Make up brushes.

By Joyce Awele

Behind every successful makeup lies the applicator; from the day time look to the night, office and even modelling look lies the applicator; the makeup brushes.
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From covering up foundation unto your face to adding blush to your check born and applying colourful eye shadows and lipstick, makeup brushes let you apply your makeup more evenly which gives your eyes, lip and face a flawless finish.
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I love…..makeup and the first time I was introduced to makeup was exciting for me; the beauty of the colours and how to apply them on but knowing the type of makeup brushes and their uses was quite challenging for me.
I know a lot of you ladies out there would feel the exact same way as I once did so……I did a little research and here is what I learnt from Makeup Geek. With thousands of makeup brushes out there, trying to decide which ones to add to your makeup collection can be overwhelming. However, having the correct brushes can make all the difference in your makeup application.
Now Here is makeup geek Top Ten makeup brushes everyone should own and the correct way to use them.

Flat Stiff Brush.
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This is my go to brush and one I reach for daily. The purpose of this brush is for packing colour on the lid. The stiff bristles allow you to push the eye shadow onto the base easier and allows it to stick. You can also use the tip of the brush to smudge colour under the lash line as well or create a defined line in the crease.

Stiff Dome Brush
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This brush is great for blending out harsh lines and feathering colours. However, the Makeup Geek pointed crease brush has a slightly pointed tip instead of the more dome shape the MAC has. This makes it more precise and easier to use on smaller eyes. This is great for feathering out colour to create a Smokey eye, or for blending out the crease. This brush is meant for blending instead of packing on colour.

Pencil Brush
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This brush is ideal for smudging colour either under or on top of the eye. This can also be used in the crease to give a very defined cut crease appearance to the eye. You can also use this brush in the outer corner of the eye with a dark colour to give added depth and drama to the look of your eye as well. The small size of the brush give you a more precise application.

Soft Dome Brush
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This brushes soft bristles are ideal for blending out harsh lines below the brow bone of the eye using windshield wiper motions. This is also perfect for blending out concealer under the eye to help hide dark circles and bags.

Bent Liner Brush
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This brush is specifically designed for applying gel eyeliner. The bent head makes it ideal for laying on the top of the lashes and dragging the eyeliner out to a winged shape. The pointed tip helps give you a very cat eye, winged out line that makes this brush fool proof when using it.

Dual Ended Lash Brush
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This is one of those brushes where you get double the product for your money. One end has the spoolie that allows you to brush through your brows. The other end is an angled brow brush and great for filling in your brows with a powder or even a gel liner if you want a very crisp, defined brow.

FACE BRUSHES
Blush/Contour Brush
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There are so many of these on the market and in a lot of different shapes from round, fluffy, and even angled ones. With blush you can use many different types of brushes, for me personally I love the angled blush brush.
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You can set the angled brush on your cheekbone and sweep it downward and get an easy and flawless application of blush. If the brush is thin enough, you can take the brush and lay it on its “side” to use as a contour brush to enhance the cheekbones.

Cheek Highlighter Brush
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This brush is completely optional to have but the feathery, soft bristles of this brush give a very nice finish to any product you use it with. I like having this brush and use it to apply highlighter to the top of my cheekbones. You can also use these with cream blushes to stipple the colour onto the cheeks for an airbrushed finish.

Foundation Stippling Brush
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This is for those of you who love a full coverage look to your foundation. The flat head is made for the foundation to be stippled onto the face. This assures there are no streaks in the foundation and gives a very airbrushed and flawless look to the skin.

Beauty Blender
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So technically this isn’t really a brush but how could I not include it? The egg shaped design makes it ideal for getting under the eye and in small areas. This is what I use every day to apply my foundation. It’s easy and quick to pat the foundation on and then I roll it toward the hairline to blend it into a smooth, flawless finish. This is a must have for day to day foundation wearing!
These are the makeup brushes that the Makeup Geek says are must haves for either the beginner or someone who wants to know how to expand their brushes. I highly recommend getting these types of brushes in terms of the shape to get the most out of your makeup application. I certainly hope this helps you in deciding which brushes you need. Much love*kisses and hugs*

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