Benefits of brushes

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Beauty expert Una Tynan, shares why brushes are the best way to get the perfect facade.

“Using brush tools not only is a more hygienic way to apply make-up but they also give a more even and flawless finish. A brush will move along the contours of the face or eye and when it comes to blending, will always be more effective than using your fingertips.”

It can be hard to know which size and type works best for what you’re looking to use it for though. Luckily Una has a great rule of thumb, noting, “The smaller the area you're applying to, the smaller the brush and vice versa.”

Get the low-down on some of the types of brushes you can get your hands on and how to use them:

Foundation brush

For this brush we recommend popping a bit of your foundation onto the back of your hand, dipping the brush into a little of the liquid/cream/foam and begin spreading it onto your face from the centre outwards. That way you can blend and make sure there are no obvious lines, just go about long, broad strokes to ensure an even finish. For those tucked away spots, use the tips of the bristles of the brush to cover.

Blending brush

This is the finishing tool after applying foundation. All you need to do is hold it from the tip of its handle and swirl around your face in circular motions, from your eyelids to the crease of your nose. It promises smooth and flawless results, with no obvious marks left after.

Powder brush

You’ll want a big brush when it comes to loose powder so you can pick up as many pigments as possible. Dip the brush into the powder to coat the ends, shaking off any excess, and apply to spots which need the most coverage, such as cheeks, forehead and nose. Lightly dust the product on, using the brush to spread it and give a good finish, and gently spread the powder outwards so you don’t have obvious non-powdered areas.

Blusher brush

We suggest an angled blusher brush to add a spot of colour to your face. Twist the bristles into the blush to coat them with the colour and then do a swirl on the apples of your cheeks, before moving it with the angle and guiding it upwards along your cheekbones. This will create a natural, warming effect as well as definition.

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