DECIPHERING POWDER BRUSHES

All of a sudden, there are a ton of powder brushes that are being offered in the market. But the question is: Do you really need all of them?

Here's an entry that explains the purpose of each and every powder brush. You might only need at least two. But if you love make- up, it's enough to justify why you have to get all of them.





STIPPLING BRUSH

Designed to create an air- brushed look. The edge of the stippling brush's hair is usually made of synthetic fibers, while the bottom part of the brush is thicker, and is made of animal hair. The edges of the hair are fine so as to control the distribution of powder for a more natural finish.


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KABUKI BRUSH

Correct me if I'm wrong, but methinks that Shu Uemura popularized this brush. It's designed for powder application on the face and body. It provides medium coverage. It can also be used in bronzers too.


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BIG FAN BRUSH

A fan brush is actually used to sweep away eyeshadow fall outs and excess powders, but bigger fan brushes were made for a velvety and sheer powder coverage. It can also be used to create a chiseled look on your cheeks.


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FLAT TOP BRUSHES

These big, fat babies are designed to impart full coverage. It's best used on traditional and mineral powder foundation.


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MINERAL POWDER BRUSHES

Specifically designed to apply Mineral make- up powders. Mineral powders are quite hard to work with because of their texture, that's why the cosmetic industry introduced a brush that will evenly distribute and buff loose and pressed mineral powder on the skin. Mineral powder brushes also come in angled styles for better buffing.


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DOME POWDER BRUSHES

These are the biggest and bad- ass brushes in the world of make- up tools. They're thick, fluffy, and rounded. They're designed to impart medium to full coverage. They can be used for face and body powder application, and are ideally used on traditional pressed finishers. They are also used to apply bronzer too. Chiseled dome brushes work just the same, but the edge of the chiseled brush can be used to target planes and corners on the face.

SMALL POWDER BLUSHES

It's best used on the corners of the face that the dome powder can't reach. It is fluffy, yet it tapers at the ferrule part for a compact look. It can be used to apply powder on the under eyes, lids, corners of the nose, chin, and Philtrum.


MEDIUM SIZED POWDER BRUSH

It's the everyday powder brush. It is rounded at the top, and it can be used on loose or pressed finishers. It's a travel- sized version of the dome powder brush.

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4 Lovely Thoughts

  1. I'm obsessed with brushes. One can never have too many. .. or maybe that's the addict in me, talking. Haha!

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  2. Sara: Same here! I was giving my brushes their much- needed bath yesterday, and I've realized that I have way too many brushes. I went online and browsed a couple of stores and there, I kept on telling myself again I need this, and this, and this...AND THE LIST GOES ON! :D

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  3. i dont own much brushes ^_^ because i apply e/s using hands, and my cream blush with bare fingers too hihi.. (tamad mode)

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  4. rhaindropz: yeah i do that too sometimes. :) with e/s, i still prefer using the tools. but if I'm too lazy to put e/s, I just use my middle finger too. :)

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