For the best results with your makeup, you need the right tools to apply it. Beauty expert Sandy Gold shares which brushes are must-haves in any makeup kit, along with tips on how to use and clean them.
Used to apply powder products like loose powder, foundation and bronzer.
The powder brush covers the largest area on the face so invest in a good quality natural hair brush in pony or squirrel so it feels nice and soft and lasts you a long time.
Place the brush into the product the same way it's going to touch the face. The powder brush is used head on; apply in a circular motion to buff and blend the product into the skin, so that it looks flawless.
Used to apply blush and add depth to the cheek.
Look for a tapered head so the brush can apply blush and also contour at the same time.
Hold the brush on its side to apply blush and head onto contour.
Angled Eyeliner Brush
Used to help you apply a straight line of eyeliner along the lash line. This brush can be used with powder, cream, gel or liquid liners.
To achieve a straight line, press the brush, head on, into the product, then into the lash line in small baby strokes until one solid line is achieved.
This brush can also double as an eyebrow brush.
Fluffy Crease Brush
Used to apply eyeshadow into the crease of your eye, it can also double as a blending brush to remove any harsh lines.
Look for a soft fluffy brush with a tapered end, so that it fits perfectly in the crease.
Cleaning Your Brushes
Good brushes are an investment, so you should take care of them and clean them regularly. Give your brushes a quick clean every day to remove any oils and prevent product build-up. A thorough cleanse every one to two weeks helps prevent bacteria build-up. For a quick clean if you're at home, on-the-go or traveling just gently run your brush over a face wipe.
You can also make your own brush cleanser by adding a few drops of tea tree oil to water in a spray bottle. We Used Thursday Plantation pure tea tree oil. Just spray on a paper towel, wipe and go!
You should take some time every one to two weeks for a more thorough cleanse. Grab some rubber gloves so you can use really hot water, and lather the brush hair up with a gentle soap until all the product is removed. Rinse and lay flat to dry with the hair hanging over the edge of a table so the brushes maintain their fullness and shape.
We used Dr. Bonner's Organic Shikakai hand and body soap, and Magic Pure castille classic soaps.