Must-have makeup brushes
While many of us know our way around a blush brush, the same can’t be said about some of the other strange brush shapes and sizes. Figuring out what, and where, they’re for can definitely be a head-scratcher.
Do we really need a wardrobe of brushes? Vancouver makeup artist Ellen Pratt sometimes uses her fingers for creamy products like foundation or concealer- “areas you want to look like the part of the skin.” But we do need brushes for powder blush and face powder, and Jackie Shawn, a Toronto makeup artist whose clients have included Kim Cattrall, also likes brushes with dense bristles to “help place the product accurately” for tiny crevices on lids and noses.
Synthetic or natural bristles: what’s the difference?
Bristles come in natural, synthetic or a mixture of both. Natural bristles (sometimes made of squirrel fur or goat hair) work well with powder formulas as they “grab” powders well.
Synthetic brushes, which are made of polyester or nylon filaments, are best for applying cream-based makeup products like concealer, foundation or lipstick.
There are brushes for a variety of types and textures of makeup. Here’s your primer.