Fact: You know the wide array of makeup brushes presently cluttering your bathroom counter and/or makeup bag? While each does serve a purpose, when it comes down to it, you probably don't need all of them. If you're looking to clear out the excess, discover how to whittle your brush collection down to four (yes, four) of the bare basics when you read more.
You can even try dipping your smudger brush into a similarly hued powder shadow to set and intensify creamy pencil liner. And since it's so small and easy to control, it's perfect for reaching targeted areas, like the inside corners of the eyes. Glittery shadow, here you come, sans the excessive results. Shop a variety of smudging brushes in the widget below.
Use a lip brush to blend out lip liner for a less harsh look. Then, for a lipstick or lip gloss application, start at the center of your lips and blend product out toward your lip line. To get a crisp finish, use the tip of the brush to define the lip lines at the bows and corners. You can even break the rules, and use a lip brush with concealer to erase small spots, redness, and darkness on the complexion. On the eyes, use it as a smudge brush, lash liner, or shadow applier. Just be sure to put a halt to the double-dipping; you don't want mouth germs on your eyes.
The kit (which comes with a metallic, faux-leather case) includes blush, angled eye shadow, eye sweep, and eyeliner brushes that are built to last. Now if Bobbi would just add a concealer and eyebrow brushes in the mix, you'd have pretty much all the brush basics covered.
There are some key differences between synthetic and authentic hair makeup brushes, not just in terms of where the hair originates, but in terms of how the hair functions. It's a really fascinating topic and one that I've spent a lot of time working on lately. So in this post, I want to put all ethical debates on the subject aside, and focus strictly on the fundamental difference between these two different kinds of brush hairs, because I think it's something that not a lot of people know about.
The main difference between a brush made with synthetic hair and a brush made with real hair is its ability to pick up pigment. Brushes made with real, authentic hair pick up pigment and distribute it in fewer motions than brushes made with synthetic hair. That's because the hair follicle of an actual living thing has tiny little porous holes in it. So when you have a bunch of these hairs brought together and you try to pick up a powder or a substance, the tiny porous holes can actually hold onto and cling onto the pigment. It just picks it up that much better because there are these little spaces where it can be absorbed. Then, once you apply it, it kind of shakes off of the bristles. To learn more about synthetics, keep reading.
You may not think about your makeup brushes as often as you do the type of foundation or color eye shadow that you use, but that doesn't mean that your brush collection isn't every bit as important to your makeup collection as the individual products that you swear by! Your brushes are an essential part of your makeup collection . . . you can have all the best cosmetics in the world, but without brushes, your application and finished look will suffer.
A lot of times people aren't sure what kind of brushes they should buy. If you have a relatively small makeup collection, are on a tight budget, or don't have any makeup brushes to begin with, it can be confusing. I thought we could focus on these necessary tools — from how to maximize your brush budget as a whole to the detailed descriptions of each individual brush! Check out my brush necessities now.
1.) Charlotte Russe glam pink powder brush ($11) — Love a piece that will look glamorous on your vanity table? With its faceted crystal handle and pink, domed top, this kabuki is a mini work of art.
2.) Sonia Kashuk silver holiday kabuki ($12) — It's a limited-edition brush from her holiday line at Target, but this shimmery makeup tool will look great no matter the time of year.
3.) Aveda Uruku bronzing brush ($40) — With its striking red-orange bristles (inspired by the pigments in the urukum plant), 25 percent PCR aluminum handle, and anaconda snake-patterned pouch it comes packaged in, what's not to love about this eco-friendly offering?
4.) Tarte Glam on the Go ($29) — Speaking of cool packaging, here's a buffer brush that is housed in a faux-crocodile case that's perfect for all your on-the-go kabuki needs.
5.) Nars kabuki artisan brush in #27 Yachiyo ($50) — This brush is craftsmanship at its finest. The handle is hand-spun with black wisteria, and the tapered spiral dome head makes gliding along smaller, curved corners all the more swift.
The set includes four soft-as-a-baby's-bum brushes to help your makeup application all the more flawless: a foundation/primer, a foundation/buffer, a cream concealer, and a precision primer. Each one works to ensure that you'll ace your base products with ease, so you'll be blending and buffing like a pro in no time. So long, streaks.