2015/07/07

Tiny Make-up guide: Brushes and tools


As you know: I love make-up. I use make-up everyday, I use make-up as a very important piece of my cosplays, my career includes doing make-up for others, and I'm also in many other way addicted to it. I have a large collection of different make-up tools and brushes and what else, but if you want make even your daily make-up routines easier: You really don't need so much of those. One thing making the whole face paint times easier is having the right tools in the right use. And if you have used just some brushes in some techniques without knowing how they're supposed to use - that's ok, but if you want to learn more about make-up tools: Hopefully this post is going to help you. Let's get started!



1. Powder brushes
Kabuki & basic, you can use whatever you feel best about, and some people use kabuki brush with blush too - but I use it when putting my days' first layer of powder because I feel it easy to tap the powder everywhere with kabuki, later I can use other tools for powder as well in little touch-up situations.
2. Blush
Very close to powder brushes but better on blush when they're softer and wider, so the blush wont look too strong.
3. Foundation
What makes foundation brushes different from brushes 1&2 - is that they're most likely synthetic material. And the most important thing with all of these is Powder/Blush brushes are best when they're made of real hair - foundation brushes work better when made of synthetic materials.



4. Other synthetic brushes
All of synthetic brushes are best when it's about some liquid or waxy kind of make-up. Real hair will kind of suck the make-up in, and will be ruined more effectively when used with that oily products. Synthetic brushes are easier to use, handle, clean, and keep in good condition than real hair brushes when it is about wax/liquid/oily products. Of course you can use them with other kind of products too - but then it is harder to make any good outcomes.

Examples of products I use synthetic brushes with:

Neutralizers, correctors
Body paints
cover make-up
gel make-up



5. Eyebrows 
Eyebrow brushes are often synthetic too which makes them better with eyebrow wax and stuff. The other kind of brush is as you know - brushing. But its more important use is blending and shading.
6. Eyeliner
Eyeliner brushes can be in many different shapes for you to find the best one for your use and technique but the best note with them is also to use the right materials with right products. For example synthetic brush for gel eyeliner etc. Just like with other brushes and products I told before.


Eyeshadows

Almost every brush can be used as eyeshadow brush, but I prefer to use real hair brushes in that case. Everyday make-up will also be easier when you have simple brush-code for different eyeshadows. (And here I'm talking about simply pressed powder -kind of eyeshadows) Here's example of my brush-code:
7. Wide, large and soft brushes
- are for lighter colors like white and vanilla. I use a lot of light colors for making better effects on my make-up so these are the best brushes to work with when making some light and even large areas.
8. Tighter, a bit harder, and smaller brushes
- I use them for colorful effects. When the brush is harder, it's easier to tap the color right into its place especially when it's about some effect what really needs pigment. Tinier brush is great for some more detailed work.
9. Mid-soft and tiny brush
- is only for black eyeshadows. With that dark color should always be careful anyway, black can ruin everything so easily - so one brush for black makes all the routines more carefree.
10. Soft and kinda ''every way brush''
- I use it mostly when I have all other brushes messed with different colors or when I'm using some very neutral tones.
11. Soft angled brushes 
- These are the keys for the golden land of successful make-up! I use these only for fading. I apply chosen eyeshadow with some other brush and if it's not smooth enough I'll fade it with these brushes. Everyone using eyeshadows in daily basis should have one fading brush. 



12. Lip brushes 
- can be made of almost any material. I don't have any important rules for these, it's only about talent when it comes to lips you know haha.
13. Mascara
- These brushes are for applying mascara. They're not used very often, and I don't even recommend using them on your own make-up. They're made for MUAs to apply mascara for client, but it's very rare to see even MUA using those... If you've seen some bigger fan brushes, they're for base/contour fading and other stuff like that, these are just little mascara brushes.
14. Other
- here are the ones I decided to quickly introduce to you this time. I don't even know why I took this tool for this because you know - these are False eyelash applicators. No words needed.


15. Make-up blenders
Everyone has their own way of putting the make-up foundation, and one way is to put it on with these kind of blenders. Although it's not the only thing they're used for! I don't apply my foundation with these BUT THEY ARE EXCELLENT TOOLS USED AS ERASERS. When something goes wrong with make-up you can easily use a blender to fix it - like with an eraser.
16. Pallet and spatula
- These are also mostly used by MUAs, but I see them extremely handy when I'm doing some new make-up pastes too. For example I've made many my own mixtures to get myself some fake skin paste for fantasy make-ups etc. (Bc I just wanted to try out many things when not having any latex or stuff atm) So that kind of try-outs these are kinda handy tools.


If you had struggles with finding the right brushes for your make-up, hopefully this might help you now on! I would really appreciate if you would tell me what thoughts you have about these kind of posts and did this help you in any way? Would you like more guides, 101's or tutorials?

....And oh yeah, what do you think about my new layout? All updates aren't ready yet and I'm not satisfied with the system where blogger shows up fonts as comic sans if loading is too slow haha. (I hate comic sans too much tho')

Have a nice week! ~*