Make-up tools: Brushes

Posted on Mar 9 2016 - 4:00pm by Samantha Clark
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If you’re like me, shopping for makeup brushes can be one of the hardest purchases, it’s a total boggle; From the type of brush you need and the components in which they’re made from to how to look after them, it can be a total mindfield, especially when there are so many variations on the market with an incredible range in price. So we thought this an important topic to cover. After all we want to get the most for our money and ensure it’ll compliment our beauty preferences. To get to the bottom of it, we talked to the beauty experts at ZOEVA

The different kinds of brushes and how to use them:

Starting off with the base, everybody has a preference for a specific foundation brush. There are many different options to choose from, depending on the desired finish and the foundation formula. A rounded foundation brush or buffer is perfect for blending in liquid or cream formulas to leave a flawless, streak-free finish; whereas a stippling brush does not pick up as much of the product and distributes it evenly for a natural finish. The same applies for the formula of blushes: Powder blushes or bronzers are best worked in with natural hair, for cream products however, it is best to choose a synthetic brush. Whether you love a smoky eye or a natural look, there are some absolute essential eye brushes you should have in your kit: For example, a fluffy blending brush is a must to get rid of harsh lines and a flat eyeshadow brush is perfect for pressing the pigment softly onto your eyelid. For a more dramatic look, an angled eyeliner brush is the ideal tool to perfectly enhance the lash line.

How many you typically need:

For a basic everyday makeup look I cut it down to my all time favorites: a good foundation brush – e.g. a stippling or a buffer – depending on how thick your foundation coverage should be; a soft, fluffy eyeshadow brush for blending out harsh edges; a tapered blush brush to achieve a natural glow and finally a big powder brush to ensure a matte finish.

Synthetic vs. natural:

Natural bristles have great blending properties and are ideal for all powder products. Synthetic hair is ideal for cream and liquid based products as it ensures smooth and streak-free application.

How to wash and take care of them:

Cleaning your brushes on a regular basis is essential for a healthy skin and the best makeup result. Particularly, natural hair needs careful cleaning – treat it like your own hair. After washing, shape the bristles to its original shape and lay flat to dry. Professional brush soaps and mild hair shampoos will work perfectly as a cleanser. A drop of conditioner works great as an extra treatment for marvelously soft brushes.

When to change them:

It is very important to look after your brushes and clean them regularly. This will prolong and maximize the soft feel and smooth application of our handmade brushes.

  1. Blending brush is essential for creating ombre looks! Brush: ZOEVA 221 Luxe Soft Crease
  2. Angled cheek brush will give a contoured look- ZOEVA 128 Cream Cheek
  3. ZOEVA’s 105 Highlight brush is perfect for highlighting your cheekbones, nose, cupid’s bow or décolleté
  4. ZOEVA’s 106 Powder Brush is the perfect accompaniment to loose and pressed powder
  5. ZOEVA’s 101 Face Definer ideal for powder and contouring the face

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