Knowing what products to have in your makeup bag can be completely overwhelming. From what products to use and how to apply them, it’s not an easy process for a lot of us. Especially when it comes to choosing the best makeup brushes for your beauty routine. So we want to make it simple for you. We’ve rounded up the five types of makeup brushes that you really need, and their uses.
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Firstly, let’s start with complexion, I always recommend using a sponge over a brush as you’ll get the most flawless, natural looking finish. A sponge is also great because it allows you to build on your coverage and your makeup will last all day. But make sure you wet your sponge before using it by holding it under running water. OR my favourite trick for when you’re on-the-go is to give your sponge a quick spritz with a makeup finishing spray like this, and you’re ready to go! If you have oily skin you can also use your sponge to lightly press powder onto your T-zone or any areas that get shiny. And it will take away the shine without leaving you looking cakey.
When it comes to brushes for concealer I prefer brushes with synthetic hairs as they’re smooth and soak up far less product so you’ll also waste less product. Look for a concealer brush with a flat head that allows you to press the product onto the skin exactly where you want it and then smooth it out evenly. If you find that the concealer has settled into any fine lines then you can go over it with your sponge, gently pressing onto the skin until the area is crease free.
Blush is so important for pepping up your complexion, counteracting dull skin and giving you a youthful appearance. With blush, you don’t want any harsh lines, so you want to look for a brush with a soft, rounded head that can disperse the product evenly. Always make sure you tap excess product off the end of the brush before applying the blush to the apples of your cheeks to avoid applying too much product.
If you’re over fifty you definitely want to wear eyeshadow because otherwise your eyes can get lost, and you can use eye makeup to bring them back. You can really just use your fingers to apply a shadow over the lid but you need a good brush for your crease. So look for a crease brush, especially if you’re over fifty as you’ll want to create a lift effect in the eye area by placing a soft, dark colour in your crease.
An angled brush is so versatile! So you can use an angled brush for your lash line, your eyebrows and you can use in the lower outer corner of the eye area for extra definition. As you age your lashes will become sparse so your angled brush is great for pressing a dark shadow onto your lash line to make your lashes appear thicker. It’s also great for applying your brow makeup because it gives a feathered effect and it that won’t look too bold or overpowering – just beautiful, natural brows.
Are you overwhelmed by all these brushes and just want someone to do all the hard work for you? There are some great brush sets out there, like the ones from Nude By Nature, Ulta3 and Mary Kay, that include some of the brushes I mentioned, are easy to grab and go and come at a great price point!
Have you tried any of the makeup brushes that we mentioned in this article? Are any of these brush types missing from your beauty routine?