Makeup Brushes... the Tools of the Trade

In the last 26 years I have seen it all. Meaning, makeup brushes in all shapes, sizes and unsightly conditions.

Have you ever seen a blush brush that has become flat? The hair has been pressed so flat it resembles a pancake. Don't laugh; there are those of you who are trying to put blush on with a flattened brush. If you are going to learn makeup tips and how to apply makeup flawlessly you need clean brushes.

Would you believe me if I told you dirty, abused makeup brushes cannot do the job? After all, you are trying to "create" a beauty application.

One additional thought... can a dirty washrag clean anything?

By now you should be getting my point. Dirty brushes filled with bacteria can cause skin breakouts and do not work.

Using a Makeup Brush

Taking Care of Your Makeup Brushes

Your brushes should be an investment that will pay dividends and last a lifetime when properly cared for.

Do not skimp on quality and take care of your brushes.

I recommend:

  • Make a solution of one half cup of water with some of your hair shampoo.
  • Swirl the brush in the solution until clean.
  • Rinse by holding only the brush hairs under the tap.
  • When thoroughly rinsed squeeze out excess water, shape and lay flat until dry (if you stand the brush up the water will drip through and weaken your handle).
  • A brush cleaner solution or alcohol put on a cloth is a good way to keep your brushes clean between washings. Apply solution to cloth and rub brush across the cloth to get off the majority of product.

Ensuring Quality Purchases...

Let's get back to quality. Here is my rule... you usually get what you pay for.

  • Purchase brushes for your makeup individually.
  • Unless you are a makeup guru, you do not need a case with fifteen brushes in it.
  • If you find a case with lots of brushes at a reduced price you are probably not getting quality unless the price of the case was up there to begin with.
  • There are no shortcuts to purchasing quality brushes.
  • Choose natural hair brushes rather than synthetic for applying powders, shadows and blush.
  • Synthetic brushes are used for applying wet products such as foundations, concealers or wet eyeliner.
  • When storing brushes use protective coverings to maintain their shape.
  • Standing brushes in a cup is also acceptable.
Makeup Brushes

"Must Have" Beauty Tools...

  • Brushes for the face
  • Brushes for the brows
  • Brushes for lining the eyes
  • Brushes for concealing
  • Brushes for applying eye shadow
  • Makeup accessories

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