Tired of searching for perfect makeup brushes after disappointment after another? Stop wasting your dollars and shop for brushes like a pro! of course, half the battle is also taking care of them…don’t start cursing at that newly brought frayed out bristle when you’ve been abusing them.
#1. Be picky about the material: synthetic, nylon/taklon or natural?
Synthetic brushes are man-made with smooth bristles and don’t hold powders well. Good for gradual layering and build up of colors. Best for creams/liquids. Tends to get stiffer with age and it’s also less expensive for companies to make.
Taklon/Nylon: types of ingredients in synthetic brushes. Taklon is used in higher grade synthetic brushes, so if you must buy synthetic, look for Taklon.
Natural: Best for powders. Holds powders effectively because of the natural scales hairs have. Lasts longer than synthetic and gets softer with increased use!
#2. Don’t keep brushes in the bathroom cabinet. humidity from hot showers can loosen bristles and the moisture can be a breeding ground for bacteria - irritating acne or causing new ones. Store them in a cool, dry place by the vanity instead.
#3. If you can only afford one good brush, let it be a face brush. You may getaway with a cheapie sponge tip applicator for eyeshadows, but don’t risk it with your foundation! A great foundation brush can give you a more even and faster application compared to a cheap one. A good quality one won’t irritate your skin, and will only get softer with use unlike it’s drugstore counter parts. Don’t be afraid to splurge on a concealer brush either - covering up acne should be mess free, pain free and fast.
#4. Never place them upright after cleaning. If you do, the water will pool towards the glue area of the brush, loosening the bristles. Instead, lay them flat on a paper towel and air dry. Use MAC Brush Cleaning Solution as it will preserve the bristles better than regular shampoos. It will also decrease drying time too! Hooray!
#5. Don’t blow dry them or lay them under the sun. It will ruin the glue on brushes - no matter how much you’ve paid for them! Guaranteed to see some future splaying and hair loss. That’s how one of our clients ruined a $700 set of Kevyn Aucoin makeup brushes!
#6. Lipstick Brushes - don’t buy them unless you plan on cleaning them everyday! Leftover or dried up color pigments overtime can ruin lipstick brushes with mold and bacteria. Save your money and leave them to professionals. Apply lipstick or gloss from the tube instead.
Need a makeup summer getaway? Ditch those bland everyday neutrals and slip into something more exciting - Naked from Urban Decay! An every artist must-have for the everyday eyes with a pop! Best of all, it’s now finally sold @ Sephora in Vancouver! We got ours from Sephora Metrotown in Burnaby.
- Contains 12 neutral (with a dose of quality shimmer) eyeshadows and their cult primer potion + Good Karma Eye shadow brush with Mirror
- Encased in an ultra sleek chocolate velvet case for easy carry on
- Great for summer vacations and impromptu road trips - no more packing multiple eyeshadows and brushes, just take this and go! Has enough colors for any even and it doesn’t hurt that it has a mirror too!
- Colors are universally flattering
- Easy to blend & highly pigmented
- Effortless smokey eye with their Dark Horse shadow! Looks mute n’ dark on the palette but when brushed on - it’s ultra sexy!
- Create a variety of looks in one palette, no complaints on any of the shadows. So you get more bang for your buck!
- Because the packaging is velvet, it tends to collect hair or loose eyeshadow powder - so it’s easy to look like a fuzzy mess. Keep it clean!
- Gold letters may chip off with a lot of bump n’ grind, so pack it well when traveling!
- Not for someone who needs a vibrant look - all these shadows are soft n’ subtle and may require a heavy hand if you want to add more intensity
- May not be the best if you have dark skin since the colors are so soft you might end up with a hint of shimmer instead! Once again - don’t be afraid to pile it on if your skin is on the darker side.