Posted on 13 April 2012
There are so many brushes on the market that it is sometimes difficult to choose from all of them. Which characteristics should we consider when choosing the right brushes?
Here are the essential brushes to have in your makeup bag and some of their characteristics. All these brushes are made from natural hair and have a lifespan of five to ten years.
1. Foundation brush – #113 ($30)
This brush applies and blends liquid or cream foundations.
2. Angled rouge brush – #102 ($28)
This brush allows you to obtain naturally sculpted cheeks.
3. Powder brush – #110 ($28) This brush is great because it can be used for loose and pressed powder as well as bronzing and colouring; a very practical touch-up brush!
4. Concealment brush – #114 ($15)
This brush covers all that needs to be hidden, with great accuracy.
5. Standard eye shadow brush – #103 ($18)
This brush allows you to evenly distribute eye shadow.
6. Fluffy eye shadow brush – #106 ($16)
This brush is most effective for a blending preparation. It allows you to get that ‘smokey eye’ effect.
7. Angled eye shadow brush- #104 ($16)
This brush is great when you need that ‘precise’ effect.
All these brush are sold at Faces.
Quality brushes require quality treatment. Therefore regularly maintain your brushes by cleaning them. While good brushes are sometimes expensive, here is a cleansing formula that not only saves you money on cleaning, but also helps stretch the life of your original investment.
As time goes on, your brushes tend to accumulate makeup, natural facial oils and dead skin. This creates an environment for bacteria. That is why regularly cleaning your brushes is so important. By doing this, not only do you keep your skin clean but you will also extend the life of your brushes. You ahould clean your brushes at least once a month.
1. You will need :
- The brush you desire to clean
- Antibacterial dishwashing liquid
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Small plate
- Cup or glass
- Strip of paper towel
2. Mix together some dish washing soap and some extra virgin olive oil on a plate. The soap will eliminate bacteria and colour residues. As for the olive oil, it will rehydrate your brush.
3, 4 & 5. Lather the dish washing soap and the extra virgin olive oil.
6. Rinse with warm water.
7. Squeeze the brush thoroughly to take out all the residue.
8. Tap the brush against the paper towel.
9. Put the brush upside down in your cup. By doing this, you will avoid the water going down the handle. Damage happens when the water gets into contact with the glue that holds the bristles.