Sometimes make-up application can be intimidating and even more intimidating are the use of make-up brushes. Professional make-up artist to the stars, Fiona Stiles tells Teen Vogue how to care for and choose the correct make-up brushes.
Q: Why is owning the proper makeup brushes important?
A: You can't get the control you need with your fingers and sponges. If you were a carpenter, you wouldn't use a ruler to hammer in some nails! It ends up wasting product when you don't use the right tools, because you can't apply if efficiently. Plus if you take care of your brushes you can have them for a lifetime, so they are very much worth the investment!
Q: What can you do with brushes that you can't do with other makeup application techniques such as sponges, using your fingers, etc?
A: Brushes let you be so much more precise than using your fingers or sponges. You can't blend eye shadow with your fingers and applying powder blush with your fingers or a sponge is a recipe for disaster. With brushes you can draw on a perfect 60's winged liner, or beautiful wash of color, or add depth and contour to your eyes. You can give yourself a believable sun kissed glow with bronzer or a fresh and pretty flushed cheek. All of which is almost impossible without brushes!
Q: What tips do you have for using makeup brushes? Are there any special looks you can create by using them?
A: There are so many different sizes and shapes of eye shadow brushes, it can get a bit confusing! But they all do different things so it really depends on how you like to wear your makeup. Thin, pointy brushes are perfect for lining the eyes. Small, stiff angled brushes are great for filling in brows or pushing liner into the base of your lashes.
Q: How often should you clean your brushes? What's the best way to clean them?
A: Realistically, try to clean your brushes every month. You don't want to have a bunch of bacteria growing in your brushes, especially the ones you use to cover blemishes with! You don't have to buy anything special to clean them with, your favorite shampoo will work just fine! For your brushes that are harder to clean, like lip brushes, eyeliner brushes (especially if you use a gel liner) and concealer brushes--basically synthetic brushes--you can use dish washing soap. It really breaks down the oils and gets them super clean. To dry them squeeze out the excess water with a paper towel, or a dishtowel, and lay them flat to dry. Letting them dry overnight means they're ready to use again in the morning. Don't blow dry them with a hairdryer, you can totally damage the hairs that way. Sunbeams are fine, so a sunny windowsill can speed up the drying process.
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