Friday, 22 November 2013

Back to the Basics: Tools of the Trade (Make Up)

Makeup Tools
Remember using those sponge applicators with play makeup when you were a kid? It's time to ditch those makeup brushes and wands that come packaged with compacts and eye shadow palette. A girl needs the right tools for the job.

BRUSHES: To create a work of art whether on canvas or your eye crease, artist will reach for a brush. Specialized makeup brushes exist to help us apply and blend colors to create different makeup looks. When it comes to makeup brushes, hoard them like a private treasure. Buy as much as you can, having a variety to choose from. Brush heads can be made from natural fibers like squirrel hairs, goat, sable and horse hairs, while others may be synthetic.
Experiment on different brushes, because there is no better way to find your ideal. Also be aware that some people are allergic to certain animal hairs.

Face-brush: They are used to apply foundations, concealers, powders and blush.
  • Foundation Brush: it's always made from synthetic fibers and used to blend foundation on the face. 
  • Concealer Brush: this brush looks like a mini foundation brush and it is smaller than a foundation brush. It is made for covering blemishes or for applying liquid concealers in the hard places at the corners of the eyes.
  • Powder Brush: it comes with large fluffy brush heads and soft bristles, powder brushes are ideal for applying loose powder to the face and also can be used to tone down blusher on the cheek.
  • Blush Brush: they resemble smallish powder brushes with a sloped or rounded tip. Great for applying blush or bronzer to the cheekbone, apply of the cheek or cheek-plane and the T-ZONE.

Eyebrow brushes
There are lots of eye brushes to choose from, which is a blessing for brush hoarders like me.
  • Eyebrow Brush: this brush has a firm angled brush head like the tip of a marker. Used to apply powder, cream or waxes to brows. It is also used to highlight the brows. 
  • Eye shadow Brush: it is not as stuffy as an eyebrow brush. It has a square head used to evenly apply both powder and cream shadows to eyelids.
  • Blending Brush: The heads of blending brushes are usually tapered and this will be your second staple brush (behind your eye shadow brush). They are used to combine different colors of eye shadows.
  • Crease Brush: fluffy and soft, crease brush heads come in different shapes, from thin and tapered to round and fluffy. Look for a brush head that feels soft against your eyelids. This brush can also be used to create a contour at the crease of the eyes.
  • Lip Brushes: This brush provides more control and precise lipstick application than a tube. Like concealer brushes, lip brush has a firm thin tip. For on the go lip-stick application look for a covered lip brush that comes with a cover to protect the brush head while you are traveling.

How to Clean Your Brushes
Regular cleaning of makeup brushes extends their useful life. Some makeup lines sell liquid brush cleaning solutions, but baby shampoo and water also work well. Antibacterial wipes provide a quick way to clean brush heads in the car or wherever water would make a mess. After cleaning your brushes, reshape the brush heads with your fingers and line them up on the edge of a shelf or sink to dry.

How to Store Your Brushes
For cheap, easy brush storage at home, stand them up in a glass (brush heads up). When you're on the road, use a brush roll, which is a folding bag with slots for each brush. It rolls up like a sleeping bag.

Sorry it's long winded, but wanted to give you some good basics..........Have Fun

Written by: Opara Faith Oluchi
Organization: FX Xculsive Hairs & makeovers   
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  2. Wow what a fantastic breakdown of brushes, I love it! It's the perfect list.