Types of Brushes:
Liquid Foundation Brush:
Use this brush to apply liquid foundation onto your face. You can either pour a small amount of foundation onto the back of your hand or onto your fingertips. Then, with the brush apply foundation to the center of your face, cheeks, chin, and forehead and sweep outwards toward your hairline. Make sure to apply under your jawline as well to avoid harsh lines.
You can also use this tool to apply liquid foundation. You can create a more even and sheer look if you dampen the blender with water to dab on foundation.
Gently use this brush to apply powder evenly across your face. Diffuse loose powders for a less concentrated color that won’t smudge your foundation.
Angled Blush Brush:
In a circular motion, use this brush to apply blush onto the apples of your cheeks and then hold it at an angle and glide it along your cheekbones for depth.
This brush is ideal for bronzers and contouring. To create sharper angles, use this brush to sweep bronzer along your temple, hairline, cheekbones, and jawline in a “3” shape.
This brush will help you pat concealer on blemishes and under-eye creases. Use the rounded edge of the brush to get into tricky nooks around your eyes and nose.
Eye Shadow Brush:
Use this brush to pick up and apply eye shadow across your eyelids in a windshield-wiper motion.
Eye Shadow Blending Brush:
Perfect for creating smoky eyes; use this brush to create a soft and blended look by holding the tip of the handle and swirling the brush in circular motions in the crease of your eyes.
Angled Eyeliner Brush:
If you use cream or gel eyeliner, this is the brush you need. After dipping it in the cream or gel, hold the brush at an angle and apply from the inside corner of your eye out along the lash line.
If any eye shadow has fallen from your eyelids to your under-eye area, use this brush to sweep it away. You can also use it to apply powder, highlighter, bronzer, and blush to create a precise and sheer look.
Use the comb side to gently separate clumpy lashes, remove excess mascara, and to smooth messy eyebrows. Use the brush side to tame thick and disheveled eyebrows and to help diffuse excess brow filler.
Cleaning the Brushes:
Step 1: Wet the Bristles
Wet the brush bristles facing down in lukewarm water to rinse off loose makeup. Try to keep the water running below the handle of the brush because water can loosen the glue that holds the bristles in tact. Make sure to not use super hot water because this can damage the bristles.
Step 2: Gently Massage in Soap
Many makeup stores advertise brush shampoos, which work great, but you can also use products you might already have around the house like baby shampoo or a gentle foaming cleanser. A nickel-sized amount drop is sufficient for each brush. Swirl the brush in the palm of your hand with the soap or shampoo until it creates a rich lather. Continue the lather until you feel that you have loosened all of the leftover makeup from the brush. You can rinse and repeat this step until you see that all of the makeup has been cleaned out.
Step 3: Rinse
Rinse the brush head under lukewarm water to remove all soap/shampoo. Squeeze the excess water out of the brush by pulling it in between your thumb and the side of your index finger. Again, avoid getting the brush handle wet. Once the water runs clear, you can move onto step 4.
Step 4: Pat the Bristles Dry
Using a washcloth or paper towel, remove some of the moisture. Fold it around the wet bristles and gently squeeze with your fingers to remove excess water.
Step 5: Reshape the Bristles
If your bristles became crooked while you cleaned them, you will need to reshape them. Use your fingers to straighten, spread, and pull the bristles back into their original shape.
Step 6: Let Your Brushes Dry
Do not dry your brushes in an upright position because this can get water trapped inside the base of the brush, which can dissolve the glue that’s holding the bristles in place. Also, don’t lay them on a towel because this can cause mildew. Instead, set the brushes down on a counter and have the bristle part hang over the edge. Try to have them dry in a well ventilated area, not in your bathroom, because places without air-flow can also cause mildew.
Step 7: Re-Fluff Your Brushes
Once your brushes are completely dry, fluff the bristles with your fingers to get them looking and feeling brand-new again. Now your makeup brushes are clean and ready for use.
Step 8: Keeping Your Brushes Clean
Cleaning your brushes can be annoying and time consuming but it’s an absolute necessity if you have any hopes of keeping your skin clear. Make sure you follow these tips to keep your brushes as clean as they can be.
- Clean natural-hair brushes weekly. Natural-hair brushes are typically what you would use for your powder products like bronzer, contouring powder, and eye shadow.
- Clean synthetic brushes every other day. These brushes are used to apply cream and water-based makeup such as cream blush, foundation, and liquid or gel eyeliner.
- Do not use a hair dryer or flat iron to dry or smoothen your brushes. The intense heat will ruin the fibers even if the brush is made from natural hair.
- Make sure to store your brushes properly. Once your brushes are dry, store them upright in a cup or down on their side. Storing them pointing down can cause the bristles to become crooked.
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