Foundation Brushes

When you are looking for the best of the best it takes time and money to find the perfect brush just for you. This post is a roundup of what I consider to be the best or most interesting foundation brushes available to us, I will show you a few pictures, share my own experience with them and also some guidelines in order to help you find the perfect foundation brush just for you.

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Foundation application is probably the most complex step of a makeup application, probably the most feared too ! If we go for it, better get it right, we cannot just simply copy someone else’s make up routine, we have to find our very own and as we go along feel what’s right or wrong and fine tune the process. You won’t necessarily need brushes for that, not all the foundations are meant to be applied with them like the Armani Fusion for example. But that’s another story. Don’t please don’t do this at home, you don’t need a hundred brushes to do your foundation, it is just a passion of mine to collect beautiful makeup brushes.

Some foundation brushes are more efficient than others but at the end it will be a matter of following your own preferences and taste. I will show you some of mine which include :

  • Stippling brushes
  • Mineral foundation brushes
  • Flat, semi-flat, round brushes

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My life does not depend on foundation application but I do love it, I think there is an intriguing and experimental process behind achieving a great application of foundation, it can be fun and it can sometimes be depressing ! My curiosity and my delicate dry skin motivated me to research for the best foundation brushes and the best way to apply it. You’ll see that it got a bit out of control (again), but I hope that at least my lack of control will benefit you, help you compare the options and guide you in your own research.

There aren’t that many foundation lovers around me, when I ask them why they hate foundation they say: “I don’t want to feel it” or “I don’t want to see it” or “foundation brushes are too rough”.

I am not saying that it’s necessary to go through this step, absolutely not, but if the reason why you don’t apply it is just because of those reasons be aware that today you can apply foundation and still look natural and fresh and for the tools, don’t worry, there is probably the right one just for you.

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I don’t often use mineral foundation and I don’t often go for more than medium coverage. My needs are those of a woman in her 40′s with extreme dry and sensitive skin who aims for a fresh glowy complexion. Depending on the days I can barely stand to apply make up at all so I need the most efficient tools : the best results possible, in the fewer strokes !

I have tried to pick different types of foundation brushes to guide you in your selection, each one with its own qualities and characteristics, they can really differ in shape, material and it will be up to you to find the one that fits your personal requirements. I don’t have an answer for every situation, if I did, I would not be working in IT !!! Believe me, I wouldn’t.

They can be made of natural bristles, a mix of synthetic and natural hair or only synthetic bristles, so many options are available today and many of them are very good. Do not consider my opinions as expert advice, I will simply share what I think about them and why I love them… or not.

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If You Are Starting

First you want to identify what your profile is (oily, dry, sensitive skin), then what coverage and finish you desire. If you already found a foundation product that is matching what your skin needs, now you can start looking for the right tools. You may think that brushes are very expensive and that the investment may not be worth it, I don’t know about you but I wasted a lot of money on foundation products that didn’t work for me just because I didn’t have the appropriate tools to apply them. I am not saying that brushes will solve all your problems but they definitely will make your life easier, the application more pleasant and they may even save you money in the end.

Targeting A Brush Adapted To Your Profile

Many brush companies will not recommend you goat brushes if your skin is dry and sensitive, they will direct you towards synthetic or stippling brushes. They are right but I still found many full goat brushes that are soft enough for me to use on my very dry skin and I have absolute no problem at all. Basically if your skin is sensitive, it shouldn’t be moving around when applying foundation with your brush, it should not feel “molested”, on the other hand using a too soft brush will require many more strokes to blend and you may want to avoid that too since it may also irritate your skin at the end. The right balance would be a brush that is soft enough but still has efficient blending power. I have got some here.

Below, a synthetic brush vs a goat brush, if you want my honest opinion, this synthetic fun brush looks great and has thickness to it, which should be a good thing. It’s not a terrible brush but these two are a world apart.

