For years, I applied my makeup with my fingers or with whatever applicator came with the package and I didn’t think twice about it. I sometimes wondered why some other women’s makeup looked much more polished than mine, but couldn’t figure out why. Two years ago, my then 17-year-old daughter began using makeup brushes. Her makeup often looked flawless. It was then that I realized the importance of these often overlooked tools. I bought a set and then watched YouTube videos to try to figure out what to do with them! With practice, I finally got the hang of it. I didn’t notice a real difference the first time I used the brushes. However, my colleagues did. I remember the “oohs” and “ahs” I got when I walked in the office and how multiple people asked, “Where did you get your face done?” Was it possible that use of the brushes made that much of a difference? Yes! Today, I would dare not apply makeup without my brushes. Further, I now have a brush for everything…eye shadow, eye liner, foundation, blush, powder…you name it!
Using the brushes limits messiness; no more messy fingers. It allows me to build coverage to my desire. I start with a little and use more as needed which gives me a more natural look. Using fingers can often result in applying too much product. Most importantly, the brushes help me to apply my makeup evenly and blend to perfection.
Let’s explore a few makeup brushes and their uses:
I use the powder brush to fluff setting powder on my face to set my makeup. I also use it to dust loose makeup off my face.
I use the blush brush/angled brush for my powder blushes. It helps me to blend blush on my cheeks without leaving lines, making it look more natural.
The foundation brush is used to apply foundation, but I often find that it leaves streaks on my face. I start in the center of my face and then swipe outward toward my hairline. I typically will use a beauty blender to blend.
For highlighting, I use a fan brush. I dust a little powder across my cheeks and forehead to give a nice little glow. This brush serves a dual purpose for me. Sometimes I place it under my eye while I’m putting on eyeshadow to keep it from falling on my face and onto my clothes.
I apply my contour cream or powder with an angled brush, opting to use a beauty blender to blend the product.
You can use a brush to apply product to blemishes (ex., acne) instead of using your fingers which may harbor germs.
Honestly, I have never used a brush to apply primer. I always use my fingers, but I’m certain that using a brush ensures that it’s spread evenly on the face. For now, I will likely continue to use my fingers.
My eyeshadow brush is used to pick up color and put a concentrated amount on my lids. I absolutely LOVE eyeshadow! I swipe the brush back and forth like a windshield wiper!
The crease brush is used to put eyeshadow directly in the crease of my eyelids. I typically will use a darker shade in the crease which gives my eyes depth.
I use my blender brush to blend in all of the eyeshadow I’ve used so you can’t see any lines of demarcation. Everything just looks so smooth!
The concealer brush I use is actually smaller than the one in the picture. I use it for small spots that need more coverage. It gets in those hard to reach areas like under the eyes and around the sides of the nose.
I use a small brush to dab just a little eyeshadow in the corner of my eye. It’s usually something a little brighter like a gold or copper shadow.
A small angled brush is good for applying cream eyeliner. (NOTE: I usually only use cream on my top lid, opting for a pencil liner for the bottom lids. This brush is equally good for filling in eyebrows.
The lipstick brush on the surface doesn’t seem that serious. However, once you see how precise the lipstick looks when applied with a lipstick brush, you will want to use it every time!
For details under the eye, you can use a small brush. I use it sometimes to put a nice eyeshadow under my eyes to make them pop!
Finally, one of my favorite products is a beauty blender. I don’t know how I ever survived without it.
I wet it and then use my beauty blender to blend foundation and also to blend when I am highlighting and contouring. The pointed end is perfect to get into those nooks and crannies in the corners of my eyes and around my nose. I can blend in just about any makeup I apply with a beauty blender.
So there you have it! Makeup brushes are important. You can buy makeup brushes in my Avon online store here.
How do you use brushes? Do you have any tips for me?
Continue to live agelessly,
Avon Rep Raquel, www.youravon.com/raquelhorn