Achieving long-lasting and natural makeup is possible if you choose precise ‘weapons’ and follow the advice of the best makeup artists. Making your own toolbox will never be easier. (Do you know what brush you need)
Perfect for: “drawing the upper lash line and a flattering corner,” explains María Moreno makeup artist for Catrice.
Do not use it: as a multifunction brush. “With any other use, its ultra-fine tip could warp.”
A plus: it is perfect for applying the elusive liquid or gel eyeliner.
Perfect for: applying the concealer in the area around the eyes. To avoid clumps, use the back of your hand like a painter’s palette. By controlling the amount of product, you avoid the “raccoon effect”.
Do not use it: abruptly, “make soft strokes to avoid printing the line.”
A plus: you can also use it to blur cream shadows.
Perfect for: “achieving an ultra-light finish when you apply a powder or cream highlighter”.
Do not use it to: spread the blush. “It would not be defined.”
A plus: thanks to its fan shape, it is perfect to give a highlight to the browbone. With this gesture, you widen your gaze and raise your eyelid.
Perfect for: “polishing mineral makeup (it contains organic ingredients)”. To achieve an even finish, put a small amount of product on a lid or on the back of the wrist and impregnate the brush in a circular motion.
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Do not use: in the area around the eyes. “You create a very heavy layer that cracks over time,” explains María Moreno.
A plus: if you have taken a lot of product, blow if it is dust or discharge the excess in your hand. ((Do you know what brush you need))
Perfect for: “vanishing all kinds of shadows”. Blend the shadow horizontally and upwards to achieve a gradient effect (the idea is that the cuts are not noticeable). Then, contour the eye, outside and inside.
Do not use it to: put the base shadow on the mobile eyelid. “This type of loose bristle does not achieve very defined lines.”
A plus: its edge is ideal to put the light shadow under the arch of the eyebrow.
Perfect for: “applying any color formula (glaze, frost, satin, luster, matte, gloss …)”.
Do not use it to: smudge eyeliner or apply eye shadow.
A plus: it also serves to outline the lips. Take a small amount and draw the outline. Make energetic circles in the center of the lipstick. Soak it well and fill the mouth. Ultra-natural finish!
Perfect for: “putting a moderate amount of powder shadow on the eyelid”. If you want maximum definition, moisten the brush and paint the entire eye socket.
Do not use it: with long-lasting cream shadows. “These types of textures are very difficult to remove from a brush with such compact bristles.”
A plus: “it can be used to blur. Put the pigment with the tip and blend by laying the brush on the eyelid ”.
Perfect for: camouflaging dark circles, redness, pimples … To improve the result, Estée Lauder advises “to apply a light layer of concealer and blur the edges.”
Do not use it: with shadows and powdered pigments. The color would be amalgamated.
A plus: it can be used with a fluid highlighter to highlight sunken areas of the face.
Perfect for: “achieving a perfect gradient on the upper eyelid or making a homogeneous application of color in this area.”
Do not use it: with fatty products. “The bristles harden and … Goodbye brush!”.
A plus: to enlarge the eyes, extend a light shadow to the outer corner of the eyebrow and brush the tear duct.
Perfect for: “Applying makeup and / or fluid textures. Its fibers provide precision and a velvety finish ”, says Esther Montoro, make-up artist at Make Up For Ever.
Do not use it to: set any powdery texture (blush, sun powder, etc.).
A plus: it can be used to add precision to concealers or highlight specific areas.