Sunday, 5 June 2016

Introduction to Brushes: Part I

know your brushes
Brushes plays a huge role in my makeup routine. To be honest I don't know how to apply my own makeup without it. I will feel so lost without it. Brushes is my most favorite "cosmetics" products ever. Many doesn't understand the differences and types of brushes they should use and I get stares from my own friends for owning too many. Probably enough usage for at least 3 persons use.


There are three parts to a brush:
  • Hair Bundle
  • Ferrule (Plated area to hold the hair bristle)
  • Hander
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There are three types of brushes too.
  • Face Brush(es): Powder foundation/ Blush/ Bronzer etc
face brushes
  • Eye Brush(es): Eyeshadows / Eyebrow / Eyeliner
eye brushes
  • Lip Brush(es)
lip brushes
Mac Cosmetics labels their brushes with numbers hence it's easier for most of us. If their brush that starts with "1" it is for face and body. Brushes that starts with "2" are for the eyes and those that starts with "3" are for the lips.
There are three types of bristles/hair:
  • Synthetic
  • Natural
  • Duo Fibre
synthetic brushes
Synthetic hair makeup brush: Man made and their bristles is made from mostly nylon or polyester fibre. Often dyed into brown or white and sometimes black. They are very straight, smooth and has a plastic feel to it and looks shiny.
Synthetic makeup brush uses:
  • Great for liquid and cream products
  • Do not have cuticles so products won't trap in it
  • Use less makeup products, save money in a long run
  • Apply without much streaking because they are not clumpy and gunky
  • Hair tends to gravitate towards each other making them perfect for precise application
Not suitable for:
  • Powder products
  • Eyebrow (Depends on each individual)
Suitable for:
  • Gel Liner
  • Lip lining
  • Facial Mask
  • Liquid/cream foundation
  • Face primer / Moisturizer
  • Picking/packing up glitters
  • Concealer

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Natural hair makeup brush: Typically made out of various animal's hair, from goat's to squirrel's. Texture is very much like our own hair. Often dyed in black, brown and even white.
Natural makeup brush uses:
  • Great for powder products
  • It has a lot of cuticles hence they can pick up more products
  • Natural hair bristle moves freely hence they are great for blending
  • The more you use them, the better they get (It's like season your brushes)
Not suitable for:
  • Liquid/cream foundation/products
  • Gel liner
  • Lip lining
Suitable for:
  • Loose powder
  • Blush
  • Contour / Bronzer
  • Eyeshadows
  • Eyebrow
  • Highlighting

duo fibre brushes
Duo fibre makeup brush: Combination of synthetic and natural hair makeup brush. They are often black with white feathery ends.
Duo fibre makeup brush uses:
  • They are great for powder, liquid and cream
  • Giving an airbrushed effects without effort
Not suitable for:
  • Powder foundation (not enough coverage)
  • Facial mask
Suitable for:
  • Liquid/cream foundation
  • Liquid/cream blush
  • Highlighting

Don't worry, this is just part I of introducing to brushes. I will cover more on each types of brushes and uses next.
Part I:
Part II:

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