Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Using the Right Size Cosmetic Brush

Things I see at my work as a high school teacher are often the inspiration for many of the blog entries I've got cooking up in my head. (In fact, one such situation is what made me want to start this blog in the first place.) This time, my inspiration was a girl sitting in the hall before school, applying her blush with a massive loose powder brush. Oh... oh my goodness. Just no. She not only had blush in places blush has no right to be, but it was bright pink.

(Don't get me wrong. I wear pink blush, but I use a more appropriate brush and blend it. I don't just leave it sitting there like I'm intentionally trying to blind people with my technicolor cheeks.)

I've decided to post a link to the Japonesque company's website. I'm not necessarily promoting their products as the best, but their site does show the many kinds of brushes available and has side-by-side images of a powder brush and a blush brush, which I appreciate because it seems the two are often confused or just carelessly misused... with annoying consequences. LOL!

(Click HERE to go to the Japonesque Brushes page.)

Award Studio has a brief article on choosing makeup brushes that discusses the appropriate size of a blush brush. Click HERE to see it.

There are, of course, many brands to choose from. Stores like Ulta and Sephora have tons to choose from. Here are some tips for choosing the best brushes:
  • You want natural bristles when working with most makeup, not synthetic ones. Squirrel hair--as icky as that seems--is the best.
  • Run the brush across your hand and very gently tug on the bristles. If any fall out easily, move on. (A few are bound to fall out over time with use in even the most expensive brushes, but they shouldn't be falling out before they ever leave the store!)
  • Look for brushes that are rounded/domed, not ones with straight edges. (Unless its use requires a straight edge, like an angled liner brush for instance.)
I've also known people very talented in makeup application who use paintbrushes.  I have tried it myself and was quite pleased with the fan brush for eyeshadow fall-out and a very thin one for eyeliner application.  Much cheaper than makeup brushes too!

(A version of this article was originally posted on my old blog, Glamoursaurus Rex, which is now defunct.)

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