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Remove Eye Makeup

  1. Always remove all your makeup before you wash your face.
  2. Take a cotton ball and wet it thoroughly with the remover.
  1. Start working on one eye at a time.
  1. Start with the upper lid and swipe the cotton ball a couple of times exerting minimum pressure.
  1. If maximum gunk has come off, use another cotton ball to remove the remains of the upper lid makeup.
  1. Repeat the same with the other eye.
  1. Use a fresh cotton ball soaked in eye makeup remover to give a final cleansing.
  1. Now move on to the lashes and kohl part.
  1. Be careful while doing this as too much of the makeup remover might burn your eyes.
  1. You can use a cotton swab/ear bud to reach the innermost corner of your eye.
  1. Use as much as the remover and cotton as required to thoroughly remove all the makeup from your eyes.
  1. Now remove the rest of the makeup from your face.
  1. Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face.
  1. Dab on some toner to close the pores.
  1. Use adequate moisturizer to pamper your skin.
  1. You can also dab on some under eye cream to provide some relief to your eyes.

How to Remove Eye Makeup Using Baby Shampoo?

  1. Remove off makeup from the rest of your face.
  1. Splash water on your face, concentrating on your eyes.
  1. Pour some baby shampoo onto your palm and work out a rich lather.
  1. Apply this on your eye and make some to and fro motions.
  1. Splash water again to remove the soap content.
  1. Repeat if required.
  1. Wash your face using a mild face wash.
  1. Follow your CTM routine – it’s very important to use a toner post washing your face, as it helps close the pores and makes skin healthier. A toner is also known to reduce blemishes.
  1. Dab on a good moisturizer.
  1. An under eye cream makes the skin supple and help you avoid eye bags and dark circles.

Remember, the baby shampoo might not be effective where long stay eye makeup products have been used.

Vaseline can also be used to remove eye makeup, but the waxy feel that it leaves behind requires further extra cleansing. Just swipe across a cotton ball smeared with Vaseline on the makeup and cleanse as usual.

Olive oil and almond oil can also be used like makeup removers, but they’ll sting the eye if they get in. This is one of the best solutions to the question of how to remove eye makeup naturally.

These are some safe and popular methods of eye makeup removal. Hope you would try these methods next time while removing your eye makeup.

3 Ways to Play with Color Mascara

 Just the tips

Grab your normal, everyday black mascara and sweep it on your top and bottom lashes. Next, try a crazy color! We went with Inglot Cosmetics Colour Play Mascara in 02 Green, which is a highly pigmented, almost electric green, and applied it just to the tips of the top and bottom lashes. Presto! A subtle-yet-still-visible color on the tips of your still-proper eyelashes. You can’t even see it unless you get pretty close, but when you do, it’s like your entire soul suddenly gets how awesome this is.

Halfsies

For a more obvious look that is still not in “Rainbow Brite” territory, try swiping your top lashes with black mascara and putting color mascara on just your bottom lashes. This can be fun to try with gently varying shades, say, black on top and navy on bottom, or add a cobalt on the bottom for a little more oomph. This works especially well with blue shades, because they’ll make the whites of your eyes look brighter, the same way blue-based red lipsticks will make your skin tone look cooler. “You look different! But…why?” – Everyone at work.

Let’s Blend

Your black mascara is about to get a facelift. Sweep on a coat of black mascara, and then do a second coat of a vibrant color mascara of your choice (what about purple? or burgundy?) Look at that! Is it black mascara? No. Is it color mascara? Adding a coat of color mascara to black makes the black appear multifaceted and a bit more interesting, without making you commit to Krazy Kolor Lashes all the way.

Don’t just treat colored mascara as a fun way to switch up your outfit, or an alternative to brightly-colored eyeshadow. Each colored mascara has its own special superpowers. A bright electric blue one is great for making the whites of your eyes appear even more blindingly white (perfect for the morning after a night out) whilst a deep plum tone is ideal for enhancing brown or hazel eyes. A glitter-drenched mascara will even give your lashes a subtle sparkle on the dance floor (or bus to work) without making you look like you’re stuck in a try-hard ’90s time warp.

If you’re a human who prefers to never leave the house without polishing your eyeliner-and-mascara combo to perfection, then this is the lavished-lashed look for you. In dark purples and navy blues, it offers the perfect way to refresh your office attire, whilst electric blues, pinks, and emerald greens create a gorgeous festival eye.

