When it comes to applying makeup, every woman has her own technique. Some hurriedly splash on the color in a fine-tuned and precise five-minute routine before work, while others may enjoy more of a relaxed makeup application style. Some women rely on makeup applicators, sponges, cotton swabs, and their own bare hands to create the masterpiece of a made-up face. Others may turn to a variety of makeup brushes to assist with the process.
Here is a general overview of a few of the main types of makeup brushes available as well as a few tips to help you choose makeup brushes that will be best suited for your needs.
Some points you may wish to consider before purchasing any makeup brushes:
– Are you a beginner or are you fairly skilled at applying makeup?
– Do you wear a lot of makeup or just in a few places (like mascara and lipgloss)?
– Do you want or need an entire set of makeup brushes or just one or two special kinds?
– Do you already have the makeup you wish to use with the makeup brushes or will you need to get some?
– Is the brush made from “cruelty free” animal hair? Do you prefer natural or synthetic bristles?
If you’d like to treat yourself to some environmentally friendly makeup brushes, consider the ecoTOOLS™ Bamboo 5-Piece Makeup Brush Set with its own carrying case or choose from a variety of ecoTOOLS makeup brushes. ecoTOOLS offers a bamboo eyeliner brush, bamboo eye shading brush, bamboo blush brush, and a bamboo powder brush that are all cruelty free and composed of natural and recycled materials.
Each ecoTOOLS brush features a sleek and comfortable bamboo handle and recycled aluminum ferrule component connecting the bristles to the handle. The bristles are made of synthetic Taklon and, of course, the bamboo is a highly renewable resource.
If you are a beginner, you may wish to start out with relatively inexpensive brushes until you get the hang of it. Your best bet to getting your feet wet at applying makeup with makeup brushes may be to visit your favorite department store’s makeup counter or to stop in to see your salon stylist for a makeup session.
Once you are ready to start shopping for your new makeup brushes, consider the type of makeup you’ll be applying. Here are some basic tips to help you choose makeup brushes that are best suited for you.
Blush Brush –
Blush brushes offer a nice shape for applying makeup. They may be tapered or angled, and typically feature a soft and somewhat fluffy set of bristles with a smooth and reasonably sized handle.
Eyeliner Brush –
Eyeliner brushes are long and thin, offering an angled set of bristles for precision in makeup application.
These types of makeup brushes allow you to define your eyes effectively and easily without any annoying pencil presses. The brush design is sleek and comfortable to use and the angled bristles form a super thin line for tracing around the lash line.
Consider the Sephora Brand Professionnel Platinum Angled Eyeliner Brush #23 with its angled tip for easier application or the Bare Escentuals Eyeliner Brush with an ultra fine tip.
Eye Shading Brush –
Eye shading brushes are great for highlighting the brow area for a lightened look or for blending colors on your eyelids. The brush is a little larger and thicker than an eyeliner brush but it still offers the same slender feeling and ease of use.
Powder Brush and Illuminating Powder Brush –
The fullest brush in the kit, powder brushes offer full coverage and soft, extra fluffy bristles. The soft bristles can effectively apply loose or pressed powder to the face, as well as illuminating powder or loose sparkly dust for a shimmer effect. Many women and professional makeup artists also choose to use Kabuki brushes to apply powder to the face.
Kabuki Brush –
Kabuki brushes are cute, short and stout makeup brushes that have bristles very similar to powder brushes. These brushes feature a short cylinder for a handle and a wide and puffy set of soft bristles. They are exactly what you would picture your stylist having in her makeup collection!
For a fun and flirty spin, try the adorable, itty bitty Tickled Pink Kabuki Brush from The Brush Company. It features ultra soft bristles and non-stop pink coloring, and a teeny size that’s perfect for stashing in your makeup kit or dropping in your purse when you’re on the go. If you are looking for a larger size, consider the Wet n Wild Kabuki Powder Brush. This brush features black and chrome coloring and a slightly larger
size – and it’s cruelty free, to boot!
Lip Brush –
Lip brushes are especially useful for reducing the amount of makeup we wear on our lips, and also for blending in lip liner. You can use a lip brush to apply lipstick as lip liner or you can simply apply lipstick as needed. Many lip brushes are retractable, offering women a small bit of product storage for a night’s worth of touch-ups.
Depending on your budget, you can find many makeup options available to you for every price point. For additional help in selecting and using makeup brushes, see your favorite stylist or visit the department store’s makeup counter for some great tips!
Editor’s Note: I’ve had the pleasure of testing out the ecoTOOLS products as well as the Tickled Pink Kabuki Brush and Wet n Wild Kabuki Brush. They all seem to be of excellent quality and especially easy to use.