Beauty blenders, fan brushes, spoolies and then some. There are literally hundreds of makeup brushes out there and sometimes, it can be a bit of a feat trying to identify the ones that we truly need and will use on a regular basis.
We’ve put an end to the confusion by identifying a list of five essential brushes that you should definitely invest in and some handy tips on how to use them to maximum effect. Whether you’re going for an easy daytime look with groomed brows and just a flick of liner or high-octane drama complete with bold lips and on point contouring, these are the brushes to get you through the day. However, on days when you want to be professionally pampered, you can always check out Bfab on Saleduck for the best beauty and wellness deals around Malaysia.
Here are the five brushes that you’re going to need in your beauty arsenal:
Fluffy Powder Brush
Go for a large to medium-sized fluffy brush with a rounded head. Perfect for when you’re using powder-based products on the face and neck. Use it to dust on loose or pressed powder, applying blusher and for sweeping bronzer across the cheekbones, hairline, nose and temples. To define and add depth to your face, use a medium-sized brush and apply a colour that is a shade darker than your natural skin tone in swift upwards strokes. Buff away any harsh lines by gently swirling the brush across your cheek in circular motions.
Small Angled Brush
This brush is flat, firm and features an angled head. We love it because it’s super convenient and can be used for a variety of applications. First. you can use it to apply gel or cream eyeliner - for the perfect cat eye time after time - or use it to define your eyebrows. Its narrow, flat head allows you to mimic the hairs for the fullest, most natural looking brows ever. This brush also does double duty as a lip brush, especially when you’re working with highly pigmented colours as it gives you the most precise application along the edges of your mouth. Just remember to use a clean brush to start.
Aside from being our current obsession, brows frame the face and can easily make or break a beauty look which is why the humble spoolie brush is an absolute must have in any self-respecting makeup maven’s kit. Use it after you’ve drawn in your brows to soften the look and remove any excess product by brushing upwards and outwards. You can also use it to separate your lashes and open up your eyes. To break up clumpy mascara, dip a clean spoolie into a tiny bit of eye makeup remover and comb it through your lashes until the clump dissolves. Let it dry and follow up with another coat of mascara to seal.
Most concealers are cream-based and a key tip to takeaway from this is to always use synthetic brushes when working with cream or liquid products. Look for a small brush with a narrow head and a slight rounded edge that allows for targeted areas and that can easily fit into all the nooks and crannies of your face - especially the corners of your nose, the sides of your mouth and the under-eyes. Pat product onto the areas that require coverage before gently buffing until evenly applied.
For an even, airbrushed complexion, a blending sponge rounds up our list of essentials and is absolutely necessary if you want to achieve a flawless finish. To apply liquid foundation like a pro, first prep your skin with moisturiser and primer, then dot the product onto your face before using a slightly dampened sponge to evenly pat the product in. This allows you to gradually build the level of coverage you need and prevents the product from streaking.