If you’re desperate for a way to add drama to your daily makeup routine without making your face look too “busy,” then a bright or uniquely colored mascara with a prettily paired-back face and lip is your new beauty best friend. A quick and easy way to add a playful touch to your daytime style, statement colored lashes make a perfect partner for picnics, beach outings, and just generally putting an extra spring in your step.

Already the queen of colored mascara?

Pro and Tips for Making Lipstick

You know when you’re out in public, feeling put-together because you’re fully done up and rocking a seriously bold lip? That bright color is really helping you feel good—you know it looks good. Then, after awhile, you forget you’re wearing lipstick, and you go to the bathroom. After glancing in the mirror, and…your lipstick looks fuzzy. And you realize that it’s happened: your color bled! Tiny little lines of color, subtly spreading from the top of your lip line to the skin under your nose. Suddenly, you look all smeary, like you don’t know how to apply makeup.

Both Lucero and Stambro agree: generally, it’s not you, darlin’, it’s your lipstick. Lipstick is, as Stambro puts it, “a creamy product on top of a moving surface.” Meaning, as we laugh, kiss, and eat, the emollient substance slips around a bit. Lucero echoes that, saying that color won’t necessarily stay firmly on the lips, especially if you’re using something with “a really creamy formulation, or if you’re wearing a balm underneath that’s too greasy.”

According to Stambro, the more shine or gloss a lip product has, the more likely it’ll bleed. And Lucero concurred, adding to the list any lippie that looks “frosted” or “containing a shimmery pigment.” She also notes that the feel of the product itself might tell you even more about it’s lasting power.  “If it feels like a butter or balm and slippery to the touch, it does tend to run more,” she says.

Lip liner can help, especially if it’s a good one. Lucero actually uses liner afterapplying lipstick, to shape the lips. “This helps to lock in the color, and seal it inside the lip line,” she explains. And if you don’t want to buy a matching liner every time you get a new lipstick, go with a pencil that matches your natural lip color.

Handy helper #2: the right brush

When I asked what about application might help lipstick last longer, our experts were of one mind, citing brushes as the way to go. Lucero was really emphatic, and says that she tends to use concealer brushes for the job. “A brush is sooo helpful—it helps you spread the pigment evenly, especially if it’s a brighter color. Start by applying your lipstick lightly, as if it were a stain with your brush. Blot, and then build up to the color you want,” she explains. With liquid lipsticks, the process is a little different, and less is definitely more. “I never use the wand that comes with them, because they put on too much product. I’ll just take a lip brush, start on the center of the lower lip, and sort of paint it on,” she says.

Stambo’s secret formula? A bit of foundation as a base, liner plus lipstick, and a dusting of powder.  “I prep lips with a moisturizer (possibly a scrub, too, if they’re extra dry). Then I apply a touch of foundation over the lip line—not the whole mouth,” he explains. He follows with liner in the exact same color as the lipstick, and then applies the color using a brush. To perfect the line, he goes over it again with the liner, “to make sure the lipstick and pencil blend really well.” Finally, he blots gently with a tissue, and goes over it all with a light touch of powder using a big powder brush. “Or,” he explains, “you could use an eye shadow in the same color as a lipstick.”

Women and Their Eyebrows

1. The Ancient Egyptian Eyebrows of Horus
Both Egyptian men and women wore makeup for its supernatural powers. As an homage to the God Horus, heavily-lined eyes were the focal point of the face, which meant that eyebrows needed to be equally as prominent. They darkened, arched, and elongated brows by painting on carbon and black oxide substances.

2. The Pure Ancient Greek Brows
The Ancient Greeks put an emphasis on purity and it was reflected in women’s beauty rituals. Often times married women would sport a natural look, while those who were unwed would touch up their eyebrows with black incense. A uni-brow was recognized as a beautiful trait — not a reason to run to your salon for an urgent pre-date touch-me-up.

3. The Astute Ancient Roman Brows
Roman women had more freedom in their beauty practices than the Greeks, but the no-fuss uni-brow was still considered the most desirable characteristic. It was a sign of intelligence and worn by the most notoriously beautiful women of the time. Brow-wow-wow.

4. The Barely-There Middle Ages Brows
Medieval women pointed attention to their domed foreheads, a desirable trait of the time, by plucking their eyebrows heavily. While skinny, barely-there brows were the standard, during the Elizabethan era, many women dyed their brows in reddish tones as a nod to Queen Elizabeth

5. The Needle-Thin
During the Roaring Twenties, women used beauty to liberate themselves. Modeling themselves after silent film queen Clara Bow, eyebrows were severely plucked and penciled in thin, straight, and extended beyond the outer corner of the eye. It was the first time commercially-made products were available and flappers went to town — and then hit the town, of course.

