Jan 21, 2010

Brush Up On Beauty

I've had a lot of people ask if using a makeup brush really makes a difference when applying eyeshadow or blush.

The answer is absolutely.....

Here are some examples as to why you should be using a good makeup brush vs a sponge tip applicator or the tiny

little brush you find in compacts to apply your makeup.

A sponge applicator gives little or no control over the amount of color you apply and can often give a harsh look,whereas a brush

allows you to be able to apply a sheer color wash to the lid or layer color on for a bolder look. using an angled brush allows better shading or contouring of the crease or outer eye area and a pointed brush is perfect for creating a gorgeous "cat-eye" or for applying cream eyeliners..you simply cannot do that with a sponge tipped applicator.

For a neat,clean brow line try using an eyebrow brush...sweep brows upward and out then apply pencil or powder,gel can be used to tame those who are blessed with natural color to their brows to keep brow line in shape.gently comb through eyelashes with comb side to remove any extra goop from mascara. By the way,did you know that long ago,mascara used to come in little "cakes" and was originally applied with a brush to lashes?? That was the original idea behind those eyebrow brushes..the makeup brand "Rimmel" takes it's name from the Italian name which means mascara... The first mascara product was originally invented by Eugene Rimmel in the 19th century. Max Factor perfected the mascara that we see today inventing the wand inside the tube.

A good brush doesn't necessarily need to be expensive. While the best are made from sable,and can be costly,brushes can be found at Sephora that range in a variety of price ranges starting at about $20-$50 per brush . Brush sets can be found starting at $15 to $50 mid range and a bit more for professional grade. I actually have two sets for basic use . Another very good brand to try is Sonia Kashuk @ Target her brushes come in nice little sets with a cosmetic bag or traveling case for under $25

Next week,we'll follow up on blush brushes.

Until next time~

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