A makeup brush set is almost as important as the makeup itself. The brushes are what evenly distributes the makeup and allows for precise application. Choosing the right ones can mean the difference between flawlessly applied makeup or that which looks haphazard and, in some cases, as if it were applied in the dark or in horrible lighting. When choosing a makeup brush set, consider what each brush is for, what the brushes are made of and their quality, as well as how much the set costs.
The first step in choosing a makeup brush set is to know what each of the brushes is for. Purchasing a large set with a huge number of pieces is a waste of money if the majority won’t get any use. Whatever makeup is applied daily, learn what brushes are best for application and make sure those are definitely in the set. At minimum, you need four: a large powder brush, a slightly smaller fluffy brush (for blush, bronzer, and/or highlighter), an eye-shadow brush the size of a fingertip, and a smaller shadow brush (for smudging and blending). For each, look for a slightly domed shape — it rolls best across the skin with the least drag—and a nice fluffy texture, which deposits less pigment so you can be precise.
While some consist of synthetic materials, other fibers that can make up the brushes are pony, squirrel and goat. Natural brushes are typically fluffier and softer than synthetic brushes and also have a tendency to be more durable and costly. Some may not feel comfortable choosing a makeup brush set that consists of real fibers or they may feel it is the best option for what is often the best quality. The trick here is to use a natural bristle hair brush for the application of powdery makeup products, such as powder, blush and eyeshadow and use a synthetic bristle brush for wet makeup application, such as creams, lipstick and foundation.
Cost can be another factor in choosing a makeup brush set. Some sets are quite inexpensive while others can cost hundreds of dollars. While it may seem that choosing a good makeup brush set is as easy as buying whatever is on sale, it is better to consider other factors as well. In this case, spending a little more money could be a better investment as they could last you for years with the right care.
Take good care of your makeup brushes. Keep them clean and dust-free. Store away from bathroom products and preferably in dust-proof locations such as a container or a bathroom cabinet. Gently wipe down makeup build-up regularly from your makeup brushes. You can use water for synthetic brushes or simply wipe with a tissue for natural bristle brushes.