Let’s talk about brushes. They are my absolute favourite beauty item to talk about and my favourite thing to buy. If you read my bio, you know I – like many others – started out with those godforsaken sponge-tip eyeshadow applicators, and another tool I like to call my hands. These ‘tools’ led to a nice, streaky, unblended finish to whatever kind of makeup I attempted. I personally think good quality brushes can make all the difference. I always tell my clients that a good makeup brush can make a $5 eyeshadow palette look like a $40 eyeshadow palette. So what are the different types of brushes? What can they be used for? What is the difference between real-hair bristles and synthetic bristles? When should I wash my brushes? No fear – let me share my knowledge. I’ll stick to just eyeshadow brushes, but I’ll make another post about face brushes and sponges if you wish.
I’ll start by saying a general rule is real-hair bristles (boar, goat, squirrel, etc.) are better for powder shadows and synthetic bristles (manufactured) are better for cream shadows. Keep in mind this is a guideline – if you find that a real-hair brush works better than a synthetic brush with one of your cream shadows , go for it. Live your life.
I think every starter kit should have a few good blending brushes and a couple of flat packer brushes. Blending brushes come in a variety of sizes, but they are generally the longer-bristled fluffy brushes used to put colour in the crease (or socket) of the eye. My favourites are the Sephora #38 and #31, as well as the Makeup Geek blending brush. Every eye is different so find the perfect blending brush that sits effortlessly into your crease. Flat brushes are flat (obviously…) and are used to put shadows on the eyelid. They also come in a variety of sizes, so find one that fits your lid perfectly. My favourites are the Ecotools flat eyeshadow brush and the Sephora #14.
Now that we have our brushes, we can talk about the most dreaded day in existence: deep-cleaning day. If you only have a few brushes, this day won’t be so bad for you. But if you’re a hoarder like me, it’s a painful process. You should generally wash your brushes every time you use them with a gentle daily brush cleaner (my favourite is the Sephora citrus brush cleaner). This type of cleaner simply gets off any shadow residue so that you can use clean, disinfected brushes in between deep-cleanings. But every so often (every 2 weeks or so, depending on how often you do your makeup), you should deep clean to rid your brushes of dirt and oil. This not only cleans them, but preserves the bristles and the shape of the brush. I love the Sephora Solid Clean bar. It looks like a bar of soap and you shampoo your brushes just like you would your hair, and then lay them flat to dry.
Congratulations, you now know a thing or two about brushes. Like I said, investing in a good set of brushes will make all the difference. It allows you to spend less time and money on your makeup because the shadows will blend effortlessly, and you are able to buy cheaper shadows and make them work.
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Until next time,