Plumbers, electricians, doctors, they all have specific tools to do their jobs, and no one would expect them to do their best work without them. Image if your plumber said: “I’d love to fix that leak for you, but I haven’t got a wrench. Doesn’t inspire the confidence, does it? That’s why despite I have decided to give them a go – best tool for the job and all that.
While making this momentous decision to invest in some makeup brushes, I had a few questions to consider:
- Hair or synthetic brushes?
Well apart from the ethical issues here, which I’ll trust you to make your own mind on. Which work better? The simple answer is that it depends on the type of makeup you’ll be using. Synthetic brushes work best with liquid and cream makeups. Real hair brushes work better for powders.
- How to keep them clean?
You know how my family and I understand the importance of cleaning, and makeup brushes are no exception. Caring for makeup brushes is important if you want them to last (which I do). I recommend cleaning them once a week. You can buy all sorts of exciting gadgets and potions for doing this.
You also need to think about how and where you’re going to store them. Keeping your brushes together and clean can save you time and make applying your makeup a much more enjoyable experience.
- Expensive or budget
To splurge or not to splurge? That is the question. Seriously, though are premium products a better buy than a budget option. Well, the answer is, of course, maybe!
That right there is not a clear-cut answer, it depends on your taste and your needs. Starting out with a cheaper set might help you figure out which brushes you use the most. Then you can buy each brush individually if you want to spend a bit more money. Remember, though, that most of the cheaper brushes are going to be synthetic and not real hair, so might not be the best choice for power.
- Let’s include sponges too
Ok. I know that sponges are not brushes. But can we include them anyway? Sponges are the best for contouring if you’re into that. They allow you to blend superbly and are easy to clean, with just water. They also come in a range of pretty colours from purple to pink and orange.
- Picking the right brush for the right job
There are a lot of different brushes out there, and I mean a lot. These top the list of essentials:
- Foundation brush – for apply foundation (No kidding),
- Angle brush – for getting the perfect crease in your eye shadow,
- Kabuki brush – use with powder to blend,
- Brow brush – comb your brows with one end and apply powder for a shaped look with the other,
- Lip brush – helps to make your lipstick last longer.