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The Sephora Guide to Makeup Brushes

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Not everyone can be a professional makeup artist, but you can deliver the same results for your looks with the right tools. Even if you don’t reckon your makeup regime requires the whole range of makeup tools, here are some basic brushes every cosmetic user should own, and how they help make you look picture-perfect!

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POWDER BRUSH

Identify it!  

Soft bristles with a large, fluffy and dome-shaped brush head. Loosely packed, it helps to pick up and distribute the right amount of powder on your face for a flawlessly natural finish.

 

How it works: 

Swipe your brush into compact or loose powder, lightly tap off the excess, and swirl it on your face in circular motions. The brush can be used to apply your blush or bronzer too. Simply apply in a sweeping motion from your cheek up to your temple.

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STIPPLING BRUSH

Identify it! 

Stippling brushes usually have two-toned bristles: a black base with pointed white bristles at the top. The stiff, flat surface of the brush enables a wider and more even coverage.

How it works:

It can be used to apply foundation, blush, and powder. Move the brush in a circular motion, or gently pat it all over your face in a dotting or bouncing motion, for a smooth and even finish.

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BLENDING BRUSH

Identify it!

Blending brushes come in a variety of shapes and sizes but can be identified by their tapered heads and soft, fine and densely-packed bristles.

How it works: 

Use this brush to blend different eye colours or highlight the brow bone. It can also be used to blend concealer under the eyes.

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ANGLED BRUSH

Identify it!  

The bristles are short and cut in an angle, and are gathered to form a thin tip that mimics a pencil.

How it works:

This brush is perfect for precision shading or lining. Use it to line your eyes, brows or lips. It can also be used to blend and smudge your makeup in harder-to-reach creases and areas like your lower lash line.

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EYESHADOW BRUSH

Identify it! 

The bristles are large, brimming, and slightly rounded for overall eyeshadow coverage with just one swipe.

How it works:

Swipe eyeshadow colour from the inner to outer corners along the lower halves of your eyelids. Do a once-over sweep over your eyelids to blend or even out creases, or even to create a more dramatic, fuller look.

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