The 4 Makeup Brush Mistakes You Need to Stop Doing


Ladies, you take so much time selecting the right makeup, in the right color, perfect for your skin type. You even take the time to read the ingredients to make sure you’re only getting what’s good for your skin and your health. What’s surprising is that most people don’t take the same keen eye to be meticulous about how all of these cosmetic products are applied. You must already know, the right product plus the correct application makes for an incredibly breathtaking makeup well, if incredible and breathtaking is not your goal in putting on your primer, foundation, concealer, eyeliners and what not why bother putting on makeup at all?

Sponges, applicators, and brushes have all been specifically made for two primary objectives: coverage and blending. After a long learning curve, the world’s greatest makeup artists today swear by the unbeatable coverage and blending powers of brushes. But, that’s not the end of it. There are so many brushes to choose from which specifically works best for your contouring powder and which one works better as a blender is, well, something that you find out for yourselves with constant practice.

How to Brush it Right?

Brush It Right

Below are four ways to get you started on properly putting on your makeup brushes and taking better care of them.

1. Storing Your Brushes In The Bathroom. Though you’ve probably known for a long time that brushes need to be kept in a cool, dry place just like most of your makeup and beauty creams, you’re probably one of the guilty many. Nope, not having alternative storage can’t be an excuse. Say what? You’ve got a ton of brushes? That’s an indication enough that you don’t know where to use those brushes for. Did you know that you only need four or five brushes to get your flawless, made up skin on?

2. Use The Correct Brush. It’s not how many brushes you have in your makeup kit that makes for a great makeup. It’s knowing when to use them and how to use them. Simplify your makeup brush collection by taking note of the following pointers:

  • Synthetic brushes work best for cream-based products. Since the best makeup are the fluid ones, time to ditch your sponges. You can also bid farewell to expensive natural brushes that, anyway, do nothing more than cruelty to the animals where their bristles come from.
  • You need only four or five brushes to make for great makeup. For a simple day in to day out look, you probably will only need three types of brushes most days: a flat foundation / concealer brush, a eyebrow brush / spooley, and a buff loose powder / blusher / bronzer brush.
  • Use a two-sided brush
    One end will have a broad brush for easy, cling on coverage for your foundation. The other end will hold your u-shaped concealer brush that allows you to cover hard to reach areas more easily and more meticulously.
  • Use a two-sided eyebrow brush / spooley. The spooley end is a better way to brush your eyebrows as it gives your brows added volume, something which the flat eyebrow comb can’t provide. The eyebrow brush will perfect the framing for your face.
  • Use a buff loose powder / blusher / bronzer brush for applying well, all of the types of makeup just mentioned. It is the broadest brush you should have, perfect for giving you a natural, pinkish blush or for topping off your makeup with loose powder to help preserve and freeze the look.
  • For those days when you just got to put on some pop of eye color, have an eyeshadow blending brush with you. Make sure you’re getting one that’s just sized well enough for your eyelids and crease.
  • If there was one more room for another important brush, that will be your contouring brush. The bristles should be slim packed enough for precision but also sufficiently thick to give you coverage. For proper contouring, find the hollow areas around your forehead, eyes, cheeks and jaw line – that’s where you apply the contouring powder.

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3. Always Use a Clean Brush

Use a Clean Brush

That means, you should make it a habit to clean your brushes after use so they’d be ready to prime your look up again when you need to put on some color. Make sure you’re getting the products you need only by clearing your brush free of old colors. It’s also a simple hygienic practice to prevent skin infection and protect your skin from breaking out.

4. Use Very Light Strokes. Blending in your makeup requires that you use only very light strokes to create those soft colors on. Just as there are appropriate brushes for every makeup, there are also appropriate strokes for every product you’re putting on. For your foundation and concealer, and perhaps CC cream, dot the products where concealing and correcting are needed then blend with brush in upwards and sideways strokes. For your eyeshadow, brush from the corner of your eyes, inwards. For cheek color, apply on apples firs in short, upward strokes, slowly working inward with the same stroke directions.

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Where you require makeup, the right brush should accompany it. Add in correct application and you should be making the most from your cosmetic products.


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