|A few of my lip brushes. Very exciting eh!|
Unlike foundations, highlighters, blushers, eyeshadows, contours, illuminators, concealers, eyeliners, there really is just one type of lipstick. Aside from the myriad of finishes (matte, semi-matte, satin, glossy, lustre, crystal...) or the coverage (sheer, light, medium, full), that is. Basically, you're talking about applying a cream product...
... to a small area. Applying straight from the bullet, or using a disposable doe-foot applicator, dabbing it on (or sheering it out) with fingers, all of these work just fine. Obviously, large fluffy brushes ain't gonna cut the mustard here, you need a flat brush, preferably just ever so slightly dense and with ever so slight of a point or at least a rounded end. That's it, there's not much more to it than that.
This is the one area of makeup where I'm not too particularly fussy, and haven't spent a small fortune amassing tools. So what do I use/recommend?
As you can see from the picture above, I've got a few (very old now) Bobbi Brown brushes of very slightly differing shapes and sizes (all are synthetic). I also recommend a small brush like the Real Techniques Detailer brush (from the Core Collection - see this post for a review of the Real Techniques brushes).
The Lancôme one I think is the old #8 concealer brush (the number has long worn off) but I use it for lips - it's reasonably dense, reasonably rounded/pointed, and features natural hairs (the Lancôme brushes have been "rebooted" now and have all changed slightly).
A good budget offering is the Crown IB117 Oval Lip - this is a synthetic (taklon) brush and really excellent, especially for more sheer looks or smaller lips. And at in-or-around €3, you really can't go far wrong.
|My favourite lip brush - Face2 brand (avaialble in Ireland).|
Top down: opened/on its side, closed, opened/flat
I have also used concealer brushes (see this post) and eyeliner brushes (see this post) as lip brushes. And even detail eye shadow brushes (see this post). Anything small will do the trick.
Ultimately though, lip brushes give a nice finish and are a nice-to-have but are not 100% necessary, unless you're a makeup artist, or plan on sharing your lipsticks, or have de-potted them (look here and here and here and here and here for some great containers for this - that's more than enough links I think!). Just one will do you, and it doesn't need to be expensive.