  • This synthetic brush MUFE 108 has interesting fibers, at first they look nice, feel nice, but after you used it once, you don’t want to use it again without washing it before. Reminds me of a dirty kitchen cloth (sorry), absorbing quite a lot of product and getting some sorf of film around the bristles that you don’t necessarily like against your skin. I also find it does move my skin around too much (the bristles have a grip), in normal conditions it’s acceptable but I am prone to migranes and even if I don’t put too much pressure on it, despite the fact the bristles are very soft and don’t poke it still is unpleasant on my sensitive skin.
  • The goat brush here is the new Chikuhodo GSN-05, at first it does not look attractive, it’s not white hair, looks a bit yellow-coppery, not the most attractive aspect for some but don’t be afraid of that, this brush is amazing in all aspects, what I want to point out is that this goat brush despite it has darker goat hair, it’is much more pleasant to use than the synthetic for me, more efficient, does not suck product in the bristles and does not feel like a dirty cloth on my face at all, even if I don’t wash it every day, still the same blending power. It does not molest my skin, I don’t need to put a lot of pressure to blend and it doesn’t poke.
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  • Bottom line : Natural or synthetic it will depend on the brush, again it’s a matter of preference and also skin tolerance, some cannot use natural hair at all and some cannot use synthetic.

    Targeting Liquid Or Powder Foundation

    If you have very dry skin you are less likely to use powder foundation and less likely to go for heavy coverage, in most situtations it will end patchy and not comfortable. Even with the right tools it’s difficult to go against these laws. When I apply a heavy coat of mineral powder foundation on my very dry skin, despite the quality of the powder foundation and the perfect brush, after just a little time my skin starts to beg for help, my wrinkles are maximized and dry patches appear all over, it ages me dramatically. Nice brushes will help but just to a certain point.  Choosing the right skincare and foundation product for your skin profile is even more important, then you can try some foundations at the counters see how they evolve on your skin throughout the day until you find the perfect one for you.

    Targeting The Coverage You Desire

    The foundation product you’ll use will really help deliver the coverage and finish you are looking for. In terms of brushes, the denser and flatter the brush, the more coverage it delivers. The fluffier and rounder the brush, the more flexibility you’ll get allowing you to start from sheer and to build up to medium.

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Kat Von D Foundation

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A high-pigment, full-coverage foundation with a matte finish and 24-hour wear—now with a new look in a total of 30 shades. Featuring 30 full-coverage, matte shades—renamed to include undertones for easier shade selection—Kat Von D’s bestselling foundation collection

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What it is:
A high-pigment, full-coverage foundation with a matte finish and 24-hour wear—now with a new look in a total of 30 shades.

What it does:
Featuring 30 full-coverage, matte shades—renamed to include undertones for easier shade selection—Kat Von D’s bestselling foundation collection has a shade to cover virtually all skin tones. From the fairest of the fair to deep, rich tones, this shade range has you covered with the same, 24-hour wear and high-pigment formula, beautifully packaged in a sleek new design.

With just one light layer, the creamy formula corrects discoloration, stops shine, and hides blemishes. Formulated with 21 percent pigment, this powerful foundation is loaded with proprietary pigments, and an exclusive high-tech blend of silicone elastomers and silicone esters to bind the formula so you get total matte coverage that stays waterproof, fade-proof, and transfer-resistant all day long.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Lock-It Foundation’s innovative airless chamber prevents contamination to protect and maintain the creamy consistency so that every pump delivers a precisely measured, fresh dose to flawlessly cover your entire face.

Prep skin with Lock-It Hydrating Primer for more comfortable wear and better application of Lock-It Foundation.

