Do Your Makeup Like A Pro With These Brush Tips | Clozette

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Your makeup tools, particularly your brushes, are just as essential as your makeup products. When you know their function and how each brush works for your face, you'll soon realize that each brush can actually do multiple things. So it's vital that you know what your brushes can do so you can apply your makeup products flawlessly.


Here are our tips on how you can use your makeup brushes like a pro!


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Face: Stippling & Powder Brush



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If you're using liquid foundation, we suggest you skip the brush and go straight to using a sponge or beauty blender. It's the most effective tool that packs the product to your skin and blends it out flawlessly. However, if you feel like giving the sponge a rest, use a flat top Kabuki brush as it applies foundation beautifully for an airbrushed look. Seal it in with a powder brush. A good powder brush is huge and fluffy--perfect for applying powder to set and blend.


Tip: Use your powder blush for face powders only so other colours (such as your blush and bronzer) won't mix with it.

Sculpting: Angled Blush Brush



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You don't need various brushes for various face products. Apply your blush, bronzer, contour shade, and highlight shade with just one brush to save yourself some time. Use an angled brush that is dense enough to pack colour and fluffy enough to buff out the powder. Its angled shape also makes it good for contour. For blush, apply it lightly and blend it upwards. Then for highlight, get a small amount of product at the edge of the brush and slowly build it up on the high points of your cheeks for a subtle yet flawless strobe of light. 


Tip: apply blush first and the bronzer or contour shade for a more natural finish and mix of colours on your cheek. 



Eyeshadow: Basic Lid, Pencil, & Blending Eyeshadow Brushes



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Everyone needs a lid brush for eye shadows, it packs colour onto the lid for a vivid colour payoff. Use your pencil brush for those dark colours applied on the outer lid for an instant angled or v-shaped application. Then use a blending brush to soften harsh lines or smoke out colours, and of course, to apply your crease shade flawlessly. 


Tip: Eyeshadow brushes come in different sizes. Test them out first so you can see how each brush fits in the crevices of your eyes, 



Eyeliner and Eyebrow: Angled Eyeshadow Brush



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If you're into gel liners then an angled eyeliner brush is perfect for you to wing out your eyeliner. You can also use this brush for your brows. It's flat and dense for the precise and hair-like strokes you need. Plus, the width is perfect for a clean outline. 


Tip: Buy two of these, one for your eyeliner and one for your brows so that the products don't mix. You can also buy the one with a spooly at the opposite end for an instant brow brush up!



Concealer: Small Concealer & Tapered Kabuki Brush 



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To conceal your blemishes properly, use a small, flat synthetic brush to apply a cream product lightly on your face, then blend it out with your finger or a beauty blender for a flawless finish. You can also use this small brush for your liquid concealers for a more precise application.


Tip: Since concealers usually come in cream or liquid form, make sure you buy synthetic or duo fibre brushes. This way you'll get the right amount of product without it being absorbed by the brush. 


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If there's one thing that beauty girls love about summer, it's the fact that they can go all-out when it comes to their makeup. No holds barred. They can finally sport that purple lipstick, smokey bronze eyeshadow look, and that glittery shade for an intense highlight. We're all a fan of these looks but since there are so many colours to choose, we've filtered it out for your convenience.

Here are 5 colours you should try for that perfect sunkissed, summer look!

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Nude Lips




With this shade, you can go nude wherever you go. Nude lips aren't particularly everyone's cup of tea but for a classy beauty girl, this is the shade she reaches for most. There are various undertones for the nude colours (it depends on the colour of lips and skin tone as well); but for summer it's best to go for Estée Lauder's Envy Lip Potion in Naked Ambition. It has a brown undertone with a bit of pink that goes well with the hot weather. Best thing about it: the formula features Estée Lauder's Advanced True Vision technology for a rich colour payoff that both defines and volumizes your lips. Perfect for that nude, summer pout.

Bronzed Glow



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There is no better time than summer to sport the shade that is loved by all: Bronze--and we're not talking about the matte finish bronze. This season we're all about that bronze that sparkles with one swipe. This summer, opt for a sheer shade of bronze on your lids and smoke it out for a dramatic summer look for events and parties. 



Pink Lippie



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The pink shade is not only for the sweet, girl-next-door vibe but also for the fun and outgoing beauty girl who knows how to strut her pout during summer. Instead of wearing the usual bright, white-based pink lippie, go for a berry pink such as Estée Lauder's Envy Lip Potion in Seduction for a classy and gorgeous summer pink colour. 



Stunning Purple Lippie



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The purple lippie isn't for the faint-hearted, it's for the daring beauty gal who wants to stand out. The shade may be a bit intimidating, but once you get the perfect shade for your lips, you're in it for good. Best to go for Estée Lauder's Envy Lip Potion in True Liar for a perfectly balanced dark plum with a dash of pink. 



Orange



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Summer can be summarized into one word: sunshine. The sun's rays are just everywhere and instead of resisting it, why not go with a bright orange shade on your lips? Estée Lauder's Envy Lip Potion in Enamoured is your best bet, it's stunningly bright and flattering on the lips.



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Whether it’s a moment of relaxation, discovering somewhere new or an unexpected encounter with an old friend, new ESCADA Joyful Moments Limited Edition celebrates life’s moments of indulgence and captures the sensation of joy in a bottle.    




Colourful and passionate, the fragrance is designed to turn each day into a sunny one full of joyful, indulgent moments. It encapsulates a positive outlook, enabling you to share the feeling of joy with those around you. With ESCADA Joyful Moments Limited Edition, you can be the person who is open-minded and relish the little everyday indulgences of life.  




Of course, a bottle of perfume such as this deserves a face of positive vibes and confidence. Thus the return of Supermodel Miranda Kerr as the face of ESCADA Joyful Moments Limited Edition. Like the ESCADA woman, Miranda approaches life with positivity, spontaneity and confidence, making her the perfect ambassador for this optimistic fragrance. 




She says:


“What’s special about ESCADA Joyful Moments Limited Edition is that it’s all about celebrating the spontaneous moments in your life and appreciating those everyday joyful moments. Whether it be simple things like the sunrise or sunset, or enjoying moments with your family – it’s about rejoicing in those little everyday indulgences.”   




The Fragrance embodies the optimism of a vibrant summer morning - full of promise for impending joyous moments of indulgence.  It encourages you to be content with yourself and enjoy the simple pleasures in life that make you smile inside and out. 


The fragrances' top notes combine fresh and juicy blackcurrant sorbet, mouth-wateringly sweet lychee and zesty mandarin. Heart Notes include violet leaves, lyche, damascus rose, and clean notes of pink peony, which add a light vitality.  Finally, the base notes include honeycomb and vanilla to add richness and comforting warmth to the jubilant floral of the scent.




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