All you need to know about makeup brushes

MANY people use makeup products, including brushes, sponges, blenders, puffs, among others, but not many know that various makeup products should be used with the appropriate applicator. This will not only help to reduce the spread of germs across various parts of the face, it will also ensure that these applicators last. Renowned makeup expert, Bobbi Brown, shares some examples of basic makeup brushes and their uses:


Foundation brush

Use a foundation brush with any foundation for a polished look. You can also use this brush (when clean) to apply moisturizer all over the face or pot rouge on the cheeks.


Eyebrow brush

Use the eyebrow brush to apply eye shadow to brows. Start at the inner corner of the brow and follow its natural shape using light, feathery strokes.


Eyeliner brush

The eyeliner brush makes it easy to draw a precise line with powder shadow and can be used dry or damp. Liner on the top lashline should be thick enough to be visible when your eyes are open.


Concealer blender brush

The concealer blender brush’s firm, tapered bristles make it easy to apply concealer on hard-to-reach areas like the inner corners of your eyes and along the lashline.


Sheer powder brush

The sheer powder brush is a ‘three in one’ brush that works well with blush, face shimmer or powder. For the most natural look, lightly tap the brush to remove excess product before applying.


Eye shadow brush

Use an eye shadow brush to apply a medium shadow colour on the lower lid, up to the crease. For the most flattering effect, choose a shadow that enhances your eye colour.

Brush cleaning spray

To quickly clean brushes between makeup applications, use brush cleaning spray. Once a month (or more often, depending on use), shampoo brushes with conditioning brush cleanser.