6. The Curvatured
The dark, heavily-tweezed brow trend carried into the 1930’s, but Hollywood actresses like Jean Harlow (pictured) and Greta Garbo used more pronounced, curvature arches to add drama, drama, drama.

7. The Heavier 1940’s Brows:
Brows became thicker in the 1940’s as part of a softer, less severe look. Move stars such as Lauren Bacall (pictureed) and Grace Kelly sported heavier brows with a prominent arch.

8. The Plentiful
Dior’s ‘New Look’ called for a full face of makeup, which was often topped off by a strong brow with a high arch. The biggest Hollywood stars of the time, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn, all boasted lush, immaculately-shaped brows. Their eyebrows are up here, boys!

9. The Painterly
Sophia Loren had the most famous brows and unique styling technique of the 1960’s. You might even say her eyebrows were full of secrets. She shaved them off completely, then penciled them in tactfully with short, thread thin strokes that secured a bold, yet seemingly natural look.

10. The Au Naturale
The 1970’s marked the return of the natural brow as the hippie movement took flight — think natural shape and less plucking la Ali MacGraw and Lauren Hutton. If you’ve let your brows run wild, just call it a ’70s revival.

11. The More is More
With Brooke Shields and Madonna leading the movement, the more, more, moreness of the 1980’s held true for eyebrow shape. The bushier, the better, baby.

12. The Less is More
The 1990’s had brows of all sizes, but there was still tweezing aplenty. The overplucked look was sported most popularly by Drew Barrymore and Pamela Anderson. Model Kristen McMenamy’scareer skyrocketed only after she shaved off her eyebrows.

13. The Bold Brow of Today:
The bold brow is back, thanks in large part to model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne and what many are hailing “the power brow.” Whether your brows are the real deal or your just getting crafty with brow fillers, the thicker the better. Our tweezers are on hiatus for now, but if history is any indication, it’s only a matter of time before they’re in high demand once again.

Essential Vitamin For Glowing Skin

Our skin is our body’s largest organ and can be affected by many factors including our environment, health, the food we eat and our skincare regime. It is common knowledge that we can improve our general health and our skin health by maintaining a healthy balanced diet and through exercising regularly. More recently there has been an emphasis on the topical application of products containing skin-loving vitamins to nourish our skin from the outside, helping us to achieve a healthy and glowing complexion.

  • Vitamin A

Skin can start to appear dry and flaky if vitamin A levels are even slightly below normal.  This is because vitamin A is essential for your skin’s health as it maintains and repairs skin tissue. Scientific studies have shown that products containing this nutrient can provide some relief to dry, flaky skin conditions, help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and prevent acne.

Retinol is the synthetic form of vitamin A, however, there are natural sources of vitamin A available. Rosehip seed oil, an abundant source of topical trans-retinoic acid (vitamin A) can have similar skin benefits as retinol. This makes Rosehip seed oil ideal for those with combination (oily and dehydrated) skin types.

  • Vitamin B

Vitamin B is a complex of eight different vitamins and plays a major role in cell reproduction, which is why it’s an essential vitamin for healthy skin, hair and nails. When applied topically, B vitamins can help lock moisture into the skin and reduce skin blemishes. Its soothing properties can calm dry, red and irritated skin. Avocado oil, Aloe Vera, and Flax seed oil are some of many plant sources which contain B vitamins.

  • Vitamin C

Another powerful skin nutrient is vitamin C. A natural antioxidant, vitamin C acts as a barrier by helping to protect skin from free radical damage. Vitamin C can reduce redness, enhance the appearance of sun damaged skin and stimulate the production of collagen. Vitamin C aids collagen production, essential for healthy, more youthful looking skin. Vitamin C is even more important as we age, as our capacity to produce collagen naturally diminishes as we get older.

Rosehip seed oil and Sea buckthorn berry are both natural sources of vitamin C, providing essential fatty acids to support healthy skin.  Rosehip seed also contains vitamin E which works together with vitamin C to help protect the skin. Sea buckthorn berry offers potent skin benefits as it contains other essential skin nutrients like vitamin A.

