This has been a long time coming. In fact, I’m surprised I haven’t written about this before to be honest. Never should a woman ever have to wonder about what half the makeup brushes in her vanity do (the way I did as a raccoon-eyed teen. I swear, mom. I wasn’t an emo kid; I just didn’t know what to do with all those brushes).
I swear, if I wasn’t so in love with make-up, I probably would’ve given up on it early on itself. It was then that it occurred to me that make-up can be overwhelming, of course, but some basic guidelines can make your life a heck of a lot easier and make-up a lot less daunting. To simplify it for you, here are some basic make-up brushes you should look to adding to your make-up kit.
1) Flat, stiff brush: to pack eyeshadow to your lid. This brush needs to be stiff so that it can pick up as much color as possible. You press this brush into the color and then lightly press it against your lid.
2) Stiff dome brush: to apply color to your crease. The stiffer the brush, the more color it picks up and the darker the look you’ll be able to create. The softer the brush, the more feathered and softer the look. This brush helps to create the smoky eye.
3) Soft dome or blending brush: perfect for blending and applying color right under your brow-bone.
4) Angled or pencil brush: Used to smudge eyeshadow under the lower lashline and to also smudge your eyeliner to create a softer look. I also use this brush to create the perfect outer-V when applying eyeshadow.
2) Angled blush or powder brush: As I said, a soft brush won’t pick up a ton of color so a softer angled blush brush is perfect for applying blush to the apples of your cheeks. Always blend upwards towards your temple and remember, the softer the color on your cheeks the better.
3) Cheek highlighter brush: Sweep on a light, shimmery blush right at the top of your cheek bones.
Over the years, you’ll learn how to get the perfect lip. But one thing that will definitely make it a whole lot easier for you is to make sure you get your hands on the perfect lip brush. All you need to do is press the tip into the lipstick you plan on using and brush it onto your lips. You’ll learn as you go, but wearing lipstick this way gives you more control over the lipstick application.
A great way to not feel so overwhelmed by makeup brushes is to go out and buy a brush set that will most likely have all the brushes I’ve listed above and more. I highly recommend e.l.f. Essential’s set of 12 brushes. It’s priced at a very affordable rate and this way you won’t have to worry about not knowing what to buy and what not to.
You already have an idea what to do with most these brushes and that’s a lot more I could say back when I was just starting out!
Author: Evelyn K. Walker is an incredibly upbeat and fun loving person who loves all things beauty & style related. She started working her way up the ladder on her own working straight from home at a very young age. Today, at 27 Evelyn still works from home but has developed a commendable clientele for herself. She focuses on perfection in all aspects, whether it be beauty regimes, makeup, personal style & fashion. She loves to write as a hobby and guest blogs for others whenever she gets the time and has something epic to write about. With her insatiable talent to keep up with all things new and glamorous, the sky is the limit for this young entrepreneur.