Thursday, February 4, 2010

How to choose the right brushes and care for them

Here's a way to test out a brush. Balance the brush on its very tip. Hold the brush vertically on the back of your hand, bristles down, and lightly bounce the brush to test the strength of the bristles. They should only have a slight bend; if they splay or flatten completely, then the brush will be too difficult to use, and the makeup will go everywhere except where you want to put it.

When doing detailed work such as applying eyeliner or defining a brow, you need to add a little pressure with your brush as you apply it. If you have a bad brush the slightest pressure will move the bristles from 1mm to 5mm. And that is huge distance when talking about eyeliner.

With all brushes is a 50/50 ratio, you can buy an expensive brush or a painters brush and get a better outcome with the cheaper painters brush from the craft store. So this is a handy tip when going out to buy brushes.

To properly care for your brushes wash them once a week with a brush cleanser. I use paint remover which works great it is a soap. It washes clean. After I have cleaned them I use germx hand sanitizer. Let them dry on a towel.

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