DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON A CONCEALER BRUSH
You should never use a brush to apply concealer. Your finger is the most natural concealer applicant you can use, because it doesn’t leave any streaks.
Here’s how to apply concealer over under-eye circles: Apply a tiny bit of concealer to the skin under your eyes, near the inner corner where the darkness tends to begin. Tap it out with your finger, and apply more if needed. Just make sure you do your concealer after you do your eye makeup, so nothing sticks to it.
POWDER CAN NEVER LOOK LIKE REAL SKIN
Our skin isn’t naturally matte, so unless you want to look like a mannequin, you should never start with powder. Instead, use liquid foundation to add a dewy base first, says Stewart. Look for a water-based or gel foundation for the most natural match.
When applying your foundation, think of your face as an inverted triangle. Your forehead is the base, and your chin is the point. You should only apply foundation along the lines of the triangle. Use a damp sponge to blend it into your skin with downward strokes. Facial fuzz tends to lie vertically on the skin, so you’ll get fewer streaks if you go with the direction of the hair. Then set your face with just a bit of powder to get rid of any shine.
YOU CAN MAKE FAKE BROW HAIRS LOOK REAL
Whether you use a pencil or shadow to fill in your brows is up to you. Just keep in mind that dark brows can make you look older, so whichever product you use, keep it soft and natural looking.
If using a pencil: For a realistic look, apply more pressure at the bottom of the stroke where the root would be. Ease off on the pressure as you flick your stroke upward, using small strokes to represent hair.
If using a shadow: Load your angled brush with a shadow that matches your natural brow color. Lay the brush against your brow and use the tip of the angled brush to apply the shadow in an upward directionr.
THE SECRET TO FOOL-PROOF WINGED LINER
Before you even apply your liner, you’ll want to draw your wing first. Put a little dot where you want the wing to end. Then draw a line from the outer corner of your eye to where you placed your dot. Once you have the wing drawn in, you can line your upper lash line and connect it to the wing. This insures proper placement of the wing, because it’s difficult to control the line without knowing how far to go.
THE ONLY 5 BRUSHES YOU NEED
To apply your foundation: A sponge. You can use it either dry or wet, depending on how much coverage you want.
To apply your powder: A fluffy brush will make it easier to dust the powder over a large area like your face.
To apply your brush/bronzer: A smaller, more angled brush will help you focus the color on a small area of your face. If you only have a fluffy brush, you can easily turn it into an angled brush by wrapping your hand around the bristles and flattening them to the sidet.
To apply your eyeshadow/eyeliner: A tapered brush is best for placing product along your lash line. “If your eyeshadow brush is too fluffy, the shadow will end up flying everywhere.
To apply your lipstick: A small lip brush. This will give you more control versus applying the color straight from the tube.