  • Vitamin E

Renowned for its powerful antioxidant properties, vitamin E is a vital nutrient which can help reduce the appearance of dry, dull and flaky skin. Vitamin E regulates the production of sebum, the body’s natural oil, helping to maintain your skin’s perfect moisture level. A powerful skin-healer, vitamin E can also help repair skin naturally and soothe dry and uneven skin. Vitamin E promotes cell regeneration which is why this nutrient can be used to relieve dry, flaky skin conditions and can also help diminish scars and stretch marks. By speeding up the recovery of damaged skin tissue, vitamin E can help heal skin faster.

A strong synergy between vitamin C and vitamin E exists. When combined these nutrients work together to protect the skin from sun damage by free radicals and harmful UVB radiation. This is because the antioxidant effect of vitamin E amplifies when vitamin C is present, a good reason to keep eating lots of foods rich in vitamin C to benefit from the synergistic effects. Rich sources of vitamin E are also found naturally in plant ingredients such as Wheat Germ Oil.

How to Apply Eyeliner

Of all the beauty tips and tricks out there, eyeliner is one of those with the steepest learning curves.

Types Of Eyeliners

  • Gel Eyeliner: Although this may seem intimidating at first, this is probably going to become your best friend if you love those cat eyes. I, for one, swear by it. They usually come in pots, so you’ll need to use a brush for it. I highly recommend the Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner by Maybelline.
  • Liquid Eyeliner: A liquid eyeliner is best for precise application. These liners come in two types of packaging, a tiny vial-like bottle with an extremely fine and precise dipping brush, and a marker type pen with a felt tip. If you’re a beginner, then I suggest you go for the latter one. The Sketch Marker Liquid Art Liner by Too Faced is a good choice for the felt tip liner.
  • Pencil Eyeliner: This type of eyeliner is usually the first one we all started out with. It’s best used to line the water line and also to create a smokey look. The 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is the no-brainer choice for the pencil eyeliner.

To help us achieve those enviable brush strokes ourselves, we asked her to share some helpful tips for choosing the right kinds of eyeliners for your eye shape and the best techniques for creating a stiletto flick. See below for her product recommendations and pro tips.

1. PREP WORK

 Before applying makeup, reduce oily residue with an alcohol-free makeup remover. Then apply a light layer of foundation to even your base, and finish with a dusting of translucent powder over the lid. It will set the color and absorb oils throughout the day.

TIPS: Skip—or cut back on—putting eye creams on your lids pre-makeup to avoid slippery textures later.

2. THE TOOL

 If you have rounder eyes, opt for powder and gel liners that will smudge enough to create an almond-shaped contour. Fine pencils and pens are ideal for more elongated or oval-shaped eyes.

MC TIP: Avoid dull or waxy points, and put pencils in the freezer for 30 seconds before sharpening.

3. THE TECHNIQUE

 Resist the urge to pull your lid taut when applying liner. Instead, create your own eyeliner stencil by applying a piece of Scotch tape across your partially closed lid (press it on your arm first to make it less sticky). Then fill in the area below it, starting at the outer edges and moving inward.

MC TIP: Keep eyeliner on the top lid three times thicker than liner on the bottom. And for extra staying power, use waterproof gel liners on the bottom lashline.

4. THE TOUCH-UPS

When relining, maintain eye contact with the mirror as much as possible.

MC TIP: Dab blotting papers on your lids throughout the day to catch crease buildup without smudging your line.

Acrylic Nail Art

 Unlike most nail salons, Adore Dolls Parlour in Varsity Lakes, on Australia’s Gold Coast, offers the niche service of acrylic nail art at an affordable rate. Owner Nicole Hague was always artistically inclined as a child. As a self-proclaimed terrible nail-biter, she began using stickers to cover them up. In high school she would get acrylics but she couldn’t find anyone to do the kind of “bling and diamonds” she wanted so she started decorating her own nails.

Then she encountered a few Japanese tourists in her hometown who had extremely embellished nails unlike anything she had seen before. That sparked an obsession that led Hague first to nail school in 2010, and then to her doing nails out of a small studio. In November 2013, Hague’s clientele had grown so much, she and her team moved into the salon they are in today.

Focusing on one specialty could be perceived as limiting, but with a four- to six-week backlog of appointments, Hague and her team have no shortage of demand for her salon’s services. Hague herself has even stopped taking on new clients. This can be an issue since some clients prefer to see the owner because of the perception that the owner provides the best service. “What they don’t realize is that my girls are the best on the coast,” she says. “Everyone here is amazing.”

