As a make-up artist, one of the most common questions I hear is “how can I recreate this look at home?” For my own benefit, I should probably make them think that it is only my talent that makes them look so great but the truth is it is often about the tools.
I’m frequently surprised when I speak to my clients about what is in their toolbox. Many of them spare no expense with their make-up. They’ve got La Mer foundation, Chanel lipgloss and seem to have every color Dior and YSL have to offer. However, when I ask them what they use to apply these products they say that they use their fingers, or the sponge applicators that come with it or the worst, Q-tips.
I can’t stress enough the importance of a quality set of brushes. It may make a dent in your wallet when you make your initial purchase but, with the right care you may have your brushes for well over 10 years. There are a few basic brushes that every woman should have. You can always get more if you decide to later.
With a few exceptions, it is best to go with natural hair. Depending on the task they are meant to perform, they may be squirrel, sable, goat or pony. There’s no need to worry about your furry friends. Most every company now realizes that cruelty-free products are the only way to go. The animals are raised on a farm where they are well cared for and get regular haircuts. For foundation and concealer, synthetic brushes are best. They spread the product evenly and don’t hold onto bacteria. Synthetic brushes also work best for brows, where you need a short, firm brush to achieve that perfect arch.
The 8 must-have brushes
1: All over eye shadow
2: Eye crease
8: Powder Brush
I recommend an artist’s line like Smashbox. Everything in the line was created by professional artists, and you can feel confident that they are top quality.
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