The 7 Makeup Brushes Every Woman Should Own
Makeup brushes are like stationery, they can become a weird obsession. And before you know it you have more brushes than you can fit in your makeup bag and you’re not wholly sure what to do with most of them. So take January as your excuse for a fresh start and a clear out, or, if you don’t own any decent brushes, a time to stock up on a capsule wardrobe. We called on makeup artist Pablo Rodriguez who has worked on countless catwalk shows and campaigns to help us streamline our makeup bags once and for all. Keep scrolling for the only seven brushes you really need and more essential knowledge.
Real Techniques Setting Brush (£7)
This brush is ideal for applying concealer around the nose if you suffer from redness and for blending concealer under the eye for a seamless finish. You can also use it to buff in highlighter.
Synthetic vs. Natural
Synthetic bristles don’t absorb oils, which makes this fibre the right choice for liquid and cream formulas. Whereas natural bristles are porous, making them a much better choice for powders as they will pick up more product and will also blend them into your skin better.
Pablo recommends washing your brushes once every week. “You don’t have to be too strict though, I have to wash my brushes after each use but when you’re just using your brushes on you, you don’t have to be so strict,” he says. “Oil- and water-based formulas can breed bacteria so you should clean these brushes, whereas the ones you use for powder you don’t have to worry about so much.”
How many brushes do you own? And how often do you wash them? Let us know in the comment box below.