BEAUTY BRUSHES 101
Everything you need to know about makeup brushes, but didn’t know who to ask. Don’t worry we’re here to help, just keep reading…
THEY ARE DIFFERENT SHAPES & SIZES FOR A REASON!
Pic credits: Black & gold Ultimate brush set R230, Forever 21
The long, fluffy bristles evenly diffuse loose powders. Alternate use: Sweep blush from the apples of your cheeks along your cheekbones.
Their slanted bristles make it easier to apply products perfectly to your cheekbones. Alternate use: Apply contour powder (two shades darker than your skin tone) below your cheekbones to emphasize your natural contours. Clever!
3. LASH & BROW COMB & BRUSH
Use this duo to comb, tame, and de-clump your lashes and brows. The comb: Gently comb through to separate clumpy lashes, remove excess mascara and smooth messy brows. The brush: brush up and out to tame unruly brows and diffuse intense “filled-in” brow lines. Alternate use: Smudge eyeliner gently with the brush bristles.
This brush easily lines lashes with cream or gel liner or shadow. Dip in cream or gel liner or shadow, hold the brush at an angle so the bristles are flush with your lash line and drag from the inside corner of your eye along the lash line. Alternate use: Fill in and define sparse brows with brow powder.
Use this brush to soften eyeliner for a smoky, sultry look. Alternate use: Target areas around the eye, such as the iinner and outer corners and the brow bone, when applying intense pigment.
This brush is used to apply a lipstick or a lip-gloss evenly on to the lips. In most cases, the use of a lip brush is often neglected. This is mostly because we all find it easy to apply a lipstick directly from the tube, unless dealing with a lip colour in a pan, pot or a palette.
The question… do you need a lip brush? If you have tried applying a full coverage red or purple or bright fuchsia lipstick, you would probably understand the need of having a lip brush. We are sure that once you uncover the lip brush’s benefit, you wouldn’t be able to resist buying more than one lip brush.
KEEPING THINGS CLEAN
Pic credits: Medium holographic bag R79.95, Clicks and assortment of brushes from Real Technique, Claire’s & Forever 21
Makeup brushes are not getting cleaned the way they should be (or at all, ewwwww… bacteria!). Here’s how to get those brushes clean:
1. Soap. Water. Dry. Done.
The preferred method for brushes and Beauty Blenders, because #easy, but you can’t just squeeze any ol’ soap on your precious brushes—you need to either the gentlest of antibacterial soaps, or none. If you use just any generic soap you will pay for it with watching the bristles of your brushes gradually dry out and fall apart. Fail!
2. Baby shampoo
Hey, if baby shampoo works for the world’s most-sensitive, delicate creatures, then it’s definitely going to work for your makeup brushes. The upside to using baby shampoo over regular dish soap is that it conditions your brushs’ bristles while removing gunk, without any stiff, starchy residue. The downside is that you won’t get the same bacteria-killing benefits, which may be a deal-breaker for some.
But whether you opt for number 1 or 2… just do it! Clean. Your. Brushes.
Pic credits: ‘I have it all’ bag R100, Forever 21. Brushes left to right, powder bronzer brush R230, Claire’s, wooden brush set R169, Forever 21 & Real Techniques triangle foundation brush R400, Clicks.