Brushes with Greatness
The five essential makeup brushes to have in your arsenal
it’s a smoky, sultry eye or a sun-kissed glow, to achieve any makeup
look you need the right tools for the task. Creating these strokes of
genius means knowing what types of brushes to use on different parts of
your face. Here, a guide to the five essential brushes your makeup bag
can’t live without.
The Powder Brush
A big fluffy, Kabuki-style brush is key for buffing and blending loose
powder or bronzer into the skin. The generous number of bristles
ensures equal opportunity coverage. A short handle makes it easy to
control and handy to stash in your purse. You can also use it to brush
on a little shimmer on other areas of your body, like the
décolletage. Try: Japonesque Professional Bronzer Brush.
The Blush Brush
The secret behind a
natural flush is all in the brush. Angled bristles cradle the
cheekbones in just the right spot so color blends outward seamlessly
and won’t be too concentrated in one area. Try: ULTA Professional Contour Blush Brush.
The Eye Shadow Brush
foundation for your eye shadow look is all about choosing a brush that
covers the whole lid but isn’t so big that it overpowers your entire
eye. Bristles should be soft and ample so shadow goes on evenly and
feels gentle on your delicate lids. Try: Benefit Cosmetics Fluff Shadow Brush.
The Crease Brush
To define the area
between the top lid and the brow bone, otherwise known as the crease,
choose a brush with a tapered, narrow head, which makes it easy to go
over this small area. The shape helps to shade and contour with
precision. Try: ULTA Eyeshadow Brush #2.
The Eyeliner Brush
Any powder shadow
is instantly transformed into eyeliner when you use a firm, angled
brush. With this tiny tool, you can apply color to the upper and lower
lash lines by lightly pressing bristles to the skin. The angled brush
head helps control the application. For a more intense look, wet the
brush before applying shadow. Try: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Angled Liner/Shadow Brush.