Beauty Blog: Magic wands ping your makeup into shape

Beauty brushes

Our beauty specialist Catherine McCurry takes a look at makeup brushes…

A NUMBER of beauty companies sell sets of up to 30 pieces of makeup brushes – which makes you wander who uses so many makeup tools for their face and why.

From foundation brushes to bronzing, contouring, eyeshadow (and the list goes on) I could never understand what they were all used for as I was happily using about three brushes to complete my makeup.

But after taking a keen interest into what they actually all do I soon released that each makeup brush has a different role to achieving a professional and well-crafted ‘look’ that you want.

It makes sense because your face is like a blank canvas before you start applying makeup so you need the right tools to creating your piece of art, so to speak.

And the more you learn about what each brush does and what makeup product goes with it, then your makeup will sit and look a lot better.

From blending brushes, foundation brushes and defining brushes – it can get a bit overwhelming.

Some of the standard brushes include the foundation brush which is available in the flat brush or the duo fibre brush.

I prefer the latter as I think it gives an even application for your foundation and sits better – flat brushes can sometimes leave streaks if not blended properly.

The staple bronzer brush appear in everyone’s makeup bag and they come in a wide range of sizes and angles.

A soft and large brush is good for all over application whereas a chisel fibre brush defines your best facial features.

A powder brush is another essential tool for a makeup bag. They are easier to use and blend better than a puff but it depends on how much powder coverage you want. If you need a generous amount of powder then a puff may be more suited to you.

There’s so many different brands of makeup brushes available but as long as you have a foundation, bronzer, powder, concealer, eyeshadow, eyeshadow blending and brow brush then you can’t go wrong.

Invest in a good makeup brush set because if you’re spending quite a bit of money on makeup then you want the right tools to apply it with.

Some of the top makeup brush sets can be found at Mac – though they’re quite pricey these brushes come in every shape. Other tops brands include Tom Ford, Lucy Mercier, Crown Brush and Space NK.

And remember that brush hygiene is vital so try to clean them every four to five weeks. Use a mild shampoo and then reshape before letting them dry.

Some of the brush brands are expensive so why not add these to your Christmas I-must-have-list.

Space NK makeup brushes can be purchased at

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