Hello Lovelies!! We’ve talked about quite a bit when it comes to makeup and how to apply it, but we haven’t addressed what we use to apply our makeup. Let’s be honest, some tools that we use are based on our personal preference and some tools we may use because we are not sure what to use. Just like there are a plethora of makeup brands available to us, there are also a plethora of makeup brushes available to us. I’m going to cover a few different things about brushes and sponges.
Just like makeup, there are very expensive brushes, some not so expensive brushes and some brushes that are down right cheap ( in price and quality). I personally own a little bit of everything (except for cheap quality brushes, they can shed and lose their fibers in use) and believe it or not one of my most favorite blending brushes for the eyes came from Sally’s beauty supply some 5+ years ago. It hasn’t shed one fiber, it is still soft and fluffy, picks up product well and I love it!
In my opinion, here’s what I think you need. Brushes for eyes: which include crease brushes, small and large, angled eyeliner brush, all over eye brush, smudge brush and a lash/brow brush (spoolie).
Brushes for face: foundation brush, beauty blender, concealer brush, angled blush brush, powder brush, fan brush, kabuki brush and a highlight and contour brush.
Brushes for lips: Lip brush
One face brush that I did not include is a stippling brush. I own stippling brushes and I know it’s claim to fame is flawless application of liquid foundation, but that’s not my preferred use for it. I personally use mine, if and when I use it, to blend my illuminator with my blush if the application is uneven or too heavy for daily wear.
Types of brushes: Yes, I said types of brushes, referring to the bristles of the brushes. Let’s start with the fact that there are synthetic and natural bristle brushes. Synthetic brushes are typically made from nylon and/or polyester fibers. Synthetic brushes are preferably used for liquid and cream products because they don’t trap makeup.
Natural brushes are made from various animals such as goat, raccoon, squirrel and mink to name a few types of fibers. Natural brushes are great for powder based makeup. Side note: If you’ve never paid attention to what type of bristles are in the brushes that you use and you feel they work well, by all means keep using them! If I’ve stirred up your interest, purchase one or two of the types of brushes that you do not own and give it a try.
Last, but not least, the infamous beauty blender. The O.G. original gangster, “rubber sponge” has evolved. There are oval shaped blenders, blenders with flat sides, squatty round blenders, tiny blenders, charcoal blenders…you get my point. Some blenders feel softer in texture almost like a foam consistency. Beauty blenders can be used damp or dry. If used properly, beauty blenders help create a flawless, seamless application erasing harsh lines with wet products and removes excess dry product. Using a beauty blender in my opinion is a matter of personal preference. It’s my opinion that flawless makeup application is truly is a skill developed over time, with hard work and practice along with a touch of God’s goodness!
As always, remember, You are altogether beautiful!