Makeup Brush Breakdown- Which Brushes Do What?
Have you ever seen a makeup artist’s brush collection and wondered to yourself, “What do you do with all those brushes?”
To most people, there’s only so much face to cover so why would anyone need that many tools? Yes, it’s a valid question but from one makeup lover (myself) to any one who may be wondering this, all of those brushes have a different function.
First let me preface this point by saying, I am not a makeup artist, I’m just someone who really loves makeup. From the product to the application, to the finished look, I’m all about it. Though I probably don’t own a fraction of the brushes and tools a pro does, my arsenal isn’t exactly for beginners either.
My point is, that professionals aside, beauty addicts are also known to have pretty impressive brush collections too.
So what exactly do these makeup tools do and why are there so many of them? Allow me to give you a quick breakdown on the different types of brushes.
Natural Bristle Brushes
Typically made from animal fur, natural bristle brushes aren’t ones typically used for liquid products. Just as an animal’s fur protects and insulates them- drawing heat in, the bristles on these types of brushes act in the same way.
Natural bristles have the tendency to soak up more product than disperse it, which makes them better suited for applying dry products like powders, eyeshadows or blushes.
All beginner brush kits will have a good mix of these brushes for the face and eyes.
On the contrary, synthetic makeup brushes are brushes made from bristles that resemble natural ones. Put more simply, they’re faux bristles. These types of brushes are best if used strictly on liquid or cream products like foundations, concealers, cream shadows and blushes, or lip products.
When compared to a natural bristled brush, the movement of a synthetic brush combined with liquid products makes for a more even application.
An easy way to spot a synthetic brush, is if the bristles are white. This is common in a lot of angled blush brushes as well as foundation brushes.
Also known as a stippling brush, duo-fibres are easy to identify. Typically they’re comprised of an outer ring of black, natural bristles, that surround an inner ring of white synthetic bristles. The synthetic bristles on these brushes will always be longer than the natural bristles.
Duo-fibre brushes are best for building coverage with products like: foundation, blush, bronzer, or setting powder. The ideal application is to only move/use the synthetic fibers of the brush, and to use them in circular motions.
As great as they are at building coverage they’re also great for knocking excess product off your face. What I like to do after I have my face completely done is to spray on a makeup setting product and then lightly dab a duo-fibre brush all over to lock in the makeup and mattify it.
Which makeup brushes do you use more? What products do you use them with? Let us know in the comments.
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