When you're toting a full makeup bag, it's hard to decide which brushes are worth the space. You don't need to have a lot of options, actually, because even a few helpful tools could already help you get that flawless face down pat. Here, we run down the seven essential makeup brushes that every girl must own:
1. The foundation brush. If you don't want to use your fingers to apply foundation, a good foundation brush is really essential. If you want to layer your foundation for more coverage, choose a brush in a half-sphere shape, like the Shiseido Foundation Brush (P1,500). Because as we all girls believe, using the correct brush blends and buffs foundation properly into the skin, resulting in a smooth, airbrushed finish.
2. The powder brush. It's time to ditch the sponge that comes in your powder compact. Here's the e.l.f. cosmetics studio powder brush (P249.75) to set your powder foundation and help make it stay all day long. Plus, it sweeps away extra product off of your face without messing up your extra carefully crafted beauty look.
3. The eyeshadow brush. Whether it be in the form of cream or powder, you can smoothly apply shadow with precision onto your eyelids with this eyeshadow brush by Maybelline (P279). Because you know, a good eyeshadow brush will pick up a decent amount of the product and will allow you to pack it onto the eyelid with minimal fallout.
4. The blush brush. It pays to invest in a blush brush, because once you find the right one, it does it all. This domed bristle brush of M.A.C Cosmetics (P1,999) picks up and deposits blush to define, contour, and shade your cheeks. Simply apply the brush in a circular motion to the apples of your cheeks.
5. The bronzer brush. Soft, full, and rounded, The Avon bronzer brush (P129) can be used for both compact powder and bronzer. The bristles pick up the perfect amount of colour and distribute flawlessly onto the skin. Load your brush with the powder and shake away any excess before sweeping onto the skin.
6. The concealer brush. The Bobbi Brown concealer brush (P1,499) is perfect for spot correction. As its name suggests, the use of concealer brushes is to even out concealers—to make the product look as natural as it can on the skin. While using a concealer brush, never blend the product out. You should never move the product around, but carefully pat the product onto the skin to conceal the area.
7. The contour brush. Contouring is one thing that, at any cost, cannot be done without a brush. Quite a few people use a blush brush for contouring. A contour brush like this one from NARS (P4,199) has firmer bristles than a blush brush, and a more angled tip. And it is specially designed to help you target the areas that you want to contour and shape.
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