The Brush Series Part 1; Brush Translate

Brushes can be what stands between you and a flawless finish, but with thousands available, how do you know which to buy, use or lose?

This will be a series of posts explaining the functions and features of make-up brushes, here are some of the most popular brushes.

A few things to note:

  • Firstly….Do you need them? Yes! …Do you need 1,000 of them? No!
  • Secondly… there are no rules, if a brush says “powder brush” and you like using it for cream products, you do you!
  • Remember! The shorter and closer together the brush hairs, the more product they will pick up and apply!


*Coverage= how much product the brush will apply
*Product= corresponding product to use
Paddle Brush
  Flat brush;
Coverage= High
Blending time= time consuming
Function= application & blending out
Product= foundation/primer/concealer
Stippling brush(Duo fibre);
Coverage= Light
Blending time = fast
Function= application & blending
Product= wet or dry: Foundation, cream/liquid blusher or bronzer.
Larde powder
 Large “powder” brush;
Coverage= light/medium (depending on how much you dip into your product)
Blending time; fast
Function=  application & blending
Product= Powders ( powder foundation/translucent), blusher, bronzer
Duo fibre
Duo Fibre brushes;
Coverage= light/medium and high(if tightly packed)
Blending time = fast(the dark, shorter hairs keep the longer hair separated so the blend out your product
Function= blending(eyeshadow), blusher, bronzer, highlighter, setting powders
flat top
 Flat top brush;
Coverage= high
Blending time= fast
Function= applying liquid foundation .
blush brush
Small round top brush;
Coverage= medium/high
Function= applying & blending out
Product= blusher, bronzer, contour
concealer brush
Concealer Brush;
Coverage= Medium/high
Function= applying concealer to under eyes, specific areas of the face
Product= colour corrector, liquid/cream concealers




Blender brush

Large Blending brushes;
Coverage= light/medium/high
Blending time= quick(if you are sticking by “thin, light layers” at a time method)
Function= applying & blending
Product= eyeshadow, highlighter to smaller areas, under eye powders
pencil brush
 Pencil brush;
Coverage= medium/high
Function= precise application of colour (dark or light)
Product= eyeshadow, glitters/pigments.
mac 217
Smaller Blending Brush;
Coverage= Light/medium/high
Function= applying and blending eyeshadow (this brush is more precise than the fluffier brush above, it will apply more product to smaller areas)
Still have questions? Send them my way!

5 tips for better make-up!

1. Clean those brushes!

Da Vinci didn’t start on a painting with used brushes, covered in paint nor would a painter, paint a house with rollers/brushes left dirty, unwashed!

Think dirt & bacteria, think mixing colours, think uneven application!

So…no, that brush you bought in MAC 3 years ago is not useless… it’s just dirty!

Tip; Use baby shampoo/ brush cleaner with warm water, dry flat



*more help with brushes in a later post

2. Moisturise!

Uneven texture and dehydration = Makeup enemies… it’s pretty simple!

The more moisture in your skin, the longer your makeup will last, the fresher it will look.

Tip; Apply your moisturizer, let it sink in(2 mins) then see

if anywhere is still dehydrated and apply more just to that area.


3. Water, water, water!

Just like dehydration is an enemy of flawless make-up, water is its best friend.

Ever tried to apply make-up the morning after drinking alcohol? It drags, sits in fine lines, goes patchy! Much of the water has left you skin and you need to replace it!

Drink plenty of water regularly  (tea/MiWadi doesn’t count I’m afraid), use face masks regularly(twice a week) and your skin will thank you for it!Water

4. Oils

Oil and water might not mix but drinking water and taking fish oils certainly does! Fish oils help moisturizer the skin from the inside out. Every pharmacy has them! Note: It takes at least 2 weeks to see an improvement if you’re just starting off!

Eating salmon etc. is also a great option!

Tip; Omega-3 supplements improve hair, skin and nail condition!


5. Less is, sometimes, more!

“ONIONS!… Onions have layers!”

So does make-up application!

Sounds tedious and basic but thinner layers of primer-foundation-concealer-powders look and last better than a heavier/thicker ‘quick’ application! You can always add more but its impossible  very hard to fix cakey make-up! If you have the time… take it!

Tip; apply this even with eyeshadow!

You’ve much more control that way!