The way I describe is by no means the only way, it is my way that I developed overtime through trial and error. Feel free to share your thoughts as well.
Why do you need makeup brush?
Makeup brush is one of those things that you won't know what you missed out until you start using them. Here are benefits of using makeup brush:
- It gives you a more even application. This is especially true with foundation. It gives you a more even application than your fingers. When you apply eye shadow with makeup brush (instead of the applicator included), it helps you blend out the eye shadow for a more natural finish
- It gives you a more 'lightweight' applicaiton which makes it more natural. You won't need as much foundation/eye shadow than say when you use a sponge or your fingers. It gives you a more natural complexion especially with foundation
- It helps you with more precise application. This is why the makeup brush that comes with your eye shadow case fails, they normally don't work very well if you need sharper edges
How do you select which makeup brush you need?
There are a million brushes out there, and if you are not a pro but just a girl who like me who like makeup, you don't need them all. Makeup brush are expensive and you would go broke if you buy every single brush out there. It really depends on your routine which brush you need, everyone focuses on different areas of their face when they do their makeup. For me, here are the essentials:
1. Powder Brush - to finish off your look with setting face powder so your makeup stay on longer
2. Stippling Brush - for lightweight application of foundation if you want light coverage and a very natural look
3. Angled Blsuh Brush - for blush and contouring. I use it for shading and highlighting as well as the angle makes it easy to control
4. Foundation Brush - for foundation and concealer. The difference between this and the stippling brush is this brush, since the shape and angle is different, is better when you want more coverage, such as on blemishes or undereye, whereas the stippling brush is for more natural lighweight application, such as on your cheeks
5. Eyeshadow brush - of course for eyeshadow. Using a brush is way better than using your fingers as its easier to control and blend. Just remember to tap off excess eye shadow before applying
6. Eyeline brush - this brush is slightly angled. Wonderful for creating a precise eyeline and winged end. You can use this both dry and wet.
7. Eyebrow comb and brush - brushing your eyebrow is very important to create a natural yet perfectly shaped brow. The comb end I also use to comb my eye lashes to prevent mascara crumps
How do you store makeup brush?
Generally you can store them in a brush cash or stand upright in a container. I personally like to store them in a container as it covers the brush to prefer dust and other micro bacteria in the air depositing onto my brushes. Brushes are a great place for bacteria to grow so it's important to clean your makeup brush often. I will talk about cleaning your makeup brush in the next tutorial.
If you know you are not going to use your brush for a long time, lay it flat to maintain the desired shape. Remember to store your brushes in a low-humidity area away from mold, but at the same time not directly under sunlight to prevent damage.
This is a pretty long post. To conclude:
Why do you need makeup brush - for an even application that is precise and lightweight
Which makeup brush do you need - depends on your personal routine, but for me there are 7 must-haves
How to store them - either in a case or upright (although I personally prefer upright)