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Concealer brushes that I use...
|Some of the brushes I use for concealer|
|General Rule of Thumb||The creamier the concealer, the fluffier the brush|
USE FOR: HEAVY, FULL COVER, CREAM OR PANCAKE TYPE CONCEALERS
eg MAC Studio Finish, Vichy Dermablend...
|Inglot 6SS. My go-to fluffy concealer brush|
My preference? I generally reach for the Inglot 6SS, so this one is probably the one I recommend most highly.
How to use? Swirl the brush in the product and then gently buff, using small circular motions, on to the area that needs concealing. I generally use this type of brush for "large area" concealing - ie using a concealer to increase coverage on a particular area of the skin (eg for covering redness or areas of hyper pigmentation). I sometimes use it for under-eye concealing. A fluffier brush can also be used for more liquid formulations, but you will find that the bristles will soak up a certain amount of product, so for this reason I generally only use them for thicker formula concealers.
USE FOR: LIQUID TYPE CONCEALERS
eg MAC Select Coverup, Select Moisturecover, Mineralize, Pro Longwear etc...
|My favourite flat concealer brush|
My preference? I generally reach for the Beauty Strokes brush. This is a double-ended concealer brush made with synthetic fibres, just enough bristles to grip and distribute the product, both ends are sufficiently pointed to get into nooks and cracks, and one is smaller than the other, for smaller areas. All-round, this is a great brush. It's also available in drugstores and chemists (and Flair also stock it) and is only around €12 I think. Highly recommended.
How to use? This brush is used to lay down concealer, using a gentle patting motion. Don't use this to buff-in product, the shape of the brush doesn't allow for it. You can use this for heavier formula concealers as well if you like, but just remember to take back* any product that's creasing before you set with powder. Generally, I use these brushes for under the eye area, but also any area that's sensitive, or for dry skin, where I don't want to be using a buffing action.
*"Taking back" a product that has creased just means smoothing it out, removing the excess. You can do this gently with your fingers, a sponge, a brush or by blotting with a tissue. It's an important step before you powder, otherwise you just set the crease in-place.
Spot Concealing is detailed work - it means covering a tiny area of skin with concealer (or corrector); this might be a spot or blemish, a broken capillary, a tiny scar, an undesirable beauty spot or very obvious freckle that you want to hide. As you need to place a tiny amount of (usually high coverage) concealer exactly where it's needed and nowhere else, generally you will need a small pointed brush. The one I use and recommend is the Ruby & Millie Pointed Concealer Brush (shown in the image above), however I believe this brand is being discontinued, so something like the MAC 209 (or any pointed eyeliner brush) would do the trick nicely too.
Some More Concealer-Related Links...
- Look here for under-eye concealers
- Look here to help you pick out the correct colour concealer for your skin tones.
- This link here explains the MAC concealers available on the market
- This link gives my overall concealer recommendations
- This one has some information on drugstore branded concealers
- Look here for how I clean my makeup brushes