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Stippling brushes are pretty common to beauty community followers, but those who are new to makeup may not be aware of them and how to use them. This brush is a staple in many people’s beauty collections, including my own collection of makeup brushes. If you are confused about why you might need this brush and how you might use it, then read on.
What is a stippling brush?
Quite simply a stippling brush is used for stippling. There are two sets of bristles in a stippling brush (sometimes called a skunk brush due to its black and white colored bristles). The longer, white bristles are made of synthetic hairs. These bristles are the ones you will use to pick up product. The second set of hairs are natural hairs. They are generally goat hair and are black. This second set of hairs are for buffing the product on your face.
Stippling is a technique for applying liquid or cream foundations, powder, liquid or cream blushes, or powder, liquid or cream highlighters. You lightly dip the white tips of the brush into your product, and use just the tips to dot on, or stipple, the product onto your skin. After stippling your product on you press a bit more to use the tips of the black bristles to buff out the product. Stippling brushes are great for applying foundation, because you can achieve a more airbrushed finish.
It is also a great brush to have for applying highly pigmented blushes as well. If you have a heavy hand, then you know how easy it can be to make yourself look like a clown with heavily pigmented blushes. A stippling brush will allow you to use these products more lightly, so that you don’t easily over do it. The same thing goes for applying highlighters. Some of them can be quite shimmery, and using a stippling brush will allow you to apply a very thin sheen instead of becoming a disco ball.
Many companies make stippling brushes, but here are a few to get you started on your search for the right brush for you:
(Image Credit Target)
Sonia Kashuk is a brand carried exclusively at Target stores. Her brushes have become quite popular among the beauty community. Budget friendly, these brushes are a favorite among people who don’t care about name brands. They want a quality brush at a great price. These brushes can be purchased at your local Target or online at Target.com for $12.99.
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This is a MAC 187, the standard to which all other stippling brushes are held. MAC brushes are known for their quality. They are handmade and hold up well from use. If you are in the market for a stippling brush, then this one will not disappoint. MAC brushes are not cheap, and this one will run you $42. It is an investment, but is worth the cost. Your foundation is the canvas for your work, and if properly applied it can make a huge difference in how good the finished look is. If cost is an issue, then I suggest waiting for a Friend’s & Family sale to save you a bit of money.