What Am I Supposed To Do With This Thing?!
I often see a lot of people get brush sets or order new brushes to try, and stumble over some of the more interesting or unique ones that aren’t very commonly used in normal or traditional makeup application. Sometimes, people will use them wrong. A lot of the times, people won’t use them at all because they cannot even fathom what they might be for. Here are some very underrated brushes with excellent purposes that you may be overlooking because you don’t quite get them.
This brush is kind of like a short white blending brush, only it’s longer, tapered at the tip, and black. If you’ve tried using it as a blending brush, the same way you’d use the white one, you’ll notice that it definitely doesn’t work as well for that purpose. There’s a couple of things you can do with this brush.
You can soft blend eyeshadow with it, lightly diffusing the color and pulling it up. You can apply and blend under eye concealer or spot concealer with this and get a perfect, seamless finish. You can also set any concealed areas with powder, as soon as you’re done. It’s a great little brush with plenty of uses, as long as you’re not trying to blend tightly with it.
This brush is kind of like someone took a normal shadow brush and made it three times bigger. A lot of people don’t use these because they think they’re insanely too big, but they’re just the right size for what they’re meant to be used for.
This brush can be used to apply an eyeshadow base color from the lid to the browbone, or just to highlight the browbone. It’s also excellent at laying down the placement for a smokey eye, particularly the traditional smokey eyeshadow arrangement which goes from dark on the lid to light in the crease. You can lay down a thick band of color with this, and go back in and blend it later. Because of the nature of this brush, it also makes some excellent grunge makeups or smudgy makeups.
You can also use this for precise highlighting and contouring. For highlighting areas like the upper cheekbone, down the bridge of the nose or contouring areas like the temple, a brush of this size and shape will give you extremely controlled and perfected results.
This brush baffles a lot of people. It looks like a small fan, and a lot of people are at a loss to find a conventional use for it. The answer is, there really isn’t a conventional use for it. This is a brush that professional makeup artists will often use to apply mascara to clients, because unlike single use wands they would throw away, this can be washed and re-used again.
If you have one and want to give this a go, you can use it to swipe some mascara off of the long, plastic part of your wand, line up your eyelashes with the little grooves in the top of the brush, push it through your lashes, and wiggle upward. It’s a great way to get a natural lash enhancing look, and an even better way to use up a mascara you may have, but loathe the built in applicator for.
This brush can be confusing because it looks like a shadow brush with a flat edge. The point of a round edge on a shadow brush is to make application easier, so what could you possibly do with one without a curve? The solution is to turn the brush, not to the flat side, but to the tip.
This is a push-liner brush. You can pick up black eyeshadow on the tip, and press and wiggle into the lash line to give the appearance of thicker, fuller lashes without the use of sometimes obvious liner. It’s an excellent, softer alternative to liquid eyeliner or gel eyeliner to apply powder with a push liner brush.
You can also use it to create a sharp, straight tail for an eyebrow, or to draw a sharp angle for those stark outer corner looks, like the ones you may usually apply and remove clear tape for. They’re also great for exaggerating stiff, straight lines in Arabic eyeliner styles, because all you need to do is load the brush with a cream liner and press it down. No more wavy lines here!
So, What Were You Doing With Them Before?
Have you had some of these hanging around for a while? What were you doing with them before? Did you get them and never use them? Have you come up with any great alternative uses for these brushes that weren’t mentioned? Share with us in the comments section!