It’s true that an artist is only as good as his tools, especially when it comes to makeup artists! Having the right set of brushes is as important as having the best beauty products because the brush is where the magic happens. It can be overwhelming to be faced with brushes of different sizes, shapes and angles so we’ve broken it down for you to help you get started. We cover seven of your basic brushes that every makeup kit simply must have.
The first step to applying your makeup is your foundation. A good base sets the stage for flawless, even toned makeup. A foundation brush is quite thick and is used to smooth liquid or cream across your face, starting at the centre. A good brush will not streak and will apply your foundation smoothly from the middle of your face to your hairline and neck.
A kabuki brush is a large, fluffy brush that is perfect for long sweeps across your face. This is a key item if you’re planning to using bronzer or on contouring your face. The best way to use this is to sweep your bronzer or powder across your temple, hairline, cheekbone and jawline in a number ‘3’ shape.
This brush is for when you want to dust highlighting or finishing powder on your face, usually toward the end of your makeup routine. The long, fluffy bristles will evenly distribute even the finest of powders to give you the perfect coverage with just the right amount of shine and sheen.
When you see an angled brush, you know that this is your blush brush. The angle will help you frame your cheeks correctly, with the right amount of blush because there’s nothing worse than streaky, overpowering blush on. Use this brush across your cheekbones and hairline with your favourite Colorbar blush on.
Some people like to use their fingers to apply eyeshadow but when you’re using Colorbar eyeshadow that can be applied both wet and dry, a brush is really helpful. These delicate brushes are used to evenly apply and blend eyeshadow on your lid. You can also use these brushes on the lid line for a smoky finish.
These brushes are very coarse and have a severe angle so that you can get the finest, most precise line of eyeliner possible. Perfect for use with a gel or cream liner, you can get a dramatic cat eye or subtle line within moments using a good quality eyeliner brush.
A lip liner brush is another small, fine and coarse brush that has a dual function. It can first be used to apply your lip liner if you’re using a liquid liner, and can then be used to put on your lipstick as well. This works especially well with very creamy lipsticks as a brush will help you get a even, streak-free coverage.