In fact, there are very few dedicated nail salons at all. There are more general beauty salons here, she says. “Those salons don’t have an autoclave and don’t use fresh tools and fresh files on every person.”

Keeping with the boutique theme salon, Adore Dolls Parlour sells only a few retail items: clothing with the salon’s logo, a tote, and OPI Avojuice hand cream and Joss Cuticle Oil for customers to maintain their nails between appointments.

Hague explains that she and the three other nail techs in the salon can create any custom design that customers request. The salon’s pricing has different levels to suit clients with more subtle taste and those who are looking for embellishment on every nail.

She and her techs draw nail art inspiration from almost anything — current fashion trends, nail art Instagram accounts, pictures clients bring in themselves, and of course, trade magazines. Because the salon now sees so many customers regularly, often these clients will let the techs do whatever kind of nail art they want, making it up as they go. “I love having free range. That’s how I come up with my best designs,” she says.

Additionally, Hague encourages her nail techs to keep up their own nails by providing free nail art and other salon services for each other. That way, techs can show off their custom nails or lash extensions in the salon for client inspiration. Not to mention it’s free advertising for the salon when techs are out and about in Varsity Lakes. “Because we’re all so obsessed with nail art I don’t think we could go without. We’re all able to work with these crazy nails.”

Though this unique salon is doing very well throughout its market, Hague has faced some difficulties with owning a salon. She explains that reminding her staff she is the boss is one of the hardest challenges. She is very close with her team and likes to thank them by taking them out to meals or shows occasionally, so that line can get blurred. Still, she tries to take care of her staff and ensure their happiness because they’ve been with her since she was operating out of a small studio.

Hague explains that the closeness of the techs carries over to the customers because clients like coming in and seeing the same faces every time. “We make every appointment personal. We like to know what’s been happening with customers since we’ve seen them. We build relationships,” Hague says.

With the success Hague has seen, Adore Dolls Parlour will be franchising with a second salon opening in Brisbane early next year.

Glitter Eye Shadow

omeone very wise once said, “You can never have too much glitter.” For the most part, we’re inclined to agree. Unfortunately, the glitzy, glittery eye shadow of our teen years came with a few drawbacks—namely, the tendency to leave a trail of shimmer everywhere, from our cheeks and our clothes to every surface we touched. After just one day of sparkly eye makeup, we’d be finding flecks of shimmer for weeks, and the experience left us more than a little glitter gun-shy.

Cue Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, a cream eye shadow with super-shiny pearl and glitter pigments that glide over eyes with the flick of a wand. Unlike loose glitter, there’s no flaking or fallout—once it dries down, it locks into place until you take it off. To help you ease back into the world of glitter eye makeup, we put together a quick tutorial with this shimmery superhero and a few of our other Stila favorites.

What You’ll Need:

• Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Bronzed Bell

• Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Molten Midnight

• Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Intense Black

• Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Dolce

 

Step 1.

Apply Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Bronzed Bell, a bronze loaded with silver and copper glitter, to the center of your eyelid. You can dab the wand applicator directly onto your skin, or tap an eye shadow brush onto the wand to pick up the product. Using a blending brush, blend the eye shadow all over your eyelid before it dries down.

Step 2.

take an eyeshadow brush and tap it on the wand of Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Molten Midnight, a deep black with silver and gold sparkle. After you pick up some product, make a few dots along the crease and outer corner of your eye.

Step 3. 

To complete the look, draw a thin line of Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Intense Black along your upper eyelashes to add definition. Curl your lashes, apply your favorite mascara, and finish with a natural nude lip that won’t steal the spotlight from your flashy lids.

