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Blending Rules: How to use your makeup tools

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, blending is one of the most important steps to ensuring your makeup is flawless and natural looking. There are numerous makeup tools available, to ensure that your foundation and powder is blended to absolute perfection, however the sheer amount of tools available can make us feel dizzy with indecisiveness. Like, what’s the difference between using a buffing brush and a stippling brush..? And, don’t even get us started on beauty blenders.. Whatever happened to using the good old fashioned ‘applying foundation with your fingers’, method.  Scroll below for a lowdown on the makeup tools available to us and how and when to use them properly! Blending rules  

B E A U T Y   B L E N D E R 

Beauty blenders are amazing for blending liquid foundation. This is better than using your fingers as sometimes the heat from your hands can cause your foundation to almost melt off. The same can be said when using a brush for liquid foundation, as brushes can sometimes cause streaks. A beauty blender will work the foundation in to your skin, ensuring it’s streak free, and is best used by pressing the foundation into your skin.

B U F F I N G   B R U S H 

Buffing brushes are fab for those who want heavier coverage, with a flawless finish. It’s important to make sure your blending brush is extremely soft, otherwise you will be left with the dreaded foundation streak. We’re huge fans of Real Techniques buffing brush (part of the core collection). To use, simply pop a little foundation on the brush and dot the foundation on your face. Unlike with the beauty blender where you simply press the foundation into your skin, you want to buff your foundation into your skin in circular motions with your buffing brush. This will really work in the foundation into the skin, ensuring it will stay put. Buffing is a technique that is especially great for MAC’s Studio Face and Body foundation which is known to aid more coverage the more you buff and work the product into the skin. As buffing brushes are dense they are also perfect for powder foundations like Bare Minerals Foundation. To buff your powder foundation like a pro, buff in small circular motions from the centre of your face outwards, making sure you spend time on the more tricky areas like around the hairline and eyebrows. 

S T I P P L I N G   B R U S H 

Stippling brushes are good for liquid foundations and can give off a more natural finish than using a beauty blender or buffing brush. Stippling brushes are quite feathery and a lot less packed than other foundation brushes. You use a stippling brush by gently pressing foundation into your skin lightly. This type of brush is also ideal for using shimmery highlighter or blusher creams or powders, where you can gently add some sheen or colour to the face without the fear of using too much product. We love Real Techniques stippling brush and the fact that the hair is synthetic, meaning that the majority of the product will end up on your face, rather than stuck to the brush. 

P O W D E R   B R U S H 

Self explanatory really, powder brushes are for powders! Using the fattest powder brush you have is perfect for creating a bronzed look, and for going down the neck ensuring that the colour on your neck matches the colour on your face. 

F I N G E R S 

And, last but not least, your fingers! Many makeup artists favour using their fingers to apply makeup, but we just find something almost luxurious about using brushes and sponges etc. Your fingers work best for cream blushers and bronzers, as the warmth from your hands can break the product down making it easier to apply. Simply press the product onto your skin and gently tap out to blend. 
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