Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Makeup Tip: The Importance of Brushes

When I did my little makeup class for my MIL and SIL last week, one of the things we discussed was the importance of good brushes. Usually, the brush that comes with your product is just not adequate and you won't get good application using those low-quality brushes. And you'll notice that most high-quality products don't even come with brushes.....

Makeup brushes

So I have a few suggestions if you are up for re-vamping or adding to your makeup brush arsenal. Today I am suggesting some brushes from e.l.f..... note that I am not compensated in any way for my recommendations- these are just personal opinions based on products I have purchased myself.

1. Foundation brush. It's probably a sensory thing, but I cannot apply foundation with my fingers... I get all shivery just thinking about it. I use a foundation brush that I wash each morning with foam soap, then I use it damp to apply my liquid foundation. I suggest e.l.f.'s Mineral Foundation Brush ($5).

2. Powder brush. After I apply my foundation, I do a dusting of e.l.f.'s High Definition Powder with a fluffy brush like e.l.f.'s Studio Complexion Brush ($3).

HD Powder is a translucent, versatile loose powder that creates a flawless, "soft focus"
effect to the skin. Masks fine lines and imperfections for a glowing, radiant
complexion. This incredibly soft and invisible powder is ideal for everyday
wear, either alone or over your favorite e.l.f. foundation. Our HD Powder is a
makeup artist and e.l.f. fan favorite, and at only $6, it can be yours at a
fraction of the cost of the competition!

3. Bronzer/Blush brush. I love to use stipple brushes to apply my bronzer and blush, especially if they are very pigmented. A stipple brush gives a nice sheer application that can be built in layers. I suggest getting 2 of e.l.f.'s Studio Stipple Brushes ($3) and using one just for bronzer, and one just for blush.

4. Eye shadow brushes. I use mainly use two brushes- one to apply my all-over base color (typically a shimmery champagne color) and a crease brush to apply my darker color in my crease. I would suggest getting a e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow "C" Brush ($3) to apply the base color, and a e.l.f. Studio Contour Brush ($3) for your crease shade.

As a side note, e.l.f. does participate in Ebates, so if you do place an order from e.l.f., you can get 5.5% back. (ebates link is a referral link)


sprinkles said...

I have professional makeup brushes that I used daily. In the rare instance that I have to use something else, I can tell the difference.

Unknown said...

I love e.l.f. products ... their brushes are awesome and the make-up is better than most high-end brands I have used. Thanks for the ebates reminder!! :o)