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Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates | Thursday, 12 November 2015

Brush Guide | Face Brushes

Hello beauties,  

There is nothing I love more than makeup brushes but I know from past experience that it can be a little bit overwhelming when trying to figure out what each brush is for. That is why I decide to write this post, in the hopes that maybe I can help someone. This brush guide post will be split into two parts, a face brushes guide and an eye brushes guide.

Before I start, I would like to point out that you do not need ALL those brushes in your collection. Brushes are multipurpose, one brush can be used in so many ways. It all depends on what you think seems fit to you. 

Basic Information:

Bristles: The top part of the brush where the hairs are bundled up together.
  • When the bristles are dense, the brush is able to hold and apply more product.

  • When the bristles are fluffy, meaning when you run your fingers through the hairs they bend and have more movement,  the brush bristles do not hold a lot of product; therefore, application is light.
Ferrule: Usually a metal piece that holds all the bristles (hair) together with glue. That is why when washing the brushes, water should be avoided in that area.

Handle: Wooden or metal piece designed to give your hand the right grip when working with the brush.

Brushes either have natural hair (e.g. Goat Hair) or synthetic hair.
  • Natural hair works better when applying powder products and blending it.
  • Synthetic hair works better with liquid and cream products.
On with the guide...

1. Flat/Paddle Foundation Brush
Sigma F60 (top) - Glambox Foundation brush (bottom)
Starting off with the most basic brush, the Paddle Brush, known as the Foundation Brush. As the name clearly points out, this brush is meant for applying foundation but the way the brush and the bristles are shaped may leave your foundation looking streaky. If you do use it, you might want to use another brush or your fingers to blend it the foundation and avoid streaky-ness. Some make up artists use this brush to apply a primer or moisturizer on others.

2. Powder Brush
Top to Bottom: Bdellium Tools 990, Bdellium Tools 980, Real Techniques Blush Brush, Real Techniques Powder Blush

Powder Brushes come in all shapes and sizes, depending on that, this brush can used for setting the foundation with loose or pressed powder, applying bronzer, or applying blush. Simple, you just need to find the shape and form that best suits your face and preferences.

3. Buffing Brush, Stippling Brush, Flat Top Brush
Left to Right: Real Techniques Buffing Brush, Real Techniques Expert Brush, Bdellium Tools 955, Bdellium Tools 957
Buffing brush (RT Buffing Brush & RT Expert Brush), is usually a dense brush (packed with bristles). This brush is perfect for applying and buffing/blending a liquid or cream foundation into the skin. It makes applying foundation really easy and the foundation ends up looking flawless and even.

A stippling brush (Bdellium Tools 955) is another brush used for foundation or it can be used with cream products (e.g. cream blush). This brush has a denser base and a fluffy top. The white bristles hold a little amount of product while the denser base in creating movement and blending. This brush applies the product evenly and lightly on the skin and can help achieve an air brush finish.

A flat top brush (Bdellium Tools 957) has the same purpose as the buffing brush. Its flat surface and dense base is perfect for apply and blending your foundation. It is usually bigger in size so it can finish the job in a shorter period of time.
Left to Right: Bdellium Tools 957, Bdellium Tools 955, Real Techniques Buffing Brush, Real Techniques Expert Brush
4. Angled Brush, Blush Brush
Top to Bottom: Glambox Angled Brush, Sigma F40, Bdellium Tools 964, Bdellium Tools 960
An angled brush is used for applying blush, bronzing the face, or contouring the cheek bones. Again, this will usually depend on your preferences. Angle brushes vary in sizes so the bigger it is, the trickier the detailed work will be. 

A blush brush, like the name states, is used for applying blush. However, for people who do not like big powder brushes, the blush brush can be used for more precise application of setting powder such as on the T-Zone area. The last two brushes shown above are both blush brushes but they are clearly different in shape and size. The second is more flat shaped so it can be used for setting the under eye area with powder or using it for precise contour application in the hollows of the cheeks.

5. Setting Brush, Contour Brush, Highlight Brush
Left to Right: Bdellium Tools 945, Real Techniques Contour Brush, Real Techniques Setting Brush, Bdellium Tools 942
Moving on to smaller face brushes, which are basically a smaller version of the bigger brushes mention above. The photo above shows how small the brushes are compared to a regular fluffy powder brush. 
Top to Bottom: Bdellium Tools 942, Bdellium Tools 945, Real Techniques Contour Brush, Real Techniques Setting Brush
The top two brushes (Bdellium tools 942 & Bdellium tool 945) in the photo above can be used in several ways. Both can be used for highlighting or contouring. The second brush has a dense base but fluffy top so it can help you achieve sculpted, chiseled, and well blended cheek bones!

The third brush (RT Contour Brush) is also a contouring brush; however, it is dense so I find it applies sculpting/bronzing powder heavily. Nonetheless, since it is dense and synthetic, it is wonderful for blending out under eye concealer and highlighters.

Lastly, the mini setting brush (RT Setting Brush). After concealing under the eyes, it is best to set the concealer with brightening powder to avoid creasing. A small setting brush like this is perfect for the job. Moreover, this brush can be used for apply a wash of color on the lids when you are in a hurry. I love it for applying highlighter!

6. Concealer/Cream Contouring Brush
Left to Right: Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush, Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
Last but not least, the concealer brushes. I wasn't very sure on where to add these brushes in the guide, they can fit in both the face category and the eye category. Nevertheless, the first brush can be used in several ways, either for apply concealer on blemishes or apply cream contour on the face.

The second brush is actually a crease brush but it is very thick and I don't find it effective for such application. I do, however, find it amazing for buffing out concealer under the eye or apply a cream base/primer on the eyelids.

That’s it for the face brushes guide, I hope you learned something new!

Don't forget that brushes are multipurpose! And it is just makeup, you can wash it off...!

Stay tuned for the brush guide on eye brushes!

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