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Guide to Makeup Brushes

May 28, 2020

Guide to Makeup Brushes

You deserve to look your best.

Beautiful makeup goes beyond your fingers. Professional makeup artists know that the correct tool takes makeup to the next level.  Knowledge is power, but knowledge is also beauty.  Learn the options and you will never regret investing in quality brushes.  

Luscious Kabuki Brush

What to use it for:  Loose or baked mineral powder.

Mineral powder brush of choice for Foundation, Finishing, Bronzer. Also used for blush, body shimmer or highlighter. 

  • The brush innovation that evenly and effectively delivers powders smoothly to skin and melds them into your pores for the most natural finish.
  • Natural hair of the right density, length, and softness on shorter handles for ultimate application control.
  • Natural hair absorbs colors and oils and provides more even distribution of powder over the skin for a more natural appearance.
  • Useful to camouflage discoloration on hands and legs.

 

VEGAN Soft Touch Kabuki

What to use it for:  Loose or baked mineral powders.

Foundations, primers, finishing powders, bronzer. Looser head provides less coverage than Luscious Kabuki which makes it excellent for finishing powders.

  • Synthetic fibers are longer and less dense than natural hair kabuki.
  • Provides a lighter dusting of powders compared to Luscious Kabuki.
  • Hypoallergenic fibers are gentle to sensitive skin.
  • Synthetic fibers are less likely to shed.
  • Clean and dry quickly as fibers do not absorb color.

 

VEGAN Oval Incredible Brush

What to use it for:  Large format for foundation and contours: Liquid, cream, or powder.  

Small format for primers, contours, concealers. 

  • The large format latest innovation in brush design is THE choice for liquid or cream foundations. Excellent for baked mineral foundation but natural hair kabuki is still preferred for loose mineral foundation powders.
  • The soft synthetic densely packed fibers feel like velvet against your skin and provide a smooth and flawless surface.
  • Grip handle improves ease of use
  • Excellent blending ability.
  • While often recommended for blush and bronzers, the density of fibers is not ideal. It is helpful though for blending applied blush or bronzer into skin for natural contours.
  • Small format is excellent for applying eye primers with one or two swoops.
  • Small format easily blends cream concealers into targeted areas.
  • Hypoallergenic fibers are gentle to sensitive skin.
  • Synthetic fibers hold more color and are less likely to shed.
  • Clean and dry quickly as fibers do not absorb color.

 

Brush and Blend Contour

What to use if for:  Blush, bronzers, contours. Finishing powder. 

  • Blush brush preferred by professional makeup artists for airy, sheer blush application.
  • A fluffy brush for setting a soft wash of color along the cheek bone and feathering into the skin.
  • Tapered head enhances contours of face and cheekbones.
  • Feathered edge produces slimming contours along the sides of face, along the jaw bone, or under the chin.
  • Looser hairs make it ideal for a soft dusting of finishing powder over face and neck.
  • Longer handle keeps strokes light.

 

VEGAN Jumbo Flat Bronzer

What you use it for: Blush, bronzers, contours. Powders, creams, liquids.

  • Flat headed brushes are our favorite blush brush as it makes it easy to feather blush color to softly define cheekbones.
  • Versatile for bronzer, blush, or contours.
  • Flat surface allows ease of shading blush for natural glow.
  • Hypoallergenic fibers are gentle to sensitive skin.
  • Chubby handles are comfortable in hand while long enough to allow light application.
  • Synthetic fibers hold more color and are less likely to shed.
  • Clean and dry quickly as fibers do not absorb color.

Bronzer Elf

What to use it for: Blush, contours, color correctors.

  • Flat headed bronzer brushes are our favorite blush brush.
  • Flat head allows one to lightly add color in a downward motion along cheekbones.
  • Excellent for bronzer as a natural looking blush or contour tool.

 

VEGAN Chubs Blender

What to use it for: Foundation, blush, concealer, contours, primers. Powders, creams.

  • Beautiful makeup is all about blending and this bush is the choice for blending blush or bronzers for color or contours.
    • Easily applies concealer to targeted areas before or after foundation application.
  • Smaller size brush head controls areas of application.
  • Hypoallergenic fibers are gentle to sensitive skin.
  • Chubby handles are comfortable in hand while long enough to allow light application.
  • Synthetic fibers hold more color and are less likely to shed.
  • Clean and dry quickly as fibers do not absorb color.

 

VEGAN Camouflage Fine Brush

What to use it for: Concealer. Corrector powder.

  • The best brush you never knew you needed. I
  • Synthetic fibers hold more color and put the right amount of concealer or corrector exactly where you need it.
  • Made to be used wet or dry, this is the perfect tool to conceal under-eye discoloration, hide blemishes or age spots, cover spider veins, or blend away discoloration wherever it is found on your skin.
  • Gets into hard to reach areas and provides a smooth application that seamlessly blends cream or powder into the surrounding skin.
  • This will become the first brush you reach for each morning to apply foundation powder under your eyes to camouflage those dark, circles that often appear first thing in the morning, before your eye cream does its work.
  • This is an excellent brush for applying eye shadow or contouring shades around the eye.
  • Apply foundation over lids all the way up to the eyebrow to even out color and open your eyes for a more youthful appearance with natural color.
  • Applying Beryl Translucence powder or a hint of shimmer along the ocular bone, under the eyebrow, highlights and opens up the eyes for a more youthful appearance.
  • Use to apply a hint of sheen or shimmer on the middle of your lower lip to make your lips appear fuller.
  • Hypoallergenic fibers are gentle to sensitive skin.
  • Clean and dry quickly as fibers do not absorb color.

