All About Brushes: Powder Brushes
This is the last step in my daily makeup routine, so it’ll be the last ‘brush type’ category in the All About Brushes series (don’t worry though – brush care is still coming up!). Lots of brushes can be used with powder products, but for the purposes of this section I’m specifically referring to ones used to apply setting or finishing powders. For the most part, powder brushes tend to be on the large side, to cover lots of area at once. However, you may also want to use smaller brushes (which can double as blush, highlight or contour brushes) to apply powder in smaller areas like under the eyes or around the nose. Like cheek brushes, there are a huge number of shapes, sizes and handle lengths to choose from, so these are just extremely broad categories.
Round: The round shape with a sort of flat top lets you swirl the brush in the product to pick up powder, and then swirl it lightly over your face. This particular brush also has loosely-packed and very soft hairs, which helps avoid disturbing the other products you’re wearing. I like this type best for finishing powders.
Tapered: The slightly pointed tip on a tapered brush gives you a little more precision in placing powder, but still covers a lot of area. This one is more densely packed, so the hairs will stay in place if you press the brush against your skin. That’s good for setting powder, so you can set your cream or liquid products without moving them around. It also works well with finishing powder too.
See, like I said, very broad categories! If you have questions, feel free to ask in the comments (or email me, or tweet, or… you get the idea).