If you ask any artist who paints–in oils, acrylics, temperas, watercolors and more–what one component outside of their individual talent serves as the deal breaker for their ability to succeed in rendering their brilliantly painted effects, the universal answer will always be about the exact brushes they paint with. Each line, stroke and wash is delivered with the precision and fullness they desire because they have a collection of just the right brushes for every possible effect. Fine arts artists and cosmetic artists are more similar than they are not, and while their subject matter typically varies, the need is every bit as strong to have the right brushes for each specific effect and product. Anything less is sure to be accompanied by sub-par results–this should go without saying. It’s impossible to create detail by using a mop brush or a filbert brush, just as it would be to adequately paint a large, evenly colored field by using a rigger or liner brush. Do you have the brushes you need for your makeup? Do your makeup brushes work for you, by easily producing the right widths, points and techniques you want, or do you struggle with them, while each time promising yourself that you’re going to do something about it, one of these days? Here’s what you need to know.
Know What’s for What
It’s important to choose the type of brush to use first based on the type of makeup formulation you use. If you are applying any type of powder-like blushes, eye shadows, bronzers, highlighters, mineral foundations and setting powders, you need a brush that is made of natural bristles. For proper application of liquids and cream formulations–regardless of where they’ll go–you need a brush made of synthetic bristles.
Applying Foundation With a Foundation Brush and Blender
When applying your foundation, use your chiseled point foundation brush to place your foundation at the center of your face and then sweep it out to either side from the center, all the way to the hairline and blend. A beauty blender is a sponge formulated for superior blending capabilities, and is used by slightly dampening with water, and then lightly dabbed all over for airbrushed effects.
Big Brush Effects After Foundation
A thick, fat and rather stubby Kabuki Brush is the tool that works best for bronzer applications. Similar to the foundation brush but rounder, a powder brush enables you to apply adequately diffused powder all over your face and won’t smudge your foundation. Perfect powder setting, but without any unevenness. For blush, an angled blush brush is slanted diagonally, while being full like the foundation and powder brushes. Use it to swirl and then glide the blush across your cheekbones.
The Smaller Brush Lineup
The concealer brush is slightly angled and flat, with an oval tip, which makes it ideal for reaching all those little areas with precision. An all-over eyeshadow brush is similar to the concealer brush, being flat, but it features a more rounded tip, and is for ideal shadow coverage of entire lid. Blending brushes help you to blend your above the eye crease for a softer look. Smudger brushes are stubby little things that perfectly render that smoky eye look to Kohl eyeliner effects. The small, flat and diagonal angled eyeliner brush works to apply gel and cream liners, from the inside corner, and for wonderful wing effects. A lash/brow/comb brush features a fine, plastic comb on one side, and a stiff bristled brush on the other, for rendering more natural effects to makeup applications to the brows and lashes. A fan brush gives you impeccable ability to give any area a finishing “once-over” that guarantees perfection.