The 4 Makeup Brush Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

You already know that creating a perfectly polished makeup look is simpler and more gratifying with specialized, high-quality brushes. (And nope, the teeny sponge and brush applicators that come with your compacts and palettes don't count.) But did you know that how you handle them is just as crucial? Claro que sí. Here, then, with a little help from celebrity makeup artist and Melt Cosmetics cofounder Lora Arellano, is the lowdown on the most common makeup-brush mistakes women make.


1. You’re not getting rid of excess concealer onto the back of your hand.
"Because correcting products tend to be heavy, place concealer onto the back of your hand to warm and soften the product before applying it onto your face. I also prefer using a fluffy brush with blended fibers, like Japonesque Fluff Concealer Brush [$14,]. The fullness of the brush helps blend out the product, especially when using a heavier corrector, and the rounded tip helps get into small areas around the eyes."
2. You're using an eye crease brush that's demasiado grande.
"People tend to use brushes that are too big for the crease and the shadow ends up spreading out far too much. The ideal crease brush is smaller than a traditional shadow brush. It also has soft, fluffy bristles that help blend the shadow and a rounded tip to help guide the color along the crease. I recommend the Royal and Langnickel S.I.L.K.Crease Brush [$9.99,]. You can do a great smoky eye with this brush."
3. You're not using an angled foundation brush, therefore leaving certain parts of your face un-made-up.
"When I first started doing makeup, I would always miss the bottom of the nose. It's important to have a tapered foundation brush that reaches all the little spaces of your face, like around the edges of your nose and under your chin. I really like the Sigma Beauty F86 Tapered Kabuki Brush [$24,]. It's not flat like a traditional foundation brush. And I always recommend going back with a moist BeautyBlender [$24,]. This extra step will make the skin look more like your skin."
4. You're using way too much pressure when applying your blush.
"You should use very light pressure when sweeping the brush across your cheeks. Really, the brush bristles should hardly bend on your skin. And be sure to shake the brush after you've dipped it into the blush powder to dust off any excess. Also, I like the Make Up For Ever Blush Brush 160 [$44,]. Its long bristles make it really easy to control, resulting in a fresh, flushed look."


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