In my clutch bag I have a miniature make-up bag that holds all of my essentials for a quick-fix up, just in case I decide to make an impromptu trip out with some friends. All that is missing is a pair of stiletto shoes and a short skirt, but at least I have my trustee make-up bag. The content of which contains a miniature make-up brush, eye shadow, blush, powder, lipstick, eyeliner and mascara. These are a must-have accessory for any woman on the go and a good way to prepare for a last minute decision to join her fellow work colleagues for a few drinks at the local bar!
On the subject of makeup brushes I find retractable ones very useful, as they take up very little space and usually do the job fine. But if I were to have planned my night out in advance I would have decided to use a very different brush to have a different effect. As much as the layperson will not know the difference between makeup brushes using the right one can create an almost flawless look, or create a frighteningly heavily made-up person with an eye-sore of a face!
Makeup brushes come in different sizes, making a dramatic difference in the way the make-up will look like on the individual. The perfect application is one that allows a subtle change to the persons face, enhancing their features enough for people to notice your radiant beauty. These brushes can be purchased separately or as a kit, which will have a supply of blusher brushes, eyelid and eyebrow brushes. Buying them separately may prove to be more expensive, but is worth every penny for creating the right look.
There no such thing as a single universal brush that can apply each and every bit of makeup in the exact same way, this is why there is such a wide variety of make up brushes. Eyelid brushes are smaller with a pad on one end to apply the colour and a brush on the other end to blend the makeup in. Eyebrow brushes look like a small toothbrush and is used to smooth any tiny hairs into its shape. Some eyebrow brushes can come with an eyelash brush which is used to separate each individual lash and may even be used to apply extra colour. Aside from using the actual lipstick, one should avoid applying this on too thickly, which is why it is also handy to carry a lipstick brush. These are thin with very fine bristles, making it easier to apply lipstick, lip gloss or lip liner.
The most important brush is the powder brush which helps to smooth the powder onto your face and neck. These usually have a wooden handle and come in various colours and sizes. A good brush that compliments the powder brush is the concealer brush, which is used with cream concealers that further hides away any flaws and blemishes. These are normally tapered and flat headed for easy application.
Finally we have the favourite blusher brush which is thick, full, soft and is used to glide on the blush colour across the cheek. This helps to bring out the apples of one's cheek, defines ones face shape and compliments the rest of the make-up. Keeping these brushes in good condition is not very difficult and it is surprising how a frayed brush can ruin ones look which is why it is worth keeping them well looked after!
Always wash the brushes after each use, wiping off any excess residue of makeup. This can be done using lukewarm water and a mild shampoo, being sure to reshape them after washing them and then drying them out thoroughly. Never rub them in between two rough towels and aim to dry them hanging upside down so they keep their shape.
Always keep a separate supply of make up brushes, one for light colours and another for darker colours, never mix the two. If your brush becomes frayed at the ends, do not use it and replace it for a new one. Never share makeup brushes as there is a high risk of cross contamination. Taking care of your brushes will ensure that they last a long time and create the desired look upon every makeup application.
Anna Stenning is an expert on maintaining make up brushes having worked as a makeup artist in the past.