Brushing up on Brushes

Brushes, I don’t need a bunch of makeup brushes, I have fingers!  My fingers work great at putting on my makeup.  Really?  Do you use your fingers to eat your cereal?  No, you use a spoon.  You use a knife to cut meat and fork to eat it.  Yes, your fingers are involved, but they are being used to hold a tool designed for the task at hand.  A Makeup brush is a tool designed for applying makeup 

Another reason not to use your fingers – wrinkles!  The face, especially around the eyes has some of the most sensitive skin on the body.  Pulling and tugging on this delicate skin can cause it to stretch and crease causing pre-mature wrinkles.

What are the benefits of using makeup Brushes?

  • Brushes are easier to control in small areas like eye, lashes, and lips.
  • Brushes allow for a more balanced and matching effect on eyes and cheeks
  • Detail work is much easier with small makeup brushes.
  • Well cared for brushes won’t contaminate your cosmetics like you figures can.
  • Investing in a good makeup brush can make less expensive makeup go on better.  While I don’t suggest you go into debt for a makeup brush.  I do think spending money on the five brushes you use the most is worth the investment.  If you don’t wear a lot of lipstick don’t get a lip brush.  If you wear minimum eyeshadow, pick maybe only one brush – I would recommend a round soft fluffy one .

What Brushes should I get?

There are a number of places to purchase good a quality brush and a number of sizes, colors, cost and purposes for each brush as well.  Here are some of the most common Bushes you should look for.

  • Powder – designed to dust loose or pressed powder over the face.  Average prices for a quality Powder Brush $35-$45.
  • Blush – Typically an angled brush with a wide set of soft hairs. The brush should pick up product easy and distribute it evenly.  Average prices for a quality Blush Brush $25-$35.
  • Eyes – there are several types of eye brushes.Dense, Rounded Brush for blending cream eye products;   Fluffy, Rounded Brush for applying and blending color;  Fluffy, Tapered Brush for applying color to the crease of the eye; Small, Tapered Blending-Brush for details work around the eye; Tapered, Duo-Fiber Blending-Brush for blending out eyes; Petite, Tapered Blending-Brush for blending eyeliner and wing-                  shaped looks;  Large, Domed Blending- Brush for blending out harsh edges.
  • Lip –  designed to give your wonderful control for a defined lip and great blend of color.
  • Sponges – while not a brush, a good sponge can go a long way.

But what about those amazing tools that come with the blush or eye shadows I buy at the drug store?  To be honest, I typically throw those little brush and sponge applicators into the trash.

Now that you have your brushes,  you’ll  need to learn how to take care of them?  Like all tools, they need to be cleaned and take care of properly.

Basic Brush Care

Keep your brushes in a container standing upright and ensure the bristles are not bent or misshaped while storing. If you purchased a set of brushes in a roll-up or makeup case that’s fine.  Just make sure the brush bristles are laying flat.

Don’t blow on your brushes, if you have too much product on the brush just tap it gently.  Blowing puts any germs, bacteria, and dirt on brush and makeup – yuck!

Clean your brushes on a regularly.

Like every tool, you use, it needs to be taken care of properly.  Makeup Brushes need regular cleaning. I clean my brushes after every use of cream, liquid, or gel products.

Here is a quick easy way to  clean your brushes at home:

Run lukewarm water over the bristles of the brushes.  Avoid the area where the bristles meet the handle, water can loosen the glue holding the brush together.

In a small bowl or container mix two parts antibacterial dish soap to one part of the extra-virgin olive oil.  Dip the damp brush into the soap mixture and coat it thoroughly.  In the palm of your hand, work the mixture into the bristles using circular motions.

Rinse with lukewarm water.  Keep repeating the cleaning and rinsing process until the water is running clean.

Use a cloth to wipe and draw excess moister from the brush, reshape the brush and lay it flat on the edge of a shelf or counter to dry with bristles hanging over the edge for air circulation.

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