Wednesday 17 January 2018

Andrea Byrne: brushing up - get to know your beauty tools

Get to know your make-up tools with this easy guide to choosing and maintaining brushes

Image from Bare Minerals.
Image from Bare Minerals.
Brush shampoo
BB skin detox
Kim Kardashian

Andrea Byrne

The world of make-up can be a minefield, especially when it comes to make-up brushes. With so many products on the market in different shapes and sizes, how do you know which works for what?

"Often women get caught in a rut with make-up and how they use their brushes. Be more adventurous, try experimenting with different brushes for different product application - for example, eyeshadow brushes make the perfect brush for concealing with," advises Sarah Jane Froome, International Make-up Artist with BareMinerals, adding, "An angled face brush, such as BareMinerals' Blooming Blush Brush, €24, which is a large brush with a slanted edge, is an essential for any make-up bag. This brush is ideal for contouring or adding a touch of blusher to the apples of the cheeks, the angle allows the brush to do all the hard work for you. I would also always recommend a small fluffy headed eye brush for applying eyeshadows - the head fits the lid for the base shadow, plus the point at the end for blending darker shadows into the crease or for creating a 'smokey eye'".

But what's the point in investing in good brushes if you're not going to care for them? It's simple - if you don't wash your brushes correctly, they deteriorate, quickly. Also, dirty brushes means a dirty face. After frequent use, they become lodged with all sort of nasties and therefore are breeding grounds for bacteria.

Sarah Jane recommends that we clean our make-up brushes, especially the ones used for applying complexion products, at least once a week to keep them in the best condition and to prevent bacteria. Allow them to dry naturally with the head of the brush hanging off a ledge to keep the shape. Never place on a radiator to dry. Also, it's best to reshape whilst the hair of the brushes are still damp.

4 of the best hot new products

Orris & Sandalwood Cologne Intense

A powerful floral blend with a difference, from Jo Malone, €130, available from Brown Thomas.

Superdefense Night Recovery Moisturizer

As hard working a night cream as you'll find, €54, Clinique, available nationwide.

BB Skin Detox Fluid

Covers, protects, nourishes and brightens, this new product from Clarins, €41, is the ultimate winter skin pick-me-up.

Blonde Parade

A hair mask from Alfaparf, €14.95, that works to correct, restore and soften every shade of blonde.

How to. . .

clean make-up brushes

Wet the fibres of the brush with warm water holding downwards. Use a penny sized amount of brush shampoo and gently lather into the fibres. Do not stop rinsing until water runs clear. Lay the flower-tip of the brush over the edge of the counter to dry overnight.

Top product

Brush Conditioning Shampoo €12, Bare Minerals

Celeb inspiration

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

Why: Her fashion sense may be questionable but her make-up is always, without exception, flawless. 

How: Kim uses MAC’s182 Buffer Brush, €49.50, as a final step in her foundation routine. It blends and buffs to deliver a seamless,  picture-perfect finish that will last.

Pippa O'Connor


Why: The successful model and fashion blogger is the source of some serious brow envy.

How: Pippa swears by Blank Canvas' E30 Double Ended Eyebrow Brush and spoolie, €7.95, for applying products and achieving that much sought after full brow.

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