Brushes 101 Part 1

7/21/2013 03:02:00 AM

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Image courtesy of http://www.teenvogue.com/blog/teen-vogue-daily/2010/08/makeup-brush-tips-from-makeup-artist-fiona-stiles.html


Makeup is like painting, and in this art brushes are commonly used. These instruments play a key role in getting the job done. It is often suggested not to rely on the cute and tiny ones that come with any given cosmetic piece, however choosing the right sweeper may be a tad tricky for the general majority.



Now that we have established an understanding on what a basic makeup kit should at least have (click here to check out that blog post), it’s time to learn about essential tools. I put together a list of brushes which I think are key pieces in any given kit. Tip: remove any excess color by swiping the brush to a clean tissue paper before dabbing it to another color.



Note: Not all brands may carry the items mentioned below.


 Image courtesy of http://www.thebeautylookbook.com/2009/07/day-2-of-beauty-tools-essentials-face.html

Large Powder Brush (Alternative: Kabuki Brush)
Applying powder after foundation sets the base and keeps it intact. This brush is best for that purpose. 

129 Powder/Blush Brush
 Image courtesy of http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/146/304/index.tmpl

Blush Brush
Use this when applying a powder type blush or a bronzer.

 
Image courtesy of http://www.wishtrend.com/314--mustaev-easygo-angled-contour-brush.html

Angled Contour Brush
This can be used for blushers and bronzers as well. But as the name suggests, it’s typically utilized for contouring - the shape makes application of products more precise.

 Image courtesy of http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/145/290/275-Medium-Angled-S/index.tmpl

Medium Angled Shading Brush
Although intended for applying and blending eye shadow, some people like this brush for concealer coating around the nose and eyes. I contour my nose with this piece.

 http://accidentalbeauty.com/makeup/makeup-tools/mac-eye-brush-overview/

Short Shader Brush
Great for packing color in the lids, this is a go-to for individuals who want to achieve smokey eyes. It works well in smoking out and smudging color in the lower lash line while preventing over blending in the crease.  

 
Image courtesy of http://delicatehummingbird.blogspot.com/2012/05/tom-ford-eye-shadow-blending-brush.html

Tapered Blending Brush/Blending Brush (Alternative: Dome/Eye Shader Brush)
Apply a soft base tone underneath the eyes, blend color or put a soft hint on the crease with it. I also find this brush helpful when contouring my nose.

 
Image courtesy of http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/makeup/mac-small-angle-brush/

Small Angle Brush
The flat shape and angled tip makes it perfect for lining, shading or shaping the eye and eyebrows. A smaller version of this brush extremely precise - ideal for gel liner application in the upper lash line. I find it useful when brightening the inner corners of my eyes.

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