Women often dream about wearing a celebrity makeup look that they’ve seen on a popular model or actress. Perhaps it is the starlet’s smoky eyes, bronzed glow or perfect pout that is most admired by the public. So, what is the best way to get the look? Professional makeup brushes of course. Make up artists have enlisted the use of professional cosmetic brushes to create many of the glamorous faces we see on today’s runways and in magazine spreads.
The thought of using professional makeup brushes can seem rather daunting to some. It is not uncommon for women to be confused about which cosmetic brushes they should use to achieve their dream look. Answers to these questions and more are now at your finger tips in this guide to Professional Makeup Brushes 101. Just remember what each of these brushes are designed to do, then making up won’t be difficult for you.
Long Hair Brushes
Long hair brushes are designed to distribute powders and colors in a well-blended manner. A rule of thumb to remember is the longer the brush hair, the more dispersed the colors will be. Long hair brushes neutralize intense shadow colors and create a softer appearance in blush, face and bronzer powders.
The best brush tools for softening and distributing colors are:
- The Domed Powder Brush for Loose Powders and Bronzers
- Angled Blush Brush for perfect application of blushers and bronzers along cheek bones, jaw line and temples and,
- Shadow Fluff Brush to soften intense eye shadow colors on the lids
Short Hair Brushes
Short hair brushes tend to apply powder colors in a concentrated manner. The shorter the brush hair, the more intense the color application will be. When applying this season’s bright shadows or rich deep shades, less is more when using a shorter hair brush.
If a richly shadowed eye is the desired look for contouring and smoky emphasis, then a short hair makeup brush is the perfect tool for the job. Consider using the Angled Chiseled Fluff Brush or Chiseled Fluff Brush.
Synthetic Hair Brush
Synthetic hair brushes should be used for oil-based cosmetic formulas like lipstick, lipgloss and creme concealer. Synthetic hair brushes are often thin, pointed and perfect for detailed applications.
The Contoured Lip Brush can be used to draw a precision outline around the mouth or to accurately apply creme concealer in the narrow corners of the eyes.
Angled brushes assist make up wearers with the precision they need to skillfully place cosmetics onto difficult areas. For example, the short hair Angled Brow Brush allows users to create perfectly sculpted eyebrows with just a few dabs of powder.
The Angled Brow Brush can also turn eye shadow into eyeliner when the tip of the brush is moistened, dragged through the shadow then stroked along the lash line.
The long hair Angled Blush Brush helps make up wearers easily find their cheekbones with well placed, mildly accentuated color.
Dab, Don’t Stroke
Finally, control of application is important when wearing loose powders and intense shadow pigments. Be sure to dab professional makeup brushes onto cosmetic powders then shake off any residue before applying it to the face.
Brushes that contain too much product will deposit excessive color onto the skin and create an exaggerated appearance. Sampling colors on the inside of the arm is also an easy way to test-drive shades before committing to a complete make up look.