 

VEGAN ANGLED BROW BRUSH

VEGAN BROW DUO BRUSH

What to use them for: Color, tame, and groom the perfect brow shape. Powders or balm.  Scalp camouflage color in areas of thinning hair.

  • Angled task brush precisely contours brows with minimum strokes.
  • Flat edge brush is softer for filling in sparse brows by gently coloring   skin as well as eyebrow hair.  Excellent for brow balm format.
  • Stiff angled edge is thick for maximum control to color and shape brows.
  • Diagonal cut edge is made for keeping stray hairs of eyebrows in place while depositing a feathering of color.
  • Firmer bristles groom hairs in place while feathering color for natural appearance.
  • Both brushes useful for shading scalp with brow balm to camouflage thinning hair.
  • Useful to apply a smudge of liner powder above the lids. It allows you to deposit a thicker line of color without looking too defined and harsh. This will make your lashes appear fuller.
  • Useful for applying eyeliner when a broader line is desired.
  • Hypoallergenic fibers are gentle to sensitive skin.
  • Clean and dry quickly.

 

VEGAN Flatheads

What to use it for: Brows, soft liner application, smudges, shadows, concealers/correctors.  Scalp camouflage color to cover roots in areas of thinning hair.                               

  • This is our favorite style brush for application of brow balm to sparse brows. We liked it so much we commissioned a custom brow brush that combines this style with the firmer grooming bristles of a regular brow brush. See VEGAN Brow Duo.
  • Softer synthetic bristles gentle apply color to skin where brow hairs are sparse to enhance a look of fullness.
  • Applies a smudge of liner color when a softer, less defined line is desired.
  • Synthetic fibers hold more color for targeted concealer/corrector application.
  • Synthetic hairs are ultra-soft for excellent coverage and ultimate smoothness.
  • Works with both creams and powders.
  • Hypoallergenic fibers are gentle to sensitive skin.
  • Less likely to shed.
  • Clean and dry quickly.

 

Eyeshadow Duo

What to use them for:  Eyeshadow, shading, contouring, smudging.  Brow color.

  • Eye Contour DuoI - Our most popular eye shadow brush with sable hair which makes it ideal for the eye area. One side is rounded dome for broader swaths of color over lids and brow bones. The second end has shorter hair with a slight angle to reach corners and creases.
      • Eye Contour Duo II - This smaller brush with Kolinsky sable dome fluff end for shadow application and a pony angle for reaching corners. The angle edge is ideal as a brow brush.
        

 VEGAN Duo Multi-task -Soft synthetic fibers for shadows and liner.  Versatile for correctors or concealers.

 

VEGAN All-Over fluff 

What to use it for: Eye shadows, shading, camouflage. Soft brow color.

      • Single soft as silk fibers for applying layers of color on eyes, brows, or brow bone.
      • Useful camouflage brush for cream or powder concealers.
      • Use to apply a hint of sheen or shimmer on the middle of your lower lip to make your lips appear fuller.
      • Hypoallergenic fibers are gentle to sensitive skin.
      • Clean and dry quickly as fibers do not absorb color.

 

VEGAN Ultimate Liner Brush. Ultimate Slant Liner Brush.

What to use it forEyeliner. Powders, creams, gels, cake.                                    

      • High quality taklon fine point liner is everything it needs to be for flawless definition of your eyes.
      • Straight or slant brush angle is personal preference. 
      • Perfect eyeliner is an art and small size allows you to vary eyeliner from barely there, narrow, wide, or dramatic. 
      • Taklon synthetic bristle hold extra color without clumping.
      • Ergonomic handle makes it easy to control movement of brush in small areas for professional results.
      • Excellent for wet or dry applications: powders, creams, or gels.
      • Precision bristles allows for smooth application of successive layers.
      • Narrow format provides a fine line under lower lashes.
      • Hypoallergenic fibers are gentle to sensitive skin.
      • Clean and dry quickly.

 

Angled Kolinsky Brush

What to use it for:  Blending eye shadows, liner, smudging, smoky effects. Brow color. Concealer.

      • One of the most versatile brushes for classic shadow or liner, the smoky eye, or for emulating dramatic runway trends.
      • A brush that applies, builds, and blends eye makeup to create a range of beautiful results.

Small head and tightly tapered brush hairs allow you to control exactly where you deposit powders and gels.

      • The dome shaped edge is ideal to smudge color for a smoky eye.
      • Use to apply liner and shadow near the lash line.
      • Smudge liner for a softer effect.
      • Create a perfect line wet or dry.
      • Excellent for application of concealers and correctors for smaller areas.

 

Soften and Smudge Brush

What to use it for: Blending eye shadows, smudging liner for a soft subtle eye, smoky effects.

      • A soft, short flat brush with rounded head.
      • As with the Kolinsky, adds precision and definition around the eyes.
      • Blends shadows into each other for a soft feathering appearance.
      • Perfect to smudge eyeliner pencil or use eyeshadow as a liner.

 

Retractable Lip Brush

What to use it for: Smoothest professional lip color application.

    •  For ultimate smoothness and definition, makeup artists know that a lip brush makes a difference. Period.
    • For utmost precision, use a lip brush to apply color along the outlines of your lips, fill in color, and form perfect corners.
    • Lip brushes avoid inevitable smearing.
    • Ultimate control over the opacity of the lip shade. Especially helpful with bright lip colors.
    • Convenient sliding case keeps brush clean.
    • Keep one in your purse loaded with lip color for midday touchups.


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