water once, keep repeating the cleaning steps until the water is running clean from the brush.

Use a cloth to wipe and draw excess moister from the brush, reshape the brushes and lay flat on the edge of a shelf or counter to dry with bristles hanging over the edge for air circulation.

There you have a Brush up on Makeup Brushes.  Have additional questions send me an email