In the case of the Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush ($30), "perfect" is not an adjective. It's a fact. It might be the only foundation applicator you need, because unlike most flat brushes, its slightly angled bristles reach all the contours of your face without the telltale streaks. Don't limit this brush to liquid foundation, though. As one who likes to switch up her foundations throughout the year (altering between liquid, powder, and tinted moisturizer), I can honestly say this brush offers a uniform application with all types of products — concealer included. It's also rather small in size, so it can fit into the most compact of makeup bags. It's a splurge at $30, but worth it for the mere fact that it can make any complexion product work as if it cost a million bucks.
Are you giving your makeup brushes enough love? Read: do you clean them once a week? Well, you should be. Not only does giving them a regular wash keep them intact, but it also helps to prevent breakouts. But if you don't want to run out and buy a fancy cleanser, then all you have to do is look in your kitchen or bathroom for the solution. Your bar of soap, olive oil, and dishwashing detergent will help to sanitize your brushes in less than two minutes. Watch now to find out all of your at-home cleaning options and learn a way to make your own cleaning liquid.
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Ever walk into a Sephora, take one look at the rows of makeup brushes, and feel so overwhelmed that you don't know where to start? Take a deep breath . . . we've got you covered. Our makeup brush cheat sheet breaks down every brush you could think of, for any use there is. Trust us, we've done the research. Get schooled when you keep clicking.
Have you ever seen those blunt-topped, two-toned brushes at the makeup counter and scratched your head as to what they actually did? The stippling brush is a great tool for women who are looking to get an airbrushed finish with their foundation. Learn all about why it should be part of your makeup brush collection when you keep reading.
You might look at a fan brush and think why on earth would you even need it. But if you're a little heavy-handed with the powder no matter what you do, this delicate little brush may be your savior. That's not all this little miracle worker can do, though. Find out all you need to know about the fan brush when you keep reading.
Angled eye brushes are favored by many makeup artists because they help achieve depth, definition, precision, and blendability along your upper lash lines. While seemingly frivolous, these brushes are actually a key tool to have in your collection. Discover everything you need to know about angled liner brushes, along with some of our top product picks, when you read more.
When fleshing out your makeup brush collection, it's easy to get slipped up on what you need. Some brushes look the same, seem to serve similar purposes, and seem like they're easy to skip. But scratch your head no longer! We're here to bust up the confusion of the brushes, starting with your standard blush brush.
What It's Used For: A blush brush is used for, well, blush. It is designed to lightly apply pigment to the apples of your cheeks, giving you a flushed, rosy tinge.
What It Looks Like: Blush brushes are domed and fluffy. Look for a brush that has natural, tapered bristles. A blush brush has a similar shape to a powder brush but is smaller. And those minibrushes you get with a lot of blushes? Can them. Since they aren't dome shaped, they'll create a sharp line instead of a soft dusting.
Why You Need It: Blush is an important step in your makeup regimen, especially if you use a heavy foundation. A blush brush is a makeup-case staple since it delivers your pigment in a natural way. To apply, dip your brush into the blush, tap off the excess, and lightly swipe it onto your cheeks. Smiling helps you find the natural line your blush should take, and you should apply from the bottoms of your ears to the top corner of your mouth, with most of the pigment focusing on the apple of your cheek.
Tips and Tricks
- For a creamier blush look, wet the top of your brush with a tiny bit of water before dipping it into the blush. This will create a soft, diffused look.
- If you want a more defined line, lightly squeeze the bristles of your brush together. This is great for contouring color down the bridge of your nose.
Working toward clearer-looking skin means taking the proper precautions: washing your face every night, not wearing makeup while working out, and cleaning your makeup brushes regularly. These three cleansers are your best bet when it comes to disinfecting, and one is probably in your shower right now. Plus, they won't break down the glue that holds your brushes together. On Kirbie Johnson: dress from H&M and hairpiece from ban.do.