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“I am proud to say that Kat Von D Beauty products are never tested on animals—and never will be.”—Kat Von D

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Top 30 Makeup Career Questions

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Pro Artist answers the digging questions on how to get a dream job

Thousands have emailed me over the years asking how to be me–how do you have the time of your life putting makeup on people, and get someone to pay you on the way out the door? I’m sharing with you the top questions they’ve been asking and my answers to help kick-start the dream of being a pro makeup artist.
  1. What is it that a makeup artist actually does?
  2. What kind of education do I need to be a professional makeup artist?
  3. What kind of skills do I need to do makeup on someone?
  4. What kind of daily routine is there for makeup artist?
  5. Where is makeup usually done? Is it in a regular business environment?
  6. Do you work alone or with others?
  7. Is makeup a self-employment job or will someone hire you to work for them?
  8. As a makeup artist, do you have a boss or do you work mostly on your own?
  9. What kind of starting salary will a makeup artist get?
  10. Is income affected by seasons, amount of work, layoffs?
  11. Is salary set or is it negotiated and how hard is it to get what you think you are worth?
  12. Is a makeup career a growth market or is it a job that is declining on opportunities.
  13. How do I search for work as an artist?
  14. How is a makeup career affected by where you live?
  15. What is the most challenging experience you’ve had as a makeup artist?
  16. Do you use one big kit of makeup or do you have several, and what products in general do we need in a makeup artist’s kit?
  17. Is it hard to get started as a fashion makeup artist?
  18. What kind of pace do you need to work at as an artist?
  19. Is it easy to get into film, TV and theater work or do you need connections?
  20. What’s your best advice for a student looking at going out into the makeup world?
  21. What do you find most rewarding about a makeup career?
  22. What is expected in a makeup artist’s portfolio?
  23. Do you have any favorite websites that inspire your makeup styles?
  24. Do you think there is a lot of competition with other artists? And how do you make sure you stand out from them and the competition doesn’t kill you?
  25. Is a makeup career one that suits family life?
  26. What’s your advice in starting out as a makeup artist; how do I promote myself?
  27. What are the drawbacks of a makeup career?
  28. What are the rewards of a makeup career?
  29. Why should I go to makeup school?
  30. Can I make it if I don’t go to makeup school?

 

All About Skin

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Oily skin

Oily skin produces more oil than it needs. This oil is a magnet for debris, such as skin cells, makeup and pollution, which then cause congestion inside the pores. Over time, the congestion becomes hardened, just like plaque on your teeth. Look for facials that include a chemical exfoliant (glycolic acid or salicylic acid.) This will penetrate into the pores and melt the congestion. Oily skin also needs extractions to remove any hardened debris within the pores (so long, blackheads!) But don’t try this at home. Extractions are something your esthetician is trained to do safely as part of your facial.

Combination skin

GDF’s favorite skin type to work with, combination skin, has both oily and dry areas, so these areas need to be treated separately. Enzyme, chemical or even microdermabrasion exfoliants work very well, GDF says. Extractions are also needed (usually in the T-zone) to remove congestion, and a professional treatment mask, such as freeze-dried collagen to replenish lost water and soothe the skin.

Sensitive skin

“We have to be careful working with sensitive skin,” GDF notes. All skin needs exfoliation to remove built-up dead skin, but this needs to be done gently. Facials that use enzymes to exfoliate work very well, because they don’t irritate the skin. Also look for products that don’t have excessive fragrances or irritants in them.

Mature skin

Mature skin can be challenging. It can be oily/acne prone, dry/dehydrated or a multitude of skin type combinations. Mature skin also slows down (cell production, circulation), so there are many issues to address. Your esthetician will first treat the type of skin (oily, dry, combination, normal).Then she will have to focus on that slowing process to increase circulation and saturate the skin with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals for healthier, younger looking skin.

Dry skin

Dry skin needs many different treatments, GDF explains. Dry skin lacks natural lipids or oils, making it prone to dehydration. Because of this lack of water, the skin’s natural exfoliating cycle slows down. Facials that include gentle exfoliation (i.e. with enzymes) are a great way to take your skin from flakey to fabulous. Dry skin also needs both oil and water to balance it out, so GDF suggests looking for facials that include masks, which will help penetrate product into the skin. One example is a mask that will rubberize. It may sound a little strange, but any product you put under this type of mask will be pushed into the skin as the mask hardens, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.