Beauty Glossary

  1. Acne conglobata: Type of acne in which interconnected nodules are located beneath the surface of the skin.
  2. Acne mechanica: Acne caused by exposure to heat, covered skin, pressure, or repetitive friction.
  3. Acne vulgaris: The most common type of acne, associated with blackheads, whiteheads, papules, and pustules, commonly referred to as pimples or zits.
  4. Actinic keratoses: Precancerous growths that can appear red, thick, and rough; usually found on sun-damaged skin.
  5. Antioxidants: Vitamins A (including beta carotene), C, and E, thought to repair and protect skin cells by neutralizing damaging free radicals.
  6. Atopic: When an antibody present in the skin makes someone more likely to experience allergic reactions.
  7. Basal cell carcinoma: Type of skin cancer that forms at the base of the epidermis of the skin and usually does not spread to other parts of the body; associated with long-term overexposure to the sun.
  8. Chemical peel: Chemical solution applied to the skin to remove damaged outer layers.
  9. Dermabrasion: Procedure in which a rotating brush is used to abrade, or remove, the outer surface of the skin.
  10. Dermatitis: Inflammation of the skin.
  11. Dermis: The middle layer of the skin.
  12. Epidermis: The outer layer of the skin.
  13. Exfoliate: To slough off the outer layer of skin cells.
  14. Follicle: A shaft in the skin through which hair grows.
  15. Isotretinoin (Accutane and other brand names): Oral vitamin A-based medication used to treat severe acne.
  16. Laser resurfacing: Laser procedure to remove signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.
  17. Melanin: A chemical in the body that gives skin and hair their unique color.
  18. Melanoma: Life-threatening form of skin cancer that usually develops in an existing mole.
  19. Mole: Pigmented skin lesion also known as a nevus.
  20. Noncomedogenic: A product not likely to clog pores and cause acne lesions.
  21. Phototherapy: Artificial ultraviolet (UV) radiation treatment for some skin diseases.
  22. Plaque: Raised, but relatively flat, patch of skin.
  23. Psoriasis: Skin condition characterized by red, raised, scaly patches.
  24. Pustule: Inflamed acne lesion containing pus.
  25. Retinoids: Derivatives of vitamin A used to treat a variety of skin conditions.
  26. Rosacea: Skin condition characterized by prominent spider veins and sometimes swelling.
  27. Sclerotherapy: Treatment that reduces the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins by injecting them with a special solution.
  28. Sebaceous glands: Oil-producing glands in the skin that are attached to hair follicles.
  29. Topical: A product applied on the skin.
  30. Tretinoin: Topical retinoid used to treat acne by unclogging pores; also used to lessen signs of photo-aging.
  31. Ultraviolet light: The sun’s UVA and UVB rays that can cause both skin damage and skin cancers.
  32. Urticaria: Raised reddish, itchy areas, also called hives.
  33. Whitehead: Closed acne lesion caused by a clogged hair follicle.

Best Makeup Brushes

Just like you’d never expect to recreate a salon-perfect blow dry with a beaten-up hairdryer and a comb, getting flawless make-up is all down to using the right kit: namely, finding the best make-up brushes for the job.

A good brush can elevate your makeup from stripey and patchy to seamless – which should be reason enough to dedicate time to finding the right ones. Brushes come in a mind-boggling variety of shapes, sizes, prices and fibres, so navigating the market can be quite treacherous.

A good brush will feel luxurious, have minimum shedding and last you a good long while – providing you take good care of them.

What’s the difference between synthetic bristles and natural bristles? How many do you need? How many is too many? To help your brush-buying that bit less stressful, we’ve put together a handy guide for you.

The best budget make-up brushes

Brushes are a very personal thing, and everyone’s different, but one thing that’s universal is that it’s worth investing in good ones. Note that we say good, and not expensive – while some of the best brushes come with a steeper price tag, some of the most reliable, tried-and-tested offerings come from more affordable budget brands. Real Techniques, the brand from make-up artists Samantha and Nicola Chapman, boasts an ever-expanding range of brushes that don’t compromise on quality, despite their affordable price tag.

Should I use synthetic or natural brushes?

As for synthetic versus natural, the general consensus is that synthetic brushes are better for applying liquid products. As they’re less porous than natural fibres, they won’t soak up as much product, meaning you get better colour payoff and a smoother finish. Natural fibres are often better for powder products, as they absorb any excess and give a healthy, balanced finish.

What are the best make-up brushes for contouring?

Contouring, a make-up technique that enhances bone structure by carefully applying lighter and darker shades of product, has become ubiquitous thanks to Kim Kardashian and co. But which brush is best for contouring? If you’re using a powder bronzer, opt for an angled brush: this will allow you to pick up an optimum amount of product and will allow for easy blending along your cheekbones and up towards your temples.

Which brushes are best for applying foundation?

Finding a brush that works with your favourite base (Powder finish? liquid? stick foundation? We could go on…) and your skin type is no mean feat. Luckily, we’ve put together another guide to dedicated to identifying the best foundation brush for you.

The best make-up brush sets

If you’re a relative newbie to the make-up game, there are few better places to start than with Real Techniques’ Core Collection Kit, £15.70, a four-piece set comprising a pointed brush for contouring, a rounded buffing brush, a precision brush that’s perfect for concealer and an angled foundation brush.