Brush up on your beauty skills
Stephanie Lyew, Gleaner Writer
We've just had a stroke of genius ... and we're going to share the knowledge. It's time to brush up on the touch-up tools. Check out these tips on avoiding the 'brush-off' the next time you visit the cosmetic store.
- Types of brushes
1. Powder brush: also known as the Kabuki brush, it's used to dust powder on to your face. It is a finishing brush that eliminates shine.
2. Blush brush: used to add and blend colour to cheeks. There are two forms - the angle brush and the straight-edge brush. The angle brush is easier to use because it is designed to match the cylinder of the cheeks where you will apply your blush.
3. Eyeshadow brushes: There are several types; depending on individual preference, one may use whichever shape and size to apply eyeshadow. However, a medium-size one is usually used on the lid, a smaller one to line the socket of the eye and a larger one for highlighting. The crease brush is usually for the highlight and contour, and is great for the smoky-eyed effect.
4. The concealer brush: used mostly under the eye and nasal-labial folds (or laugh lines) to apply concealer that covers dark spots. There is also a sponge concealer brush but professionals don't often recommend its usage as cleaning is very tedious and may prove unhygienic.
5. The foundation brush: you need one that wonÕt crease; a good foundation brush is flat and has long bristles.
6. Eyeliner brush: because the area to which you will apply liquid eyeliner is small, the brushes tend to have smaller tips than the average make-up brush. This type of brush requires precision and steadiness of hand.
7. Mascara brush: There is the comb-through brush and the fan brush. The fan brush gives slight enhancement and is popularly used by professional make-up artists, especially when applying mascara to male models and individuals who are allergic to mascara solutions. The fan brush is used over a tissue that is layered across the lash.
8. Lip brush: is more effecient than in application than lipstick and lipgloss straight from the containers. The lip brush gives extensive coverage that allows for longer-lasting effect. Professional lip brushes are usually longer.
9. Brow brush: used to apply powder in the brows, giving a more natural look.
10. Fan brush: Commonly called the clean-up brush, it's used to sweep away excess eyeshadow.
Choosing your brush
1. A good brush will last more than 15 years. The brand does matter. Always request the best and test your brushes when buying them to see if the bristles are sturdy or fall out easily. Gently tug on the bristles; brushes that lose bristles easily will apply make-up unevenly.
2. Brushes made of animal hair are of higher quality than ones made of synthetic material. These may be made of goat, sable, pony or other animal hairs. Synthetic brushes are good for liquid, cream or oil-based make-up.
3. If you plan to apply make-up on other persons' faces, disposable brushes will be your best option.
- Cleaning tips
1. Brushes should be cleaned at least once per week.
2. Use a light shampoo, such as baby shampoo and warm water, to clean the brushes.
3. Then you can use a brush cleaner with a piece of hand towel (preferably two-ply to avoid material being stuck in the brush bristles) or cotton to wipe the brushes.
4. Always lay flat to dry.
5. For on-the-spot cleaning, use the brush cleaner and hand towel after applying make-up to each individual.
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All make-up brushes and additional items were courtesy of Urban Beauty, Shop 3, The Village Plaza, 24 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 10. The
Saturday Life Style team would like to thank Jeneva Whorms and Kemesha Parkins for information and tips provided.