“Makeup is not a tool meant to make an ugly thing beautiful, it is meant to magnify the beauty that already exists.”
For me when I say I’m a makeup artist I truly believe in the word ‘ARTIST’. While doing makeup I totally get in the zone where the face becomes My Canvas, My makeup products become My medium and My brushes are My tools.
Any makeup artist feels empowered with their collection of brushes surrounding them. Brushes are as important to a makeup artist as a pen to a writer or a sword to a soldier or a wand to a wizard. So let’s see what these brushes can actually do to our makeup.
To begin with, there are about 12-15 main brushes you should have in your kit for that perfect makeup look.
1.Foundation Brush: It applies your foundation more evenly and precisely.
2.Powder Brush: The powder brush is one of the largest makeup brushes and has a wide variety of purposes. It is soft, full and rounded, allowing it to easily pick up powdered products.
3.Stippling Brush: A stippling brush, also known as a duo-fiber brush or skunk brush is a multi-purpose brush that is most commonly used with liquid foundation, blush, and bronzer.
4.Concealer Brush: Use this brush to gently pat on your concealer for smooth and flawless coverage. Whether it’s dark circles under your eyes, spots or discoloration, this nifty little brush will give you more control over those annoying imperfections.
5.Blusher Brush: That’s right you guessed it, a blusher brush is used for applying your blush. The blusher brush is made with fine, gentle fibers with a soft rounded head.
6.Contour Brush: The slanted bristles are intended to mimic the angle of your cheekbones, so it’s perfect for blending, highlighting and shading using a bronzer or illuminating powder.
7.Eye Base Brush: The eye base brush is used to apply color to your entire eyelid. It’s wide, flat and short, with a beveled edge to allow smooth application without pulling on the eyelid.
8.Angle Eye shadow Brush: Once a base color has been applied, the angled eye shadow brush or contour eye shadow brush is then used for layering color and creating hard lines along the eyelid crease.
9.Smudger Brush: Sometimes found on the other end of an eye pencil, a smudger brush is ideal for softening hard lines and creating a smoldering look. The dome-shaped bristles are shaped to fit perfectly into the crease of the eye and are a must-have for creating smokey eyes.
10.Eye Liner Brush: Depending on its texture, eyeliner can be softly smudged or clearly defined. Liquid eyeliner is an opaque liquid that usually comes in a small bottle and is typically applied with a small sharp-tipped brush. It creates a clean, precise line.
11.Disposable Mascara Wands/Brush: These spiral wands are hygienic and are ideal for makeup artists and anyone who is extremely specific about the type of mascara wand they use.
12.Highlight Fan brush: Fan brush is a real champion for highlighting. The brush picks up just the right amount of product and gives the perfect finish.
13.Bronzer Brush: A bronzer brush is rounded and distributes the product evenly. A big fluffy brush for bronzing helps you achieve that natural, sun-kissed look.
14.Lip Brush: The sculpted tip of the lip brush allows for precise application and lining of the lip, while the short and firm bristles give flawless overall coverage.
Though all the makeup brushes are – important, all makeup artist have their favorites. Once you figure out their uses I’m sure you might have one too. The one you’ll feel creates that little difference and the one you can’t do without let’s hear from some of our Celebrity Makeup artists what they have to say.
Vipul Bhagat says: Vipul loves his Mac Makeup Brushes… Since they are long lasting, soft and don’t lose shape even after washing very frequently.
Clint Fernandes says: It’s hard to pick Just one brush as each of my brushes have specific functions and cannot be used with other products or colors as it would destroy the look. The blending brush and the angular brush from the lot are my absolute go-to brushes. Shuemura is my favorite brand.
The brands most commonly used are Mac, Bobbi Brown, and Vega. New brands recommended are Morphe, Mark Jacobs and Fenti Beauty.
Now that we know the uses is of all these brushes another important factor we need to know is how to take care of these precious magical tools. They touch the most delicate and exposed area of our bodies including our face. So they need to be very hygienic and clean. Brush hairs and sponges are pores so they hold on to oils, debris and bacteria.
How to clean?
1. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water
2. Gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palms.
3. Rinse the bristles.
4. Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.
5. Reshape the brush head let the brush dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter, thereby allowing it to dry in the correct shape.
6. Never let your brushes dry on a towel.
7. The bristles can become mildewed.
8. Keep the base of the brush head away from soap and water.
9. The bristles are glued to the base. Water and detergent can cause the glue to disintegrate and the bristles to become loose and shed.