You’ve heard it before that a tradesman is only as good as his tools. Well, the same can be said about applying makeup. It doesn’t matter if you’ve spent a little or a lot on your makeup, it can look like a total mess if your applying it with the wrong tools. So what brushes does the average woman need to apply her daily makeup? Well the answer is “how long is a piece of string?”, but let’s just start off with the basics shall we:
- A fountain brush. I love ones that are shaped like a dome as opposed to the ones that look like paint brushes. The aim with the foundation is to push or buff the foundation into the skin with light pressing and small circular motions, you want your skin and the foundation to come together as one in order to get the most natural finish.
BUY: Crown Brush, C439 Rounded Deluxe Buffer, $24.90, www.crownbrush.com.au
- A large powder brush. The bigger and fluffier the better.
BUY: Real Techniques, Your Base Flawless Powder Brush, $20.99 www.priceline.com.au
- A cheek brush. Most people apply blush and bronzer with a brush that is too small leaving you with a patchy or dirty looking face. A medium sized face brush that is fluffy and soft will do the trick. The fluffier the brush the easier it is to get a seamless blend of your bronzer and blush, soft sweeping motions on your cheeks (blush), under the cheekbones and around the hairline (bronzer) will give you a more natural look than applying blush to your cheeks alone.
BUY: Real Techniques, Your Finish Perfected Blush Brush, $18.74, www.priceline.com.au
- An angled brush. This is a MUST HAVE as it is a truly multipurpose brush. It can be used on the eyebrows with either powder or brow pomade, it can be used with a gel liner to achieve the perfect winged liner, and it can also be used to apply eyeshadow closely to your bottom eyelashes.
BUY: Zoeva, 317 Wingliner Screen Queen Brush, $15.00, www.sephora.com.au
- Fluffy blending brush – As I said before, the fluffier the brush the easier it is to blend. Windscreen wiper motions along the crease with matte eyeshadow will give your eye makeup a beautifully blended look. This brush can also be used to to set your under eyes concealer with translucent powder (just be sure to use brush cleaner to make sure there is no eyeshadow left on it).
BUY: Crown Brush, C529 Pro Jumbo Blending Crease, $13.30, www.crownbrush.com.au
- Your fingers. You were given 10 of these magical tools and they do a great job of applying certain makeup. I find shimmery or foiled eyeshadow is best applied with your finger to the eyelid. Also dabbing concealer gently with your ring finger (as this is your finger with the weakest pressure) under the eye gives a beautiful finish.
BUY: FREE from what your mumma gave you!
Invest in some good tools and watch your makeup game get stronger. Remember to have fun with it, the more you practice the better you’ll become. And if all else fails (like many winged liner attempts do) you can just wipe it off and start again.
Happy painting dolls.