Beauty For Beginners Series: Brushes

Hi everyone! I trust that you all had an amazing weekend, and that you’re excited for today’s post. Today I’m going to be starting a new series on my blog, Beauty For Beginners where I talk about my all time favourite holy grail products and what I think would be great things to use, especially if you’re starting out. I only started experimenting with make-up when I was in my senior year of high school, and 2 years later I’m not a pro, but I’ve learned a few great things along the way. Today’s topic is brushes and what I feel you should be starting out with, what the purposes of the brushes are and how you can use them to the best of your ability.

An important tip to note when it comes to brushes: Natural bristles work best with powder products and synthetic bristles work best with liquid or cream products.

The Foundation Brush:

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The foundation brush is used to smooth out liquid or cream foundation for streak-free application. Alternatively, it can also be used to pat on under-eye concealer. My favourite brush is from Cala Cosmetics and it’s the 303 brush, purchased from Dis-Chem. Really affordable but not a must-have. Some people prefer to put on foundation with their fingers, but in the end it’s really about what works for you.

The Beauty Blender:

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A beauty blender is a sponge which you use the sponge’s broad sides to smooth out product on your face. You can use the tip to reach creases around the nose and to pinpoint small areas. Alternatively you can apply cream blush, blend out harsh makeup lines, and remove excess product. I unfortunately do not own a real Beauty Blender although I wish I did, but I do own a similar sponge from Big Apple Cosmetics which I purchased a while back. You can also purchase sponges from Dis-Chem but I found their sponges extremely harsh on my skin.

Blush Brush/Angled Contour Brush:

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Truth be told, on the packaging of the image seen above it did say blush brush but it is actually an angled contour brush. It can however be used to apply blush. The slanted bristles make it easier to apply products perfectly to your cheekbones. Alternatively you can apply contour powder (two shades darker than your skin tone) below your cheekbones to emphasize your natural contours. This brush is from Pupa cosmetics

Concealer Brush:

I have unfortunately forgot to add my concealer brush to the mix, but basically a concealer brush is used to pinpoint specific areas that need extra coverage. Alternatively you can clean up messy edges when it comes to filling in your brows and lipstick. I purchased my concealer brush from Ralo Cosmetics.

Eye Shadow Brush:

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An eyeshadow brush is used to evenly apply powder and cream shadows. Dab on shadow under the lower lash line for a smokier eye. The eyeshadow brush pictured above is from Pupa Cosmetics. This is a great brush and I would definitely recommend it.

Blending Brush:

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This brush has changed my life in so many ways. Essence Cosmetics is a very underrated brand and their brushes are nothing short of amazing. The fluffy bristles diffuse eye shadow in the crease of your eye and give shadows a softer finish so that there are no harsh lines. This brush has the cutest doodles on it and comes in the colour lavender. What’s not to love?

Fan Brush:

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Use this to clean up fallen product or gently apply powders. Love using this to highlight on my cheekbone and give my face a glowy finish. This brush came free in the Cosmopolitan magazine and I have no issues with it, except that it was originally supposed to be a foundation brush but the bristles were way too thin and loose to apply foundation. It’s always important to note that you don’t HAVE to own every single brush there is, being a student I understand the struggle and make the best with what I have.

Powder Brush/All Over Brush:

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Simply put, this brush is used to apply powder to the skin for a smooth finish and also to clean up highlight, contour and blush. My powder brush isn’t the best, but does the job pretty well so I can’t complain.

I’m very excited to announce that I have my own Facebook page! You can find me by looking up Sincerely, Deeanne and please give me the thumbs up.

Stay tuned for a great week of tips for beginners!

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