Dangerously Beautiful – Makeup Class

Makeup artistry is a very marketable skill and it is one that you can take with you anywhere you go. It doesn’t matter whether you travel the world or whether you are simply looking for somewhere you can startup your own makeup business, you can feel confident and satisfied knowing that you are doing everything you need to do while still having time for yourself. You could be earning the salary of a professional makeup artist and the job possibilities really are endless.

With Dangerously Beautiful, you won’t need to travel away from home, you won’t need to spend time away from your family and you won’t need to break the bank over tuition fees. So what is stopping you from taking control of your life and doing what you want to do?

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Register

for Makeup class!

  • Completing fun and practical hands-on assignments
  • Sharing your work online
  • Receiving evaluations and feedback on your work
    • Pimple coverages. Black spots.
    • Cool eyeshadow technique
      • Life saving tricks for makeup artists
      • How to be a successful makeup artist
      • How to get Makeup Pro Cards and Discounts

INTRODUCTION TO MAKEUP ARTISTRY & FOUNDATIONS

  • Makeup kit overview
  • Makeup brushes guide
  • Makeup artist appearance
  • Understanding the clients needs
  • Base matching
  • Color correction
  • Concealer

DOING WHAT YOU LOVE

They say that once you’re doing what you love, you never work a day in your life. If you truly love being creative and have a passion for makeup, this is a field that will always satisfy your true desires. This is more than a job, it’s a true career.

CONVENIENT & FLEXIBLE LEARNING

Until you’re ready to do this full time, you need the flexibility to learn at your own pace. That’s why you’ll have the ability to watch videos and practice as much as you want, long before you submit your work to be critiques by Mariana. Practice, practice, practice!

Lashundra Cosmetics – Lip Paint

Lashundra Cosmetics helps you look radiant while helping protect your skin from the signs of aging. With a diverse selection of products and shade availability, its a fun, pretty, exciting brand and users are loyal and happy to use our product!

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SWEET PEA

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Lip Paint

How To Use

– Apply the lip brush to the center of your lips and work your way out.

– Mix any colors you like to create your own shade.

Lip Stacks

What is a Lip Paint?

It’s  lipstick.

It’s Lip Gloss.

Its’s Lip Stain all Mixed up in a 5g Pot of Beautiful Color!

That is what a Lip Paint is!

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Inner Beauty

Sexy is definitely a state of mind, and with the fast pace of today’s lifestyle, women and men too are finding themselves too distracted, too anxious or too tired to feel sexy. Some companies are  cashing in on the big slump in Western libidos by creating pills containing herbs or chemicals designed to stimulate exhausted, stressed-out  people to ever more frenzied sexual activity. I think it’s sad that we’re using pills to relax our minds, what  people really need is more time to relax.

If your sex life has taken a dive, there are usually entirely natural and reasonable causes. Rather than doping yourself to feel something, try  the following tips first. They are time-honored strategies.

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Get real and take time for yourself.

If you’re working 50 hours a week, commuting, competing, keeping up with kids and   still expecting to get it on three times a week, you’re expecting too much of yourself. If your  health isn’t what it should be, if you’re having problems at work, or if you’re in financial  difficulties, your sex drive is also going to be running on empty. A natural response to hard  times, a reduced sex drive could be your body’s way of protecting you from pregnancy during times  of stress. (Of course, that’s no reason to forget your birth control: bodies aren’t that smart!) If your sex drive is nil in response to an overly  stressful lifestyle, don’t just target your sex life; take some serious time to think about how to change your overall quality of life.

Get a sitter for regular date nights.

Parents (especially new parents) are so focused on their children that sex goes right    out the window. Getting a sitter is more than just planning an evening alone: it’s something you should do on a regular basis to give you some of  your pre-parenting life back. New parents should  have a sitter lined up before the baby’s born, and should start going out alone and together right away.