The Essential Makeup Brush Guide


Makeup can be so much more than something you slap on to cover blemishes! It can also be a creative piece of artistry that you work your magic on! And while your face is your canvas, like any artist, you absolutely need the right tools to get the results that you really want. And your makeup brushes are your tools in this case! Using good makeup brushes makes ALL the difference to your makeup application, blending and result. It’s worth investing in some good-quality brushes, as well as reading up on which ones to use, and when!

Synthetic Fiber

When it comes to makeup brushes, both natural and synthetic brush fibers have their place. Synthetic brushes are usually made from nylon or polyester or a combination of synthetic materials. These are perfect for applying liquid makeup without any streaking. So, perfect for foundation, highlighters and concealers.

Natural Fiber

Natural fibers have cuticles, and therefore work super-well at absorbing and distributing pigments in powder makeup effectively. Examples are powder, eyeshadow, bronzer and blush. Natural makeup brushes are made from animal hair such as goat, squirrel or sable. They don’t have to harm animals to get shed hair but be sure to ask your supplier how the hair was sourced so you can feel confident that ethical methods are used!

Keeping it clean!

Just like a painter, you need to keep your tools in great condition, and makeup brushes do need to be washed, ideally once a week, or they will become stiff and ineffective, or even cause breakouts on your skin. I love using castile soap as it’s gentle. Lather up the brush, make sure you distribute the soap in between bristles and rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear. Easy!

Some fabulous, high-quality brushes:

For a gorgeous blush designed for powders, try the Jane Iredale Kabuki Brush that is designed for applying pressed or loose mineral foundations. It dusts just the right amount of product on face, provides incredible makeup effect, and is hand-crafted with ultra-soft bristles and gentle to skin.

Jane Iredale Kabuki Brush

bareMinerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush perfectly conceals broken capillaries, scars and blemishes with its soft bristles, which givs you fuller, more concentrated coverage. Use patting technique to cover imperfections before or after applying your foundation and get maximum coverage that blends completely and doesn’t leave a line.

bareMinerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush

To sculpt and contour with precision, use Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Brush 04. Made with synthetic hair, it helps to highlight or shade the face to achieve symmetry without creating streaks or unnatural lines. The handle is designed for true comfort and balance.

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Brush 04

And now we have some tools sorted, I’m excited to go through some more art supplies with you next when we introduce the gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana Makeup range on COSME-DE!

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