How To Use the Right Brushes For Everyday Makeup
Where would we be without makeup brushes!? There are so many on the market, it's hard to know which ones to choose and for which application—let alone how to care for them. Things can get a bit confusing and tricky... you've got selection, application and maintenance. It may leave you wondering if you're doing things the right way—and let me tell you, you're not alone. This is why I've assembled some of my favorite brushes with short explanations on how to use them!
Makeup Brushes: How to Choose & Use Them
Made of dermatologically tested synthetic fibers, this foldable lip brush is compact, sleek and a breeze to carry along with you in your makeup bag! It's incredibly easy to use and it's a great way to help define your lips with beautiful color! Of course, there's never any stinginess for the elegance factor with Kjaer Weis, and this lip brush comes with a cap that's necessary for keeping the bristles clean and safe.
HOW TO USE: Apply lip liner and use lip brush to blend it out for a less harsh look. For lipstick or lip tint, start with dabbing the lip brush into the product and begin to blend from the center of your lips outward, toward your lip line. To get a clean finish, use the tip of the brush to define the lip lines at the bows and corners. Cheating the shape of your lips with this brush is easy! ;)
If you're not into using your fingers to apply Kjaer Weis' Cream Blush (seen here, "Precious"), then you will love this brush, created as an alternative to the finger-application. It's a wonderful brush for covering large areas of the face (I even use this for foundation) and it blends makeup beautifully. Some other upsides: it's vegan and has dermatologically tested hypoallergenic synthetic fibers, so it's soft and incredibly gentle on your skin.
HOW TO USE: Gently swipe the brush into your cream blush or foundation. Apply it by dabbing it on and sweeping outward to blend.
This soft-haired brush is amazing for applying larger sweeps of eyeshadow. It's perfect for blending and is amazing at capturing/depositing the pigment in the shadow color. Like all the Kjaer Weis brushes, it's vegan and it has dermatologically tested hypoallergenic synthetic fibers.
HOW TO USE: Dab brush into some eye shadow and sweep from the inside of the eye outwards. You can pack on shadow as needed for a more dramatic look.
Versatile, with premium Taklon nylon-hair, this brush fits the eye shape perfectly making it perfect for easy contouring, highlighting and blending. This brush is also cruelty free!
HOW TO USE: Swirl brush into some eye shadow. Gently tap handle to remove excess. You can use this brush to apply darker colors in your crease, and/or lighter colors just under brow bone or inner corners of eyes.
Tapered angle brushes are the best and can work in two very convenient ways. First, you can use it to apply a gel-based eyeliner to create a perfectly lined or cat-eye. Second, by dipping your brush in water before applying, you can achieve a strong eyeliner look. I also love this brush because it can be used for eyebrows too (if you fancy)! Eye-lining and brow defining will be a breeze with this premium, cruelty free Taklon nylon hair brush.
HOW TO USE: Dab into eyeshadow or brow product, line and define.
This brush is going to be a smokey eye's best friend! It's perfect for precise application and blends eye shadows and eyeliners in smaller areas. The incredibly soft and smooth fibers of this brush are gathered into a pencil-shaped tip, making it perfect for the eye crease area and along the lash line. (Shadow Palette seen in photo above: Hynt Beauty Sweet Mulberry.)
HOW TO USE: First, apply your eyeliner or shadow at the root of the lashes. Then, use brush to smudge. Voila!
We'd love to hear how you're using your brushes and which ones are your favorite! Let us know in the comments.