Let’s talk about make-up brushes.
I firmly believe that a good make-up brush makes a ton of difference in how your face looks. A good brush blends better, picks up more eyeshadow without scattering it all over, and makes your powder or foundation look nice and flawless.
However–good brushes can get kind of expensive, and it’s hard to decide which ones you really NEED.
I have found that it’s always good to start with basic set, and add a few to it depending on your normal make-up ritual. Some people prefer to apply lipstick or lip gloss with a brush (I don’t) or use a brush to apply eyeshadow as eyeliner (I don’t) or use fancy contouring brushes when applying layers of eyeshadow (I do). So those are the types of brushes you might add to a basic set.
For a good set of reasonably priced brushes, you really can’t go wrong with Sephora brand.
They have a bunch of options and most of them are in the $40 – $60 range, which isn’t bad for a quality set.
A few extras you might like to add are:
An angled brush for liquid, cream, or powdered liner.
And a nice big Kabuki brush for applying bronzer. I love this retractable Too Faced one, the bristles are soft and it’s great quality.
To extend the life of your brushes, you need to wash them once a week. It sounds like a total pain,but it’s really not…and it makes a huge difference. Do you know how much old make-up gets caked in those things if you don’t wash them?
To wash your brushes:
1. Get your brushes, a bottle of baby shampoo, and lay a clean towel out on your counter.
2. Working one at a time, rinse your brush thoroughly, making sure to get in all the bristles and not just the outside surface.
3. Squirt a blob of shampoo in your hand and lather it. Work the lather into your brush.
4. Rinse the brush until the water runs clean, and lay it on the towel to dry.
Any time I do this in the morning, my brushes are dry by the evening…and much softer too!
Do you use make-up brushes? Which ones are your “can’t live withouts”?