Published on October 26th, 2016 | by Yashodhara Ghosh
5 Must-have makeup brushes
Slathering on foundation with your fingers can be messy and the results leave much to be desired. Give those fingers some hard-earned rest and try foundation brushes – chances are you’ll never go back. Whether its primer, liquid foundation, cream base, or even tinted moisturizer, nothing spreads out your base make-up better than these flat, wide brushes, giving you perfect coverage and a flawless appearance. Use the brush with wide sweeps to spread foundation outward to either side of your nose. Use the tapering edge of the brush to reach into tricky corners. Use a blending brush to blend out any obvious make-up lines or streaks that are left behind.
Now anyone who knows anything about the fine art of applying make-up will tell you that the trick lies not just in choosing the shades and tones that complement each other, but in making them merge and blend harmoniously into one another, highlighting your features without making your face look like a well-used palette. For this, a blending brush is indispensable. Use it to diffuse concealer and camouflage your dark circles or other tell-tale patches. Use it blend in sharp edges of make-up or lines and angles that are too visible – whether its blush-on, eye shadow or foundation. These fluffy brushes with their characteristic tapered shape have the additional advantage of being as soft as a cat’s furry paw – could put you to sleep after a hard day’s work!
These are the most easily identifiable, thanks to their unique shape. They are ideal for application of eye make-up: contouring or highlighting your brow bone, or even blending in eye-brow color after you stipple it in. It actually works better than regular eye-liner brushes when you want to achieve that perfect ‘wing’-ed line of eye liner. You can also use them to line your lips or etch out a whole new daring lip line or a cupid’s bow. It adds a clean, precise line and its angular shape helps add color on to the contours of your countenance. While picking out your brush, make sure it is firm but not stiff enough to abrade or inflame your skin.
How do you identify them? Well, take one look and you’ll never forget! These flat-topped, dark coloured trapezoid brushes always have a top-most layer of white fibres – reminiscent of a skunk’s fur! Stippling brushes are known for giving high-definition ‘airbrushed’ or ‘sprayed on’ results as you use them not to spread, but to ‘pat on’ or ‘press in’ make-up, in little dots. It is ideal for application of products like bronzer, crème and powder blushes, foundation, finishing powder and highlighter, especially when you want to use them in high concentration. Remember to pat (or fleck) make-up instead of swirling it when using this brush, to get best results. You could use a light touch of a blending brush later to even out sharp edges.
If you want that hint of alluring shine and shimmer when you step out for the night, a dome brush will help you achieve it with some bronzer. Use it to contour, highlight your cheekbones or chin to get the best out of your bone structure. Their tapered shape helps spread pigment in a smooth and seamless manner.
FAB BAG PICKS
Geri G. Blending Cheek & Eye Duo : Be Bashful. Be glowing. Mixing and blending is the key to natural looking makeup. The beauty of the blending duos is that they can be worn together or on their own. The matte pigment is slightly more intense but works as a luxurious veil of color on the skin. The shimmer shade is perfect for soft sculpting and a gorgeous glow. CLICK HERE to view product
Palladio Rice Powder : Rice Powder has been used for generations and is known for its oil-absorbing properties. Known for its ability to help makeup last longer and leave a silky finish on the skin, Rice Powder can be used alone or to set makeup. CLICK HERE to view product