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10 Makeup Brushes You Can't Live Without!

Foundation Brush

Simple to use! Apply a small amount of foundation directly onto the brush or alternatively place a few drops of foundation directly to forehead, cheeks and chin and apply the brush in sweeping and swirling movements. The bristles are shaped to get up high under the eyes and around the nose and mouth and into fine lines. Never apply powder until you have smoothed out any lines in foundation. Otherwise you will set your makeup with lines in it. Once you use a foundation brush, you will never go back to using your fingers. A handy brush for blending off harsh edges of blush, ensuring blush placement is correct and making sure eyeshadow is not outside the eye area. Simply use the brush in an upward direction from the outer corner of the eye to outer corner of the eyebrow to keep eyeshadow pigment moving in an upward motion. This is anti-ageing. Eyeshadow that is placed outside this area

will give a downward appearance to the eye and add

years to your appearance.

Large Powder Brush

When using this brush fill the hair with powder by shaking a small amount of powder into the powder lid and swirl the powder well up into the brush. Press the powder onto the face before swirling the brush over the foundation to dust off any excess. This will set the foundation. Setting your foundation will make it longer lasting and give a perfect base for powder blush.

Tapered Powder Blush Brush

The tapered powder blush brush is designed for more precise placement of blush. Keep the blush high on the cheek bones and start at the highest point blending down to the apples of the cheek before blending in an upwards swirling motion. Remove any blush that has been placed too far down the cheek with the foundation brush and dust again with the powder brush. Blush that is too far down the cheeks will drag your features down. Blush should be creating upward movement to the face for anti-ageing benefits.

Crème Blush Brush

Using a crème blush brush makes using a crème blush a total breeze. The brush has a small head that gives perfect blush placement and the synthetic fibres spread the blush with ease as if it were powder. Crème blush can even be placed over powder using the crème blush brush without the cream grabbing in places and becoming uneven.

Lip Brush

Using a lip brush will give a perfect crisp line to the lip edge. Darker lipsticks should always be applied with a brush. Using the side of the brush, create the clean, crisp lip edge and then fill with colour using the flat of the brush. Blot completely onto a tissue. Dust with finishing powder. Reapply as above. This will give a perfect lip with long-lasting results.

Double Ended Brow Brush

Brows are so important to give the face expression, frame the eyes and bring youth back to the face. The slanted end of this brush is shaped for precise placement of brow powders and wax. The spoolie end is perfect for brushing the brows in an upward motion and gently across the top for grooming and grooming eyelashes Follow with tinted brow gel. Also a perfect brush for easy application of cake eyeliner.

Eye Liner Brush

This petite ended brush is for the precise placement of cake eyeliner. Simply wet the brush with liner and apply to the lash line. The less pressure the finer the line. Try applying slight pressure with your finger to the outside corner of the eye and gently stretching the lid to aid the placement of the liner should your lids be quite crepey. Do not overstretch the skin, just use light pressure. If you struggle with the fine liner brush, try using the double ended brow brush and press the liner into the lash line.

All Over Shader Eye Shadow Brush

This eye shadow brush is a must-have brush. Perfect for eye shadow placement, all over the eye. The brush is designed to hold the pigment in the belly of the brush and distribute the shadow evenly on the skin. This brush will give more intense colour to the lid.

Eye Shadow Fluff Brush

This brush has two roles to play. It can be used to apply eye shadow to the entire lid to give a soft wash of colour and it is also used to blend the eye shadow after application. Simply sweep over the eye shadows in a buffing motion to blend off any hard lines. The key to a perfect makeup - "blending"!!!

Eye Shadow Pencil Brush

This brush is perfect for concentrated placement of eye shadow on the lid at precisely the location you require. It has a pointed tip that allows you to basically draw the shadow in place. This is perfect for placing the darker accentuating colours on the outer edge of the eye and under the bottom lashes as well as precise placement into the crease. Follow with the Fluff Brush to blend the shadows. Also perfect to smudge pencil liners.

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