For the less experienced in the makeup world, going through our brushes section can be quite confusing. So many brushes and so many uses. Which probably makes you wonder: do I really need to buy all of them? Well, we wrote this article for you to understand everything there is to know about professional makeup brushes!

THE MOST COMMON MAKEUP BRUSHES AND THEIR PROPER USE:

The foundation brush: compact bristles to guarantee full coverage. You can use it for liquid or powder foundation.

The bronzer brush: to be used in order to get a homogeneous effect. It’s also useful to have a travel size bronzer brush if you want to retouch your makeup along the day.

The oblique blush brush: the ergonomic shape of the bristles allows maximum precision for proper contouring.

The domed eyeshadow brush: the classic eye makeup brush. It should be used for proper eyeshadow blending if you want to create a professional makeup artist look. It’s also the perfect ally to recover that old bronzer that you dropped and broke into a thousand pieces or for loose pigmented eyeshadows. Some people even use it to apply concealer!

The eyeliner brush: the tiniest of them all. It’s a must if you want to achieve great precision. This brush is very useful if you want to create the perfect cat eye but also to blend it out if you want to create a softer, smudged look. It’s also great for applying eyeshadow to the lash line.

The lip brush: it allows you to get the right amount of product to avoid clumps or smears. Also perfect for avoiding that awkward “hey, you got lipstick on your teeth” moment!

WHY SHOULD YOU USE BRUSHES INSTEAD OF YOUR FINGERTIPS?

- Brushes ensure that the product is being applied on the right spot by getting just the right amount. - Brushes diffuse the product, creating a more natural look and feel light on the skin.

- Brushes make it easier to apply dark eyeshadows since the powder is well distributed on the bristles, allowing you to build up the color just right.

- Brushes speed up the process by recognizing the right amount of product and preventing any smears or waste of product.

- Brushes, if used properly, achieve the desired results without any effort.

Shy suggestion: for the blush, you want to create a “Bonne mine” effect with the brush N.28 and for sculpting, you should use the brush N. 26.

TRICKS FOR EXTENDING YOUR BRUSHES’ LIFE EXPECTANCY

Wash them every now and then with the right soap. Our Brush Detergent is the answer to all your problems. Its nonalcoholic formula is means no harm to your brushes and guarantees a better bristle conservation. After washing your brushes, you should gently dry them with a soft tissue and it’ll be ready to go. In case you don’t have brush soap, you can still clean them with warm water and neutral soap (or shampoo). Once done, dab them on a soft tissue and let them dry. Never ever use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process!

HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PROFESSIONAL BRUSH AND A REGULAR ONE?

It’s hard to get confused when you are not an expert in the field, but don’t sweat it! Here are some details you shouldn’t miss if you want to make the right decision:

- A good brush must have a caressing touch to it.

- A good eye makeup brush must have quite stiff bristles but shouldn’t feel too harsh on the skin.

- A good lip brush must be compact in order to hold the product without difficulty.

- A good brush must not lose a big amount of bristles while it’s being used or washed.