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All About Brushes: Care & Feeding

Now, after a long journey, we’ve come to the least sexy but maybe the most important part of the All About Brushes series – how to not destroy them! A good brush should last you a long time, but obviously taking care of it will help make sure it lasts as long as it should. There’s not really any single best way to care for brushes, but I’ll lay out the basics of how I do it. Storage Take it from my experience – throwing your brushes just any old place is a  ...

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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  ...

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All About Brushes: Other Brushes & Tools

Now that things have settled down from the holidays, it’s finally time to get back to the All About Brushes series. I’m cheating just a tiny bit on this one, though. Obviously not all of these things are brushes, but they’re still things that are helpful in making makeup be on your face.   Lip brush: Ok, well this particular one is actually sold as a concealer brush, but I like using it for lips. Lip brushes are usually on the small side, and can either be flat or  ...

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All About Brushes: Eyes

It’s time for yet another installment of the All About Brushes series, this time with eye brushes. Once again there are a ridiculous variety of eye brushes, so I’ll be grouping these into general categories, with some notes on how I use them.   Pointed: Pointed brushes – also called pencil brushes – are usually dense and fairly small. The shape lets you place shadow in small areas, like the inner and outer corners, or along the lash lines. Depending on the hair  ...

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All About Brushes: Cheeks

Welcome back to the All About Brushes series! It’s taken kind of a while for me to write this section because I kept changing my mind about how to organize it. In the last section on complexion brushes I grouped the brushes by the products that they’re normally used with; I don’t think that works so well with cheek brushes because they’re a lot more multipurpose. For this section I’ll group them by shape and explain a bit about how I use them. Keep in mind that  ...

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