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MAKEUP BRUSH BUYING GUIDE

When it comes to makeup brushes, there really is something for everything. Whether you want to create the perfect smokey eye or a gorgeous glowing base, the trick is all in the tools.

Shop Makeup Brushes

Face

Bronzer

For a good dusting of bronzer you need a large headed brush for a smooth and even application. Load your brush with powder, then gently tap on palm of hand to shake off excess before sweeping over the face.

Foundation

There are multiple foundation brushes for your base. Flat head brushes are paddle shaped, ensuring good pick-up of product and good surface area to diffuse product onto the skin. Angled brushes allow for slightly more precision with concealer too. A stippling brush is a large full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of face powder or foundation. It creates a flawless finish and can be used to create soft layers or add textures.

Powder

Set foundation with a powder brush. These are normally large and very soft to distribute powder evenly on the skin for a flawless, non-cakey finish. People with oilier skin should dust over the T-zone. A fan brush is extremely fine, designed for loose powder but also good for ridding skin of any extra product. It’s a multi-purpose brush so also works very well for highlighting and contouring.
 

Bronzer

Concealer

Foundation

Powder

Eyes

Eyeshadow

Blending brushes are tapered and soft to allow for product to cover and blend colours on the eyelid. The all-over eye brush makes applying colour really easy, no matter what look you’re after. A pencil brush is perfect for blending along the lash line, shading on the eyelids and the eye crease, it’s your go-to for smokey eyes!

Eyeliner

These can be shorter and tougher for applying heavier eyeliner, whereas a thin slanted brush means you can work product across the eye line with extra precision and build where necessary. Extra-fine tipped brushes ensure a precise, even stroke and can be used with liquid or cream products.
 

Eyeshadow

Eyeliner

Cheeks

Blusher

The most effective blush brush needs to be medium in size, slightly rounded and densely packed full of soft hair.

Cream Blusher

You might not think a cream blusher can be used with brushes but they're a perfect match. Start by using a rounded brush, formulated for liquid and cream consistencies and dab into the product, then apply your colour in a sweeping motion. Follow with a flat or angled brush to buff in the colour to really blend into the skin. You'll be left with dewy, rosy cheeks - perfect!

Contour

A contour brush is most easily recognised by its slanted brush head. This gives definition to the face when contouring cheekbones with bronzer, due to the concentrated product. Apply contour powder to the hollows of your cheeks, from the hairline to mid-way down your cheek (don’t forget to buff it in!).

Highlight

Always highlight the shadier parts of your face and enhance your features. That includes the brow bone, cupid’s bow and cheeks. A light fibre brush creates the ideal effect.
 

Blusher

Cream Blusher

Contour

Highlight

Lips

Lipstick is best applied using a brush. Work the brush into the stick to really pick up the colour and brush onto the lips from the middle outwards. Don’t forget to line them first! Retractable lip brushes are perfect for travelling too as they avoid any mess.

 

Makeup brush cleaner

It’s important that you clean your brushes at least once to twice a week. This not only rids product built into the brush but rids bacteria that would have made it’s way into your precious tools.

 

MAKEUP BRUSH BUYING GUIDE

When it comes to makeup brushes, there really is something for everything. Whether you want to create the perfect smokey eye or a gorgeous glowing base, the trick is all in the tools.

Shop Makeup Brushes

Face

-

+

Bronzer

For a good dusting of bronzer you need a large headed brush for a smooth and even application. Load your brush with powder, then gently tap on palm of hand to shake off excess before sweeping over the face.

Concealer

The flat head of a concealer brush evenly distributes your concealer to hide any imperfections. It is much more effective than using your fingers to apply.

Foundation

There are multiple foundation brushes for your base. Flat head brushes are paddle shaped, ensuring good pick-up of product and good surface area to diffuse product onto the skin. Angled brushes allow for slightly more precision with concealer too. A stippling brush is a large full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of face powder or foundation. It creates a flawless finish and can be used to create soft layers or add textures.

Powder

Set foundation with a powder brush. These are normally large and very soft to distribute powder evenly on the skin for a flawless, non-cakey finish. People with oilier skin should dust over the T-zone. A fan brush is extremely fine, designed for loose powder but also good for ridding skin of any extra product. It’s a multi-purpose brush so also works very well for highlighting and contouring.

Bronzer

Concealer

Foundation

Powder

Eyes

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-

Eyeshadow

Blending brushes are tapered and soft to allow for product to cover and blend colours on the eyelid. The all-over eye brush makes applying colour really easy, no matter what look you’re after. A pencil brush is perfect for blending along the lash line, shading on the eyelids and the eye crease, it’s your go-to for smokey eyes!

Eyeliner

These can be shorter and tougher for applying heavier eyeliner, whereas a thin slanted brush means you can work product across the eye line with extra precision and build where necessary. Extra-fine tipped brushes ensure a precise, even stroke and can be used with liquid or cream products.

Eyeshadow

Eyeliner

Cheeks

+

-

Blusher

For a good dusting of bronzer you need a large headed brush for a smooth and even application. Load your brush with powder, then gently tap on palm of hand to shake off excess before sweeping over the face.

Cream Blusher

You might not think a cream blusher can be used with brushes but they're a perfect match. Start by using a rounded brush, formulated for liquid and cream consistencies and dab into the product, then apply your colour in a sweeping motion. Follow with a flat or angled brush to buff in the colour to really blend into the skin. You'll be left with dewy, rosy cheeks - perfect!

Contour

A contour brush is most easily recognised by its slanted brush head. This gives definition to the face when contouring cheekbones with bronzer, due to the concentrated product. Apply contour powder to the hollows of your cheeks, from the hairline to mid-way down your cheek (don’t forget to buff it in!)

Highlight

Always highlight the shadier parts of your face and enhance your features. That includes the brow bone, cupid’s bow and cheeks. A light fibred brush creates the ideal effect.

Blusher

Cream Blusher

Contour

Highlight

Lips

+

-

Lipstick is best applied using a brush. Work the brush into the stick to really pick up the colour and brush onto the lips from the middle outwards. Don’t forget to line them first! Retractable lip brushes are perfect for travelling too as they avoid any mess.

Makeup brush cleaner

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-

It’s important that you clean your brushes at least once to twice a week. This not only rids product built into the brush but rids bacteria that would have made it’s way into your precious tools.