Brush up on your make-up tools
Make-up mavens know all a good cosmetic bags doesn’t just focus on the hero products. The right make-up brush can make all the difference to your party-ready look but with so many to choose it can be tricky to know where to start. Brushes are made from either synthetic or natural materials, and with new tools like the Beauty Blender sponges becoming popular in the beauty blogosphere too, there’s a multitude of tools equipped to give you that airbrushed finish. We look at the best beauty accessories for your make-up bag.
Natural make-up brushes are made from animal hair, which moves freely and allows you to pick up product in just one swipe, making them great for powders. The man-made bristles of synthetic fibres give extra precision, which is ideal for use with liquid or cream products. Run the brush against your hand before your purchase for any shedding from the fibres before buying.
Brushes like Urban Beauty United’s Glow Stick brush are great for applying foundation. It’s the best way to layer lightly and get a flawless finish plus you’ll also use less product and save money in the long run.
The Artiste brush from Templespa is a super luxe brush designed to pick up just the right amount of powder or liquid, and to effortlessly glide over the skin for a stunning ‘photo finish’ look.
And Lottie London has a large collection of vibrant colour-block brushes. Try the Studio Star stippling brush for a perfect finish for foundation. Or the Contour Queen Flat brush is great for buffing finishing powder onto the skin.
Bloggers love the sponge as an alternative to traditional brushes, and it’s great to use if your base is looking a little cakey. Beauty Blender’s ovoid sponge is used damp for blending base products, and has spawned a number of imitators. The Look Good Feel Better Foam Applicator wand is a foam sponge at the end of a brush handle. The foam head is about half the size of a Beauty Blender, with one curved side and one with a flat bevel, which makes for a precise application, and is really good for blending cream contour products. Doll Face Dozen latex-free sponges from Urban Beauty United are also ideal for applying liquid highlighter to the skin to achieve a soft-focus, dewy look.
Keep your brushes clean
Bacteria-laden brushes are a recipe for breakouts. Leading beauty expert Sarah Jones, spoke to Cover Media to share her tips for keeping brushes squeaky clean.
“I like bareMinerals Quick Change Brush Cleaning Spray, it’s great for using in-between washes,” she said.
To deep-clean brushes, Sarah recommends running brushes under lukewarm water, to rinse out any residual make-up. “Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a capful of shampoo, gently swirl your brush tip in the water. If you need to, you can also swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to work up a lather. Rinse the brush tip under running water once again.” Repeat steps two and three until the water from the brush runs clear. Use a cloth to wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go. To dry brushes, lay them flat on a cloth to dry. Once dry store your brushes properly in a compartmentalised tray like Store's acrylic make-up storage caddy which will sit neatly on a dressing table or in the bathroom to keep brushes neat and tidy.