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Knowing your makeup tools and their effects is just as important as your technique and skill. In fact, they’re all kind of a package deal. You can’t really improve your technique and fine tune your skills without thorough knowledge of the makeup tools that you are using.
First things first, it’s always a good idea to invest into quality makeup tools like brushes and sponges. Buying a better quality item will cost less in the long run due to its durability and ability. A poorly crafted brush will shed bristles easily and/or not function properly and thereby wasting time and energy. If you can’t afford to purchase a set of brushes all at once, begin with just one brush and add on when you can. Choose the brush that you are likely to use the most as your starter brush and buy the others in order of use.
In addition to owning quality makeup brushes you should also invest in a really good sponge or two. You can find makeup sponges in a variety of shapes and sizes so you’ll have to shop around for what suits you. A good sponge will last longer than a poor one and are usually easier to clean. Additionally, the quality of makeup application is vastly superior to those purchased in large packs. Know Your Makeup Brushes
Once you have your brush(s) you will want to practice using them to understand their capabilities.
Powder Brush – This brush is the one that will likely get the most use. You can use it to apply powder foundation, blush, to blend and to buff.
Fluffy Angled Brush: These are used to apply blush with precision. It gives accurate application of powder blush to the cheeks or bronzer. You can also use this brush for contouring.
Kabuki Brush – The Kabuki brush has a very short handle knob with wide bristles. The bristles range from very rounded to very flat, depending on the brand or type of product you use with it. This brush is mainly used to apply and buff mineral foundation powder. However, it can also be used for finishing powder, blush, bronzer, contouring or to gently blend makeup.
Fan Brush – This brush actually has multiple uses and can be used to apply blush, to blend foundation, to remove excess powder or pigment and to highlight the cheekbones.
Brow Brush – This brush is small and angled to achieve an even application on your brows. It allows for continuity and smoother application than a brush that is cut flat across the top.
Lip Brush – These brushes are normally very small and are used for precision lining and a more even application of lipstick or lipgloss. It also helps to blend lip liner into the lipstick or to blend colors.
Eyeshadow Brush – These brushes are usually medium sized with a slightly rounded top. They are good for applying and blending eyeshadow, but can also be used for application of concealer to a large area.
Concealer Brush – These brushes are narrow and tapered at the end to allow concentrated application to a small area.
Brow Brush and Lash Comb – One side of this combo tool is perfect for taming your brows and sculpting them into shape. The other side has a small fine toothed comb that removes clumps from your eyelashes.
Eyeliner Brush – This brush is super small, round and sometimes has long bristles depending on the brand you choose. Use the eyeliner brush to apply gel or liquid eyeliner. You can also use it to smudge pencil liner for a smoky look.
Blending Sponge – Blending sponges are the perfect tools for applying liquid foundation smoothly and evenly. There are many different shapes to choose from, but the most popular seems to be acorn shaped because it can get into smaller areas.

Everyone focuses on colors, shades, techniques and such, but many don’t pay attention to healthy makeup. Keeping your makeup fresh and taking care of your cosmetics, including tools should not be overlooked. It is very important to wash, clean and/or sterilize your makeup and accessories on a regular basis. It’s also important to toss out expired or tainted cosmetics to prevent illnesses.

Keep Makeup Healthy
Washing your makeup brushes should be done no less than weekly and professional makeup artists should use clean brushes for each client. Makeup brushes are easy to clean if you begin when they are new and continue to maintain them. To clean a brush, first roll the bristles in a drop or two of a mild soap, gentle face cleanser or moisturizing shampoo. Gently roll the brush on the palm of your hand a few times to thoroughly coat the bristles with soap. Now place your hand under warm running water and continue rolling the bristles around until the color runs clear. Blot the bristles with a clean dry towel and lay it flat to dry.
If you use a liquid foundation that comes in a bottle, then either pour it out onto the back of your hand or on a dish and dip your finger or sponge into it. You can also use a small cosmetic spatula or cotton buds to extract the foundation. For cream foundation you can use a tissue or paper towel to wipe off the top layer. It’s best to use a sanitized sponge or a brand new sponge every time you apply cream foundation. If you dip the same sponge back into the foundation then use a clean side instead of the one you just used. This helps to prevent any bacteria from your face transferring onto the foundation.
Bacteria in pressed eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers and highlighters can be minimized if you use a clean brush. If it’s a product that you use often then scraping top layer either with a spatula, piece of card or paper towel to remove any germs that may be there. Now just lightly spritz it with rubbing alcohol and allow it to dry.
Lipstick can easily become contaminated because it has more opportunities to come in contact with undesirables. It is the most reapplied cosmetic product and often shared with friends, which increases the risk of contamination. Fortunately there’s a simple way to effectively clean them. Begin by wiping off the top layer with a tissue, paper towel or cloth. Turn the lipstick up to expose about ¼ inch, dip it into rubbing alcohol for 30 seconds, remove, gently dab the excess off and allow it to dry.