Basics: Daily Brushes

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I only use 4 types of brushes in my daily makeup routine. Not the same exact brushes, but the same types. For applying my foundation I use a flat top powder brush for the best coverage. For my eyeshadow application I prefer to use an eyeshadow brush, I may use 2 or 3 of these depending on how many colors I use. Then for the crease I prefer to use a thinner brush like a concealer brush, and then I use a clean fluffy brush for blending it all together. It doesn’t matter what your brush is called, what matters is the shape. For my eyes- the concealer brush works best at getting into the crease if my eyes. For some a contour brush may work better, but my eyes are smaller and the crease brush gets into the smaller spaces much better.

I think the key to finding the right brushes is experimentation, buy an inexpensive set and play around with the application, and develop a routine with those brushes. Also make sure you take proper care of your brushes. Spot clean them between application with alcohol to disinfect and brush cleaner. I use baby shampoo to clean my brushes at least every two weeks. I also use conditioner so they stay nice and soft. make sure to dry then bristles down as to not let water into the ferrules. This has been a long and winding post about brushes lol.

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Brushes again!

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A few months ago I realized that I was starting to develop redness all around my face, at first it would only show with extreme weather but gradually it just stayed on my face all the time. So I had to do something about it, which meant I actually had to start using foundation. I’ve never had to worry about my face ever. Through my teenage years until a few months ago I had clear skin, with a few pimples every now and then since I do have oily skin. I tried a few different types of foundation and eventually settled on Bare Escentuals and Everyday Minerals because I could build up the coverage without the cakey feeling of liquid foundations. As I was exploring the world of foundations I also realized that having the right brushes could also make a huge difference. For instance I bought a BE kit from Sephora which came with 3 brushes but I actually don’t use those brushes to apply my foundation. I found that I get the best coverage using a flat powder brush from elf. The BE brushes I use for applying blush or mineral veil. If I’m not using my Tarte face brush which is a whole lot softer. I like using synthetic bristle brushes as opposed to animal hair brushes, they seem to last longer and if you buy a good brand they’re softer and won’t irritate sensitive skin. Not all BE brushes irritate me, I do own a antibacterial synthetic brush which came with my Redness Remedy, that is an excellent brush!

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