One thing I have for sure learned is that you need the right tools to do a proper job when it comes to makeup. I was once more than happy to use those little sponge applicators that came packaged with eye shadows, I had no idea how much better a decent set of brushes would help with even simple eye looks.
I had had a conversation with a co-worker about her application techniques and she remarked that she never used lip liners and if she did need a nice outline she would only use a lip brush. Up until this point, I had never thought about really spending money on brushes because how much better could it possibly be? Turns out it can get way better. I did some research and dropped about $20.00 on a small brush set that consisted of powder, eye shadow, smudge, concealer, and lip brush. I really only wanted the lip brush but the whole kit set me on the right path for bettering my makeup routine. The lip brush did help me outline and define my lips more than just using the bullet but it was when I tried the eye shadow brush that I really learned what the right tools can pull off. No more was my eyes a raccoon-like mask but now I could control the definition between the colors and with the smudge brush I could work the colors into each other, it was literally a game-changer for me.
I don’t spend a ton of money on brushes or tools and a few web searches will give you tons of results for some cheaper brands like E.L.F and Wet N’ Wild, they usually have some pretty decent reviews for their brushes and they are very affordable.
I started off getting some foundation sponges which are really great to apply foundation in my opinion.
I place a small amount on the back of my hand and with a wet sponge use a stippling motion to apply to my face. If I run out or need to build up the foundation I can simply add more to the back of my hand. I paid 5.00 for a package of 2 at Shoppers Drug Mart.
I have picked up 2 different styles of foundation brushes. The E.L.F. pointed foundation brush and the Still flat brush. I have not yet really had a chance to sit down with these and see if they give me any better results as the sponge does, guess that is an idea for another post.
After watching a few Youtube makeup application videos I decided to pick up a beauty blender (or knock-off) sponge. I mainly use it to blend out my under eye concealer to lighten the area. Regular retail price at Shoppers Drug Mart is 8.00 but I think I picked it up on sale.
These can be used for foundation application as well but I find the I get more coverage from the flat sponge and I really like the pointed end on the blender to do the concealer under my eyes and blend it out.
Like I said at the beginning, I used to be happy with the little sponge applicators that came with all the eyeshadows for years (and still do) to apply my eye shadow. It was not until I picked up my first real set of brushes that contained an actual eye brush that I was swayed into spending more on tools. I have picked up a few more sets since then from E.L.F. by way of there Christmas gift sets which usually come with a large assortment of shadows plus at least 2 or 3 brushes. The smaller brushes let you have so much control over how much product you apply or even the thickness of the lines you want, for me, it was truly game-changing when it came to the finished product.
I still have issues with blush as far as control and actual placement of the application. This brush does a decent job and lets you take control of the amount of product you can apply.
My E.L.F. Contouring brush came packaged with a contouring kit as well, with 4 colors to define your face. It is a wide thick brush that does require a light hand when picking up the actual product. The first time I used it I had to take off all my makeup and start again because I went way too heavy-handed in the dark color.
I had seen some videos showing people using fan brushes for highlight application and thought it would be a great idea to try. After some more research though it turns out most people say no to the fan brush. It’s a little too light to really pick up any product. But this was a gift from the wife so I will try and find a decent use for it.
I have a few very nice and fluffy E.L.F. brushes for my powder application. I have a total face brush and a powder brush. The total face brush has a rounded tip to it and the powder brush has a flat top which works for stippling you setting powder onto your face.
The Eco-tools lip brush is a very thin stiff bristle brush perfect for lipstick application. I take it right off the bullet and use the edge of the brush lightly to try and line my lips then using it on the flat I can fill in the entire lip area
then go over them again straight from the bullet. I find this way gives me the best coverage. I wish I was a little better with lipstick, even with outlining I end up with very small looking lips. I have tried overlining but then I end up like a clown, I need to find a happy medium.
Getting ready and Cleaning it all up.
Yeah, I guess these are technically not tools, but they are also kept near my tools so I will include them.
From left to right: Olay oil minimizing toner, Olay Complete combination / oily Moisturizer, Mary Kay eye makeup remover, and Garnier Micellar water makeup remover.
I recently picked up the Toner to use after I shave as when I try to get really close before foundation application I find that the next day I am starting to break out. I am hoping this will give that extra little clean up after to stop that. So far I have had the chance to try it once and it did seem to limit the ammount of spots that popped up after shaving.
Olay complete Combination / oily moisturizer is truly great for the price. It’s amazing that after I use this my face feels so soft, it even amazes me some time. Quick to set in and does not leave a greasy feeling, with a very light scent.
Mary Kay oil-free eye makeup remover does just what it says it does. It will remove even waterproof makeup and really just peels away the eyeshadow with a couple swipes.
Garnier Micellar water in normal to sensitive skin. I bought this one a while back and have yet to test it on a whole face full of makeup. I really wanted this for lipstick alone just in case some of the ones I have are staining.
Not shown are my Olay daily facial clothes which I really like as well. Not even sure they still make the same ones I have. I purchased in a double pack and they are so good I usually cut them in half and it still has a ton of cleaning power.
A final note is keeping your brushes clean. These are coming in contact with your skin and can become dirty quite fast. There are literally hundreds of website telling you how to and how often you should be cleaning your brushes and in the long run cleaning them can only increase the length of time you can use them for.
So there you have it, all the brushes I currently use or own. It’s not as huge of a collection as some may have but so far they either all have a purpose of I am still working on using them.
Have you picked up any brushes yet? Do you plan on it? and if you did and have how did you feel when you used them?
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