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Text: Margaux Knuppe; Photography: Peopleimages.com

August 15, 2011

Brush up!As with most things in life, application makes all the difference when it comes to makeup. “High-quality brushes are designed to pick up just the right amount of pigment and help ensure that it’s evenly spread so you can add colour effectively,” explains makeup artist Sylvie Hurford. Here are our top 3 reasons why you should make makeup brushes your new BFF.

1 They blend better than fingers 

Want smouldering, smokey eyes or the perfect winged eyeliner? Sadly, your fingers just aren’t up to the job! When it comes to eyes for example, a small, fluffy brush is perfect for blending shadows, while a flat one is better for picking up colours and applying them to your lids with minimal fallout.

TIP: Make your brushes last by cleaning them from base to tip with mild soapy water. Rinse and leave to dry on their side or upside down.

2 They help apply the right amount of product

A good foundation brush can be used with either liquid or cream formulations so you can keep an even complexion all year round, whatever the weather. It helps to evenly smooth liquid foundation on skin, and provides much more coverage… without using excessive amounts of product.

TIP: A flat top or pointed brush shape will effortlessly build colour and coverage for flawless skin.

3 They make your products last longer

Wearing red lipstick? Use a brush for a more precise finish. They’re perfect for creating a defined mouth without lip liner. It also makes your lippie last longer as a third of the lipstick bullet is in the base, which is only accessible with a lip brush.

Looking for more ways to brush up? Well, this is what you really need to know when it comes to keeping your beauty tools clean.

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