I was looking up information about makeup brushes when I stumbled upon this great site on make-up tips. Very useful tips they have, and here are some relevant ones I’ve learnt about brushes.
Natural or synthetic brush
Natural bristled brushes are best as they are soft to the touch and are most effective for applying powder blush, face powder, eyeshadow or lipstick. Synthetic brushes, which are much more affordable and are often more durable and harder to damage are best reserved for eyeshadow base, cream eyeshadows, and concealers.
Brush for natural looking makeup
Makeup application with brushes looks much more natural than fingers or tiny applicators alone. Use a large, puffy brush for loose powder application. Use a blush brush for blush and have at least two different sized shadow brushes, preferrably one large for all over color and blending and one smaller for the crease and lower lid.
Using a hard, stiff, short brush and working with colours instead of pencil is better for getting a natural eyebrow shape.
Using a large, flat eyeshadow brush, apply a light shadow color over your entire eyelid from lash line to brow. Next, using a fluff brush, apply a medium shadow color on your lid from the lash line to the crease. Finally, dampen your eyeliner brush and use your darkest color as a liner along your lash line.
Holding the brush
Don’t hold the brush like a pencil. Instead, hold it between the thumb and forefinger for effective strokes.
Storage of the brush
Brushes should be stored with their bristles up to prevent them from getting out of shape.
Cleaning the brush
The key to application is maintaining good, clean brushes to get rid of dirt and oil residue. To properly clean your brushes, rinse them under lukewarm water and massage the brushes with a bit of baby shampoo. Rinse, wring out any excess water, then leave to dry on a flat, clean, dry surface.
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