The right brush makes all the difference in the world when applying make-up. Like an artist creates different effects with a paint brush so can you! E.L.F. has an inexpensive line of quality brushes and is a great place to get started when figuring out which ones work best for you. You can also try out the newest method using a silicone make-up sponge. My daughter loves it. She says it goes on smoothly, cleans up easily and doesn't waste your foundation!
MAC also has a high quality line of brushes. There are many styles, colors and gift sets available for purchase.
Make-Up Brushes 101
Natural Bristles work best with powder products and Synthetic Bristles work best with liquid or cream products.
Foundation Brushes: Apply foundation to the center of your face and sweep outward toward your hairline for a seamless finish.
Beauty Blender: Dampen with water and dab on foundation for even, sheer coverage.
Kabuki Brush: sweep bronzer along your temple and your hairline, cheekbone and jawline in a "3" shape.
Powder Brush: Dust the bristles across your face to evenly diffuse loose powders for less concentrated color that won't smudge your foundation.
Angled Blush Brush: Swirl the bristles with blush on the apples of your cheeks, and then hold it at an angle and glide it along your cheekbones.
Blending Brush: Like the name implies, blending brushes are used to blend different colored products and to wipe out harsh lines. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The heads of blending brushes are usually tapered. This will be your second staple brush (behind your eyes hadow brush).
Concealer Brush: Used to cover blemishes and imperfections on the face, concealer brushes have a thin, pointed tip, much like a fine-tipped paintbrush.
Crease Brush: Fluffy and soft, crease brush heads come in several different shapes, from thin and tapered to round and fluffy. The shape you choose will depend more on personal preference than anything else. Look for a brush head that feels soft against your eyelid and fits into the hollow of your eye.