A beginner guide to the cosmetic brushes
Some professionals create original make-up with their palms and fingers, others do not allow a wide selection of brushes during their work. If you are not a well-known makeup artist, then you probably will not do without help and cosmetic brushes and sponges will be your good friends. Not all cosmetic brushes are equal. Each has a special purpose and its use has a different effect. Not sure which brush to choose? Our guide will advise you on how to choose the right one.
Liquid makeup can be applied with the help of fingers. However, if a mineral or powder foundation has become your favourite, your efforts to obtain perfect skin with the right tools will be much easier. Especially in the areas under the eyes and around the nose, the brush is invaluable. He manages wrinkles and unevenness.
What does a typical makeup brush look like? It is flatter, not too wide, its bristles are thick and tend to be straight. How to apply foundation? For a perfect result, start on the cheeks and in the T-zone. Spread the makeup towards the ears and the nose towards the forehead, until lost.
The classic powder brush is thick and rounded, fine and dense to keep a fine powder between the individual bristles and then to distribute it evenly on the skin. Before you start applying, lightly blow off the excess powder from the brush. Then run it over your forehead, nose, chin, and finally over your cheeks towards your ears. Always powder against the direction of hair growth on the face, otherwise, the powder will stick in them and it will be too visible.
This rounded utensil is a classic. Make-up artists use it to apply a so-called blush, which adds freshness to the face. A beveled variant of the brush is also used, with the help of which rouge is applied more precisely. Shading under the cheekbones or creating so-called fresh "apples" is also easier.
How to do it? First, run the brush over the powder rouge several times, and then tap it gently over the wrist. This gives the optimum amount of paint to be applied.
Tools of various shapes and widths can be obtained for powder eye shadows. The narrower and shorter eyes shade and emphasise more accurately; wider and flatter is suitable for shaping the shadows on the eyelid. To soften colour transitions, there are so-called blender brushes that have long hairs.
Tip: if you powder the eyelid beforehand, the shadows will be applied better and more evenly.
This type usually occurs in the 2in1 variant. On one side, the brush is firm and chamfered. He easily scoops up eyebrow powder and then applies it between the eyebrow hairs with gentle strokes. These are finally combed with a spiral brush, which is on the opposite side of the tool.
Tip: if you've inadvertently created two arcs that are too dark, don't despair. Just dip the spiral brush into a little loose powder and comb your eyebrows once more. This softens the colour.
There are many variants of this type of brush on the market. From super thin for classic lines at the roots of algae to those with a thicker tip for wider lines. A trick for beginners? Use liquid lines and first draw the line on the outer third of the eye. Then work your way to the inner corner of your eye.
They are priceless! Thanks to them, you frame your lips beautifully, paint them and scrape out the last waste from your favourite lipstick. In addition: the paint applied to the lips with a brush will last longer and will also be more pronounced than when using lipstick alone. For precise work, it is necessary not to have the brush too soft. Method? Slightly open your lips and first emphasise their center - the so-called heart.
Finally, paint your lips to the corners.
The fan-mounted bristle tool is great for removing excess powder or unintentionally smudged shadows. Do you want to apply a little bronzer or highlighter on your cheekbones? He does great too! Just pick up a little colour on the tip of the brush and gently rub the cheeks.
Three rules for taking care of cosmetic brushes
Do you know how important is the care of cosmetic brushes? How often should we clean them? And what is the most appropriate way?
Ideally, clean the brushes after each use. A great helper is the quick-drying cleaning spray on the brush, which effectively removes make-up residues and ensures proper hygiene.
How to do it? After each make-up, spray the cleaning spray directly on the fibers of the brush and then wipe it in a napkin to remove excess moisture and wipe off any makeup residue. Use a clean napkin to adjust the brush fibers to their original shape, place the brush horizontally, and do not want to air dry completely before using it again.
Once a week, give the brushes a more thorough cleaning in the form of a bath.
How to do it? Soak in warm water (be careful not to boil), add cleaning spray and soak the brush in the prepared bath. Do not soak the handle, only the bristles, otherwise, the brush will soon be destroyed. Then thoroughly wipe the entire hair section to remove mechanical dirt and the cleaner itself. Don't forget the spaces between the bristles. Gently squeeze out excess water and allow the brush to dry on a flat surface to prevent deformation.
Remember that the life of the brushes is not endless, despite proper care, and the brushes need to be replaced from time to time. You will know this by the fact that the bristles start to scatter from the brush and start to change shape. Then it's time to buy a new one. But before that happens, give him the best possible care, because not only your skin but also your wallet will repay you.