Makeup is now an art which involves constant concentration while its application is done. Getting the right tools is considered almost half the process because it helps simplify the action. Get good quality makeup brushes made from high quality fibers, You can either purchase all your brushes from your favourite brand or mix and match those you prefer or to get better value.
If you don’t know your contour blender from your smudge stick, brush up your tool knowledge with our tool guide and brush recommendations to transform you from clueless to confident…
Designed to achieve a smooth and flawless finish, the bristles are tightly packed with a tapered tip for fluid application. Dampen the brush first in warm water and firmly squeeze the excess into a towel or tissue, this will help achieve a more even distribution.
Use to apply concealer under the eyes, to spots and to camouflage problem areas such as broken capillaries and areas of discolouration. its is a soft bristled, flat brush with a wider base and a pointed tip.
Duo Fibre Brush’Made from a blend of goat and synthetic fibers this brush is ideal for buffing and blending colour. The flat, circular, feathery head provides lightweight and build able coverage of liquid, cream or powder. Use to blend cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks or for a light dusting of shimmer powder to your cheek and brow bones.
This brush can be used for both compact powder and bronzer.Soft, full and rounded, The bristles pick up the perfect amount of colour and distribute flawlessly onto the skin. Load your brush with the powder and shake away any excess before sweeping onto the skin.
Mineral Powder Brush
It is expertly designed to buff mineral powder onto your skin for pure perfection. A thick bundled brush that can sometimes be used both wet and dry. Apply in small circular motions for a faultless finish.
Fan Powder Brush
Created for use with loose powder, the fine fan sweeps a light dusting of powder onto the skin for a soft, velvety effect. This application technique avoids heavy coverage which can highlight fine lines and imperfections. These brushes are also used to remove excess powder on the face, particularly after eyeshadow application.
Made with fine, gentle fibers the blush brush has a rounded head which is perfect for giving a pop of colour to the apples of your cheeks. Sweep and blend along your cheekbone drawing the brush up into your hairline.
Slanted and rounded in shape, the contour brush mimics the angles of your cheekbones. This is ideal for highlighting and shading with bronzer or illuminating powder. Use with cream, gel or powder to contour a sculpted finish for a defined and dramatic makeup.
Eye Shadow Brush
Large, flat, short and brimming with bristles for excellent coverage. The soft bristles have a beveled edge for a smooth application without ‘dragging’ the eyelid. Use to apply all over colour.
Angle Eye Shadow Brush
A long, round and tapered brush perfect for shading the eye socket. Just gently follow the natural crease of the socket blending back and forth to build up depth of colour.
Blending Eye Shadow Brush
Use this light brush to blend eye colours and to highlight the brow bone.
Fine Point Eyeliner Brush
The extra fine tip of this brush delivers precise liquid and gel eyeliner application. A perfect line can be achieved in one stroke, or use the point to dot in between lashes for a more subtle effect.
Flat Eyeliner Brush
Allows eyeliner to be applied deep into the lash line for a richer and more distinct eye. Gently brush upwards to soften and blend the line for a smokey eye.
You’re most likely to find these doubled ended with an eye pencil. The foam tip is used to soften the harsh line of the pencil giving a smouldering finish. Larger ones can also be used for applying eyeshadow such as The Body Shop’s Smudger Brush.
Slanted Eyebrow Definer Brush
Used to define and fill brows for a beautifully symmetrical appearance. The bristles are stiff and angled for precise control. Apply powder, liquid or cream in short strokes mimicking the hairs, fill sparse areas, shape and elongate for a perfect brow.
Spiral Eyebrow Brush
Ideal for taming unruly hairs, the stiff bristles smooth and comb eyebrows into form. When shaping, use to brush hairs upwards and trim the excess for neatly groomed brows.
Lip BrushThe sculpted tip of a lip brush is perfect for achieving a flawless line. The bristles are short and firm for controlled application.
Cleaning Makeup Brushes
Finally, don’t forget your brush cleaner! You don’t want to spend a lot of money buying high quality makeup brushes if you are not going to be able to look after them by keeping them clean and conditioned. Foundation, eyeshadow and lip brushes should be cleansed after each use to stop bacteria spreading and therefore keep your skin clear; whilst other types of brushes such as powder and blusher can be cleansed once a week. Most brands that sell brushes also have a brush cleanser.