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A Guide To The Right Make Up Brush

Brushes here and brushes there, but which ones do I have and which ones should I buy? Here is a list of all the brushes you will ever need. 

There are many different types of brushes out there, some for your face, your eyes and even brows. These make-up tools are vital when it comes to perfecting your look.

Brushes are made from different materials. Some make-up artists wouldn't go past a brush made with sable, goat or badger hair as they claim that they are fantastic in regards to application. If you don’t like the idea of using animal products even though most brush manufacturers are keeping in mind the safety of the animal, by guaranteeing no animal being harmed, you may choose to purchase a brush made from synthetic fibre. Synthetic fibre brushes have come a long way and are just as good, sometimes I think they are even better. The choice is yours.
  Fan Brush – A multi-purpose brush – for mask applications, blush or to highlight cheek bones and remove excess powder.
  Kabuki Brush – For the application of mineral make-up to be used in a circular motion or downward strokes.
  Angled Eye Brush – This brush can be used to define your eyes, used with gel or mineral eyeliners or even along your crease, making it easy to get a more precise line.
  Eye-shadow Brushes
Large – Used to apply eyeshadow or mineral veil to all over lid and upper eye.
Small – Used to apply eyeshadow for highlighting the lid.
  Blush Brush – The most common brush and is a must have for everyone, used for applying blush, liquid foundation and powder foundation.
  Lip Brush – Used to apply lip stick and give more control over your application
  Mascara Wand – Used apply mascara to your lashes. – Tip never pump your mascara as it lets air into your product reducing the shelf life, simply place wand into product and turn.
  Brush sets – An all in case of brushes for the modern girl, containing a foundation brush, blush brush, eye-shadow brushes, angled brush, lip brush and mascara wand. Fantastic for travelling.

Now that we've got that sorted, you should always clean your brushes after every use, if you’re using your brushes on more than one person. This is to avoid cross contamination of bacteria. If however you’re using the brushes on yourself then it’s up to you or at least once a month. It is always a good idea to purchase a special solvent especially made for brushes and follow the directions. Another way to wash your brushes is with shampoo, it’s your preference. Use a small towel to absorb as much moisture as possible. Shape your brushes into how you would like them to look when dry and always dry them on their side.

You can purchase disposable wands if you are using them on other people to avoid eye infections as it’s hard to clean wands and though not relevant to this blog, you can sharpen eye and lip pencils to clean them also.

Good luck with your brush journey and to a world of looking fab!

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