Must-have makeup brushes
When your job is a makeup artist, it’s inevitable that you will be slightly obsessed with makeup brushes. Having the correct and good quality brushes will make the application of your makeup easier and flawless. Now I have rather on obscene amount but I've managed to narrow them down to a core collection for you. I have chosen MAC as they have a wide range of natural hair and synthetic brushes. They also have a very good price point. So here are The Grown Up Edit's Selection.
188 small duo fibre face brush £28
Flat-topped circular brush for lightweight application and blending of any formula. This can be use with any formula, powder, liquid, cream or pigment. You can use this for your foundation, contouring and cream blusher. If you like a heavier base then use 190 foundation brush. You can always use your fingers too to apply foundation, contouring and cream blushers.
129sh powder/ blush brush £28
An all-purpose brush for blush or face powder.
195 concealer brush £20
A flat brush with a slight pointed tip for precise application and blending of concealer. It can also be used as a highlighter brush for those smaller area like your cupids bow.
246 synthetic fluffy eye brush £20
A medium-sized fluffy eye brush that applies powder and cream formulas. This is a perfect brush for the base layers (paler shades) of your eyeshadow.
228 mini shader brush £16.50
This brush has natural fibres that are slightly round-tipped and firm. The small shape of the brush allows for precise yet soft definition. Makes creating the perfect smoky eye easy. Can also be used for blending into the crease of your socket.
231 small shader brush £16.50
A pro-quality brush that lets you apply and move around colours like an expert. This is perfect for blending your eyeliner into the shadow for smoky eye. Or use to apply the a highlighter into the corners of your eye for a natural look. If you are only able to buy a few brushes this can also be used for concealer and lipstick.
263 small angle brush £16.50
For lining or shaping the eye or eyebrow. Flat-shaped with an angled tip. Firmly distributes colour over the lid and into the corners.
204 lash brush £11
Brush that applies mascara products, separates lashes or even grooms brows.
316 lip brush £16.50
A brush for controlled lipstick application that comes with a metal cover.
My other option for you to buy is Real Technique. They are made with taklon bristles and 100% cruelty-free. These brushes were developed by makeup artist and beauty blogger Sam Chapman. There are two sets to buy. Core collection and starter kit. This will cover all your needs.
Looking after your brushes
Most makeup brushes are made of hair which is why I always use shampoo to clean them. If you do have something oily and stubborn (like lipstick) on them use an anti-bacterial hand wash or fairy liquid. Squeeze the excess moisture out of them with some kitchen roll, then just place them in a glass to dry, this will usually only take a couple of hours. I clean my brushes every day at work because I use them on different people but if you’re against time, I would definitely advise cleaning them once a week. It will keep your skin and your brushes healthy and make them last longer.