Brushes are one of the most fabulous cosmetic investments you can make. I myself never used to believe in brushes. I used to use those terrible sponges-on-a-stick. -shudder-
At any rate I'd like to go over some basic brush types and their many uses.
First rule: Don't limit yourself!
Just because a brush says "Bronzer" on it, doesn't mean you can't use it for more than that!!
There are two types of materials the bristles of a brush are made out of. Synthetic hair, or natural hair (so if you're allergy prone you may want to avoid the natural bristled brushes, or if you're anti 'cruelty'). Some brushes are a blend of synthetic and natural bristles.
In general the synthetic hair brushes are used for cream products like foundation, cream blush, cream eyeshadow, etc. The reason behind this is synthetic bristles do not absorb a creamy product like natural hairs will, making for an easier application. Natural hair brushes are used for powders like pressed eye shadows, loose eye shadow, loose foundation and brow powder. However, don't forget the first rule!
Powder, bronzer, blush, contour, buffer, etc. I don't own all the different types of face brushes, but I can certainly go over what I do have ;)
The MAC 187 SE
The SE just stands for Special Edition, which in this case means that it came in a holiday brush kit and has a short handle as opposed to MAC's longer handles. MAC doesn't name their brushes really, they assign numbers to them. This brush is a blend of synthetic fibres and natural fibres (The white fibres are synthetic and the black are natural). It's a loosely packed brush, which means that the bristles aren't bound together tightly, as you can see in the photo. It's very soft and has many uses.
- Light blush application
- Foundation application
- Soft layering of products
Sonia Kashuk Long Handled Kabuki, BareMinerals Mini Kabuki
Kabuki brushes are typically short handled like my miniature kabuki by BareMinerals. But I purchased my long handled kabuki-style Sonia Kashuk brush a couple of Octobers ago for breast cancer awareness month (I'm a sucker for pink).
|Sorry, it's a wee bit dirty|
The MAC 168 SE, BareMinerals Angled Blush, and Sonia Kashuk Blush Brush
My MAC blush brush and my BareMinerals brush are angled brushes. These allow for maximum ease for cheek contouring. These brushes are packed rather tightly and are made from natural hairs. These can be used for blusher and contour. I mostly use them for applying blush.
|Left: Sonia Kashuk Right: MAC 168|
I know that brushes are very pricey, but if you maintain them properly they should last you years to come. The Sonia Kashuk brushes I featured in this post I purchased from Target. These brushes are very good quality, and affordable. http://www.target.com/s?keywords=sonia+kashuk+brush&searchNodeID=1038576%7C1287991011&ref=sr_bx_1_1
Stay tuned for part two of Weapons of mass creation!! I'll be covering eye brushes.