Updated: Feb 9

Makeup brushes are an essential tool makeup artists use to get the highest quality application. At home users can also benefit from using high quality brushes. If you're looking to up your game in the field of makeup or just want the best look you can achieve at home than investing in quality brushes can put you in the right direction.

Model with large black hat and flowing red scarf. Sleeveless button up black dress. Green eyeshadow with pale pink lip color.
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Consumers spend a lot on skincare and makeup products, but may be missing the one key component to give you a higher quality and longer lasting makeup application. It can be overwhelming to figure out what brushes are the most essential. Amoung the many types, styles and materials used to make the brushes; decisions can be challenging. It is best to start with the most useful and work your way to a collection. For example, a blush brush can be used to apply different products. This Giorgio Armani, Maestro Collection, is a beautiful example of a streamline style. Clean white bristles made of natural goat hair and combing synthetic man made hairs. This was the only brush I found in my research that uses both natural goat hair and synthetic. Goat hair brushes are not made as much anymore even though many professional artists tout the higher quality in results, which I aree. Using powdered products work well with goat hair as it connects with skin better. Yes, this brush is in the higher price point for a single brush. If you are vegan this may not be the brush for you. See next image of Jane Iredale Contouring/Blending Makeup Brush. @giorgioarmani @janeiredale #giorgioarmani #makeupbrushes #qualityapplication #blushbrush

You can use a blush brush to apply cheek color, bronzer, contouring, highlighter, loose powder, or even a base eyeshadow with a blush brush.

Jane Iredale is a vegan choice for a stylish well groomed blush brush. The angled bristles can allow for darkening your contoured cheek and outer frame of face . If you grip the base of the bristles you can tighten the end of the brush for more intense contouring.

A thin edge angled eyeliner brush can be used to apply your favorite gel-liner, or smooth over a penciled in liner to get a softer look, or used to fill in the edge of lip liner for more presicion, and also fill in eyebrows when using a brow product. #makeupbrushesareessential #lovetheskinyouarein


What are the best brushes to use:

There is differing opinions over whether to use synthetic brushes or natural hair bristles. My personal preference is to use natural goat hair brushes. Not only do they feel luxurious on the skin, but also give a refined smooth finish to your makeup application. There can be varying price points when purchasing brushes and also can be misleading as to what the brushes are made out of. So, always double check your product details if you're wanting to use natural goat hair. I have used MAC goat hair brushes for years, but recently read an article in Cosmopotitan Magazine that MAC has moved to full synthetic. In fact, many companies are moving toward use of nylon, polyester and plastic.

I am going to do more research and find some brands of quality and worth the